Nichole Sobecki is a visual journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya.
From 2012-2015 Nichole worked for Agence France-Presse producing regular video and photo features, and coordinating their video coverage of East Africa. She was the Turkey Correspondent for Global Post from 2008-2011, based in Istanbul, Turkey. During that time she also covered the early days of the Libyan uprising, the ongoing war in Afghanistan, developmental challenges facing Nepal, and the aftermath of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. In 2007 Nichole worked for the Daily Star, Lebanon’s English language newspaper based in Beirut.
Nichole shot and edited "The Luckiest Man: Gun Violence in Urban America," a documentary, and "Shooting for Peace," an initiative of the Jacob Burns Film Center.
Nichole was raised in Pleasantville, NY. She studied political science at Tufts University and photography at the International Center of Photography and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. While at Tufts Nichole was active in the Institute for Global Leadership’s photojournalism program, [EXPOSURE], and now serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute’s Program for Narrative and Documentary Practice, founded and directed by Gary Knight. In 2005 she interned with photojournalist James Nachtwey.
In 2012 Nichole was selected by the Magenta Foundation as a Flash Forward Emerging Photographer winner. In 2013 she was honored by POYI for her multimedia story “The Cancer Divide: Tzippy.” In 2014 Nichole was a Rory Peck Awards News Finalist for her work covering the Westgate mall attacks in Kenya, and received the Alexandra Boulat Award for Photojournalism, which promotes the creation of documentary work with a social purpose. In 2016 she was part of the Wall Street Journal team that won the Refugee Reporting Award at the One World Media Awards, and was awarded the New Lens Award by the Jacob Burns Film Center.
She is a contributor to Everyday Africa, a collection of images shot on mobile phones across the continent, and an attempt to showcase the moments missing from dramatic news images — everyday life that is neither idealized nor debased.
Nichole works in a combination of photography, text, audio and video recordings, believing that complex stories often lend themselves to different forms of narration.
Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National Geographic, Newsweek, Time, Foreign Policy, The Financial Times, The Guardian, and Le Monde.
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