Norbert Schiller

With Polisario refugees in western Algeria, Nov. 1989 (top) and a Militia in Kismayo, Somalia, Sept. 1992 (above)

Norbert Schiller has lived and worked in the Middle East and Africa as a news photographer for over a quarter of a century beginning in the early 1980s. He worked for numerous news agencies, magazines and newspapers which include the Associated Press, Agence France Presse, European Press Agency, United Press International and the New York Times and the German weekly Der Spiegel. During that time he covered three Iraq wars; conflicts and famine in the Horn of Africa; Islamist insurgencies in Egypt and North Africa and the Arab Israeli conflict, to name a few. He also wrote about his experiences for a variety of publications and co-authored a number of books about the region.

Besides taking his own pictures he is an avid collector of 19th and 20th century photography of the Middle East and North Africa and maintains a collection in the tens of thousands. His acquisitions regularly appear on www.photorientalist.org, a website that Schiller created to exhibit his and other photo collectors’ treasures.

You can contact Schiller at: nschiller@photorientalist.org.

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