Ashley Gilbertson is an Australian photographer and writer living in New York City. He is member of the VII Photo Agency, a frequent contributor to The New York Times and a collaborator with UNICEF. He is also founder of Shell Shock Pictures.

Early on, Gilbertson’s work focused on refugees, an interest that in 2002, led him to Iraq. His work from that country, earned critical acclaim from the Overseas Press Club which awarded Gilbertson the  Robert Capa Gold Medal for his 2004 work in Falluja. Gilberton’s first book, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, released in 2007 to critical acclaim, went on to become a best seller.

After Iraq, Gilbertson shifted his focus to veterans issues, drawing attention to post traumatic stress disorder, suicide, and traumatic brain injuries. Gilbertson’s second book, Bedrooms Of The Fallen, a collection of photographs depicting the intact bedrooms of service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, was released in 2014. That work was published in The New York Times Magazine, and received a prestigious Ellie award, regarded as the Pulitzer Prize of the magazine world.

Today, Gilbertson is widely recognized for his critical eye and his unique approaches to social issues. Gilbertson continues to focus on refugees and migrants, with an emphasis on Africa and Europe. 

In addition to working as an photographer, Gilbertson works on multi media stories–a 2013 story on the South China Sea earned him a Emmy nomination; commercial assignments for Apple Computer and the Ad Council; group projects with colleagues at VII Photo; as well as regularly lecturing at universities and museums globally. 

Gilbertson’s work is included in the permanent collections of numerous museums and art galleries around the world.


Photo: Martin Fuchs

Photo: Martin Fuchs