Andrea is an award winning documentary photographer whose work focuses on people living in the aftermath of war. She concentrates on the social issues that are sometimes ignored and often ignited in war’s wake.
Her clients include National Geographic and The New York Times, as well as many publications around the globe. Andrea was a 2016 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University where she studied political theory and democracy.
Andrea started working in Iraq in 2003, bringing a local reporter’s knack for intimacy and community focus to the lives of Iraqis and the US military. For over 10 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 after graduating from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995. She is now a member/ owner of the photo agency NOOR.
Andrea was a 2016 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University where she studied political theory and democracy. Her awards include a 2014 World Press Photo 2nd prize for Daily Life singles for the image ‘Soldier’s Funeral’ and the inaugural Chris Hondros Fund Award in 2012 for the “commitment, willingness and sacrifice shown in her work.” In 2010, the White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA) awarded Andrea a grant for her work on conflict in Ingushetia. She has been named Photographer of the Year four times by the WHNPA, received several awards from the Pictures of the Year International contest, including the 2017 Environmental Vision Award, and was awarded the prestigious John Faber Award from the Overseas Press Club in New York.
In 2018, she won the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award, given by the International Women’s Media Foundation to a “woman photojournalist whose work reflects courage and dedication.”
Currently she is a CatchLight Fellow and a National Geographic Explorer and is based in North Carolina.