Nyani Quarmyne



Photography is my way of trying to make sense of the world. I’m often drawn to work on things that I feel are not as they should be, or on subjects that invite us to consider how things might otherwise be. Much of my work over the past several years has revolved around global health issues and the environment.

Personal work includes tramadol addiction, the underreported global snakebite crisis, sickle cell disease, and an exploration of the lives of a small cloister of nuns in an abandoned valley in the Caucasus Mountains. Commissions have ranged from documenting digital financial services in Madagascar, to humanitarian relief efforts in Mauritania, to community-driven Internet connectivity in rural Kyrgyzstan.

Over the past year or so my main focus was "Tree Palaver", a project a couple of colleagues and I developed in partnership with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung with funding from the European Journalism Centre. We explored examples of humanity's relationships to trees and forests, considered their impacts, and looked at how theymight be re-imaginednot just for the sake of climate and environment, but also for humanity's own mental, economic and social wellbeing.