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Aga Szydlik

I am cultural photographer and doctoral candidate currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa. I grew up in Poland, and later moved to Seattle, USA to attend University of Washington, where I have completed a degree in Molecular Biology. I have continued my scientific career in San Diego, California before moving to Thailand, where I practiced Muay Thai and documented fight matches across SE Asia. Over the subsequent years, my travels took me across many countries and continents, diverse cultures and environments, experiences that allowed me to fully understand, and appreciate diverse beauty of our planet. Focus of my photography is to capture and document tribal heritage, everyday humanity, personal stories which inspire me to live and travel with depth and purpose. My assignments involve both freelance work and collaborations with various NGOs. I use my education and expertise to raise health awareness, support human rights, conservation efforts, and empower most vulnerable and less privileged members of our societies.

Color of earth and blood: the Himba of Namibia

Exploring Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist temple

People of the Earth: San tribe

Keepers of the rainforest: The Mentawai of Siberut Island