New York Times Opinion Piece by Ashley Gilbertson

Wrote an opinion piece for the NY Times for a story I photographed on assignment for UNICEF.

Palermo, Italy — LAST year, the news media focused intensely on the European refugee crisis. Some 800,000 people crossed the Mediterranean to Greece, many fleeing wars we had a hand in creating, in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Each segment of their journey was carefully documented by thousands of reporters and photographers.

But there is another humanitarian crisis in Europe we have heard much less about: the roughly 200,000 migrants and refugees who left Africa for Italysince last year. This year alone, some 2,000 have died while making the voyage.

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Captives of Boko Haram Return Home to Scorn by Ashley Gilbertson

A story I worked on in Nigeria ran in The New York Times, about Boko Haram captives, who are liberated by military and then shunned and further abused by the civilian population.

Zara, who gave birth after being raped by an insurgent, said, “They’ll never forget who her father is, just like a leopard never forgets its spots.” 

Tough Commute? Try Getting Gas in Nigeria by Ashley Gilbertson

A story I worked on for The New York Times in Lagos, Nigeria ran in todays paper. Working Nigeria's a rough beat: people can be very confrontational, especially in high stress environments. It's important to remember that Nigerian's, who are served by one of the most corrupt governments in the world, have been forced to act this way to survive, and that a shouting match or a fight is almost never personal. 

The conductor of a Danfo, a type of public minibus, shouts at staff members of the Oando Petrol Station after his van hit two people while speeding into the station. 

The conductor of a Danfo, a type of public minibus, shouts at staff members of the Oando Petrol Station after his van hit two people while speeding into the station. 

 

 

David Bowie Died by Ashley Gilbertson

David Bowie died, and I wanted to shoot something of people marking the loss. I got on assignment for the NY Times, and went around town seeking out different memorials, hoping to find stuff at peoples homes, bars, tattoo parlors. I worked all day but didn't find much beyond the flowers outside Bowie's house in SoHo. The Times ran a photo early, though the stronger image came in after deadline: 

Cassandra Lee Jones, a die hard Bowie fan, cried at a makeshift memorial after placing flowers for the dead star.

Cassandra Lee Jones, a die hard Bowie fan, cried at a makeshift memorial after placing flowers for the dead star.

Hacker Hostel in Bloomberg Businessweek by Ashley Gilbertson

While I was on assignment photographing Tim Cook back in late 2014, I visited Silicon Valley and felt like I'd had a chance to visit the future. I needed to find an angle to represent the tech movement, and came across this hacker hostel - 20Mission - forty people crammed into an old crackhouse in San Francisco's Mission district. It ran in Bloomberg Businessweek in mid 2015.