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Ed Ou


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Ed Ou (b.1986) is a culturally ambiguous Canadian photojournalist who has been bouncing around the Middle East, former Soviet Union, Africa, and the Americas. His photography has so far taken him from dark eerie crypts in Madagascar, to radioactive lakes in Kazakhstan, refugee boats in the Gulf of Aden, to animatronic love doll factories in Tokyo. He started his career early as a teenager, covering the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, and the fall of the Islamic Courts in Mogadishu, Somalia while he was studying in the Middle East. He first worked for Reuters and the Associated Press, covering a wide range of news stories in the area. He was also an intern at the New York Times. After university, he moved to Kazakhstan, where he documented the tragic consequences of Soviet nuclear weapons testing in Semipalatinsk. Recently, he has been covering the wave of uprisings that has rocked the Arab World. Ed has been the recipient of a Global Vision Award, World Understand Award, and Photographer of the Year Award from POYi, a 1st Place Contemporary Issues award from World Press Photo, and other recognition from the Overseas Press Club, Ian Parry Scholarship, Best of Photojournalism, PDN Photo Annual, UNICEF, among others. He has been selected for a Getty Images Editorial Grant, PDN 30 Under 30, and took part in the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. In 2011, he was awarded the City of Perpignan Young Reporter Award. In 2012, he was selected for the TED Fellows Programme. He speaks English, Arabic, Mandarin, and gets by in Hebrew and French. He is represented by Reportage by Getty Images.

Fun facts

Favorite meal:
Turkish home cooked food with beans, rice, and lentil soup.

Vital Stats

Fellows Class
TEDGlobal 2012
Chinese (Traditional)
Living in
Istanbul, Turkey
Working in
The Middle East, Central Asia
Born in
Neihu District, Taiwan