Photojournalist, Getty Images Reportage / Winner IPA 2017 Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year
Giles started his career as a 16mm camera assistant in a daily news production company (Cintec) in Berlin in the mid 1980’s. He then trained and worked as a professional black and white photographic printer in London and New York City during the 1990’s. He spent over 12 years in the darkroom printing for fashion and advertising clients -including the late Richard Avedon in 1995-96. After a stint in Los Angeles working for UK’s Channel 4 and on web-based content for commercial clients, Giles returned to New York in 2008 to pursue still photography. Now focusing almost entirely on humanitarian and conflict issues, Giles’s work has been featured recently by The United Nations (OCHA), American Photography 31 and 32, Amnesty International, CNN, The Guardian, Global Witness, The Lucie Foundation, The New Yorker, The New York Times, National Press Photographers Association, Paris Match, PDN, POYi, TIME, Visa Pour l’Image-Perpignan, and The Washington Post amongst others.
Giles is a visiting lecturer and an Advisory Board member at the Cine Institute, Haiti’s only tuition-free arts college. He’s an avid supporter and content contributor for Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ), a Haiti-based NGO that addresses issues of poverty and social injustices around the world. Giles also works closely with the Bhopal Medical Appeal having documented the plight of victims from the 1984 Bhopal tragedy (and world’s worst industrial disaster) for the past ten years.
He spent 2016 on the road with Ban Ki-moon, documenting his work with the United Nations during the last year as the Secretary General.
Currently working on projects for UN OCHA (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) covering the East African famine and the Yemen crisis.