A Long Walk
How do you represent a journey in an image? Thirty thousand men, women, and children from Sudan’s Blue Nile state sought an end to nine months of terror and trauma when they crossed the border into neighboring South Sudan in June 2012. They joined a population of 70,000 refugees who preceded them in fleeing Khartoum’s deadly military campaign to crush the northern remnant of the Southern liberation movement.
Photographer Shannon Jensen produced this compelling, thought-provoking and compassionate account of this journey using the battered, worn out shoes of weary travellers; an item so familiar to all of us we cannot help but take the journey with each and every person subjected to this ordeal.
The work was recently awarded at the 2013 Amnesty International Media Awards in the Photojournalism category.
Shannon Jensen is an American documentary photographer based between East Africa & the UK.
Her work has been awarded by Amnesty International, Pictures of the Year International, Days Japan and the Magenta Foundation. She was selected for American Photography 28 & 29 and featured on Getty Reportage's Emerging Talent roster from 2011 – 2013. Clients and publications include The New York Times, Newsweek, Saturday Telegraph Magazine, Monocle, Le Monde, 6Mois, GEO, Stern, Vanity Fair Italy, National Geographic, Oxfam and Medecins Sans Frontieres.
Shannon graduated in 2007 from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School with a B.S. in Economics.
The featured photographer for July 2013 was Shannon Jensen