Stephanie Sinclair is known for gaining unique access to the most sensitive gender and human rights issues around the world. She has photographed the defining conflicts of the past decade with fearless persistence. Although she has covered the dramatic events of war, her most arresting works confront the everyday brutality faced by young girls. Sinclair’s decade-long project, Too Young to Wed, began after encountering young Afghan women who'd set themselves on fire as a result of being forced into marriage as children. From Afghanistan, she went on to photograph underage wives in Nepal, India, Ethiopia, Tanzania, South Sudan, Yemen, and the Americas. Her studies of domestic life in these countries bring into sharp relief the physical and emotional tolls that entrenched social conventions can take on those most vulnerable to abuse. Sinclair’s images mark an exchange of trust and compassion. But by consenting to be photographed at their most vulnerable, the people depicted in these images also demonstrate a rare bravery.
Sinclair is also the Founder and Executive Director of Too Young to Wed, a nonprofit providing visual evidence of the human rights challenges faced by women and girls around the world. TYTW amplifies their courageous voices to build a global community dedicated to ending child marriage and supporting positive change for these girls. TYTW partners with local nonprofits and supports income-generating projects, literacy classes and girl engagement groups where the girls in these stories live.
Sinclair's honors for this project include three World Press Photo awards and prestigious exhibitions at the United Nations (2014, 2012) and the Whitney Biennial (2010) in New York. A recipient of the Pulitzer Prize (2000), Sinclair’s photographs are regularly published worldwide in esteemed outlets such as National Geographic and The New York Times Magazine.