In my work, I attempt to break through the cliches and stereotypes that divide our world by concentrating on the emotions that humanity has in common. No one will care about a culture different from their own unless they can relate to it first. Empathy is the goal.
— Andrea Bruce


A Brave New World: Factory Girls in India

Based in North Carolina, USA

Available for commissions
& assignments

Andrea Bruce (USA) is a documentary photographer who brings attention to people living in the aftermath of war. She concentrates on the social issues that are sometimes ignored and often ignited in war's wake. 

Andrea started working in Iraq in 2003, following the intricacies and obstacles of the conflict experienced by Iraqis and the US military. For over ten years she has chronicled the world's most troubled areas, focusing on Iraq and Afghanistan. For eight years she worked as a staff photographer for The Washington Post and later as part of the VII Network (2010-2011). At The Post, she originated and authored a weekly column called "Unseen Iraq.” She also worked at The Concord Monitor and The St. Petersburg Times and after graduating from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Her awards include top honors from the White House News Photographers Association (where she has been named Photographer of the Year four times), several awards from the International Pictures of the Year contest, and the prestigious John Faber Award from the Overseas Press Club in New York. In 2010 she received the WHNPA grant for her work in Ingushetia and was a 2011 recipient of the Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship. In 2012 she was the recipient of the first Chris Hondros Fund Award for the “commitment, willingness and sacrifice shown in her work.” The World Press Photo awarded her 2nd prize Daily Life singles for the image 'Soldier's Funeral’ in 2014. In 2016 she was a recipient of the Harvard Nieman Fellowship.

Currently, Andrea Bruce is a CatchLight Fellow and a National Geographic Explorer.

Selected Stories


A Place to Go: Sanitation and Open Defecation

In our heavily populated world, poor sanitation contaminates water and food supplies, making it one of the most deadly issues humans face today. But words like open defecation, feces and sanitation are uncomfortable.

This is rarely a topic politicians want to champion. Today, India is trying to change that, following in the footsteps of countries like Vietnam who desperately want to change the health of their country’s workforce and children.

rural reality meets bangalore dreams

India is trying to transform itself into a manufacturing economy, and for this, it must find workers. In this case, workers have been brought here at government expense from remote villages, from a population that has never before been thrust into the economy: unmarried women.

The Regime: Syria

In the Syrian province of Latakia, a regime stronghold, a small village mourns the loss of a son. Killed in an ambush at the other end of the country the lieutenant — whose family asked that he be called by his nickname, Abu Layth. 

the caucasus at a crossroad: ingushetia

The Republic of Ingushetia is a splinter of land west of Chechnya that is caught in Russia’s struggle to hold on to the North Caucasus. This project focuses on the Ingush people and the changes they confront in the wake of violence in Chechnya and Georgia. 

Selected Portraits


News, Education & Exhibition

Andrea Bruce | Blurb Book

Cotton Widows, Pakistan, 2012 | Print

The Boxer, Afghanistan, 2012 | Print