Documentary photojournalism in pursuit of peace and justice.
When I first drafted my resume after college, my career goal was "documentary photojournalism covering social justice issues." In my first job I served as Web Editor for Sojourners magazine from 1999-2010, where I enjoyed the mix of skills needed for that job as it evolved over the years, but never left my first love: photography.
During my years at Sojourners, I sought out various independent projects, including trips to Honduras, Uganda, Colombia, Palestine and Israel, Zambia, and the post-Katrina Gulf Coast.
After 11 years in DC, I moved to East Jerusalem to work for the development NGO Mennonite Central Committee, sharing the position of Program Administrator with my wife Ingrid. During that time I joined the Activestills photography collective, which includes Israeli, Palestinian, and international members. After two years in Jerusalem, we moved to Bethlehem where I had the opportunity to do photography full time with MCC partner Alternative Information Center, a joint Israeli-Palestinian media organization. Our first child, Lukas, was born there on August 1, 2012.
Since our time in Palestine ended in June 2014, Ingrid and I spent a month in Iraqi Kurdistan before relocating to Oslo, Norway. Here, I continue to work as a freelance journalist, covering issues of human rights, conflict, and social justice, with an ongoing interest in Palestine and Israel.
-Ryan Rodrick Beiler