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Making of the portraits of the 2013 United Nations Mine Action in South Sudan by Emmy award-winning photographer Marco Grob

4/06/2013 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

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United Nations, 5 April 2013 - After decades of war South Sudan is contaminated with thousands of deadly unexploded bombs and landmines. These explosives threaten the lives and livelihoods of South Sudan's inhabitants, and are still an impediment to development, peace and stability.

Emmy award-winning photographer Marco Grob travels to South Sudan to photograph the Mundari tribesmen as they roam vast plains in search of grazing land for their cattle. Here is an inside look into the creation of these stunning photographs.

Mundari tribe members of South Sudan are especially vulnerable to the threat of land mines and other unexploded ordnance since they move around the country frequently to feed and water their cattle (Marco Grob)

Marco has worked with UNMAS since 2010, and has taken portraits of mine action work in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Sudan.

Hameedullah has worked as a deminer with MAPA's implementing partner DDG for three years

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Born in Olten, Switzerland, Marco started his career as a photographer’s assistant in Los Angeles. After his return to Switzerland, he opened his first studio and worked as a still life photographer. In 2003, he decided to change his career towards portrait and fashion photography. Since then, he has photographed celebrities such as us presidents Obama, Clinton and George w. Bush, George Clooney, Leonardo Dicaprio, Jeff Bridges, Colin Firth, Sandra Bullock, Steve Jobs, Buzz Aaldrin, Hillary Clinton, David Lynch, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Robert Plant, Sir Elton John, Daniel Day Lewis, and Pink, just to name a few. He worked for magazines like Time, National Geographic, Interview, New York Magazine, Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, Elle, Cosmopolitan and Das Zeit Magazin. His advertising clients are the Walt Disney Studios, Warner Brothers, Tag Heuer, Adidas, BBC, Nike, ARD and Louis Vuitton.

He realized several film project's including - "Beyond 9/11" and "Voices of 9/11" ,for Time Magazine, HBO and CNN. " Moments with Patti "(with Patti Smith) for time magazine. "Mine Action" (United Nations) "Risk Takers" (National Geographic Magazine) and Unicef.

Marco’s work earned him numerous awards, topped with an Emmy Award in 2012 and the prestigious Hasselblad master in 2007.



Take a look at this selection of images, including this photo of a member of an all-female demining team, from photographer and mine action global advocate Marco Grob's recent trip to South Sudan. 

Photo gallery: via Time Magazine Photo