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Greg Marinovich is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer who has spent 25 years doing conflict, documentary and news photography around the globe.

He is the co-author of The Bang-Bang Club and author of Murder at Small Koppie, which won the Alan Paton award for non-fiction in 2017.

Marinovich has made several documentary films, most with Leonie Marinovich. He was a World Press Photo judge in 1994 & 2005. Marinovich was Editor-In-Chief of the World Press Foundation Twenty Ten project, managing 100 African journalists and trainers in all forms of media, culminating in coverage of the first African FIFA World Cup in 2010.

He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2013/14 and then co-founded a long-form photographic agency, The Stand Global.

He was the Chief Photographer for the Associated Press in Jerusalem from 1995-1997 and was the Picture Editor at The Sunday Times from 2005-2007. His work has been represented by agencies such as Sygma (Paris), Camera Press (London), Gamma-Liaison (NYC), Matrix (NYC) and Getty Images. He is an Associate Editor at the Daily Maverick.

Currently Marinovich teaches visual journalism at Boston University as a Master Lecturer at the College of Communication and also teaches a graduate course in advanced photography at Harvard University.


  • Pulitzer Prize for spot news (1991)
  • Leica Award (1990)
  • Overseas Press Club (1991)
  • UN Recognition for Services to Humanity, (1994)
  • Mondi Award Magazine Photography (1995)
  • Diageo (2007)
  • Vodacom Journalist of the Year (2007)
  • Nat Nakasa Award Courageous Journalism (2009)
  • Alan Paton Award for non-fiction (2017)
  • Bachelor of Science, Journalism, Boston University (2018)


The Bang-Bang Club (with Joao Silva), 2000, Random House
The Prospects of Babel, 2008, Silver Halide Publishing
Source to Sea Orange-Senqu River, 2013, UNDP
Murder at Small Koppie 2016, Penguin SA / 2017, Michigan State University
Glimpses of War Penguin Random House SA / 2019


  • ‘Dead Zone’ Constitutional Court, Johannesburg 2019
  • Xxxxx. with Leonie Marinovich (Auburn University 2018)
  • ‘Meaning of Mandela’ (Harvard University 2014)
  • ‘Marikana’ (2012)
  • Rise & Fall of Apartheid ICP 2013 (collective)
  • ‘Prospects of Babel’ 2008 (Bell-Roberts Gallery, CT) w Leonie Marinovich
  • ‘Scars’ 2006 (Everard Reed Gallery, Jhb)
  • ‘Almost Seen’ 2004 (Ghent, Belgium & Jhb)
  • ‘The Conquered Land’ 2002 (Jhb)
  • ‘AIDS’ 2000 (Jhb)
  • ‘blank___Architecture, apartheid and after’ (Rotterdam, 1999; Berlin 2000)
  • ‘Croatia’ 1993 (Jhb)
  • ‘Bosnia & Croatia’ 1993 (UN)
  • ‘Somalia’ 1992 (Jhb)


  • Crime Special (1995)
  • Shembe (1998)
  • Ten Days in Afghanistan (1999)
  • The Way of The Forefathers (2000)
  • Village of the Spirits (2001)
  • Looking for Luck (2002)
  • The Lord’s Children (2004)
  • small boys big guns (2004)
  • Conversations with Goldblatt (2005)
  • Njengue, Spirit of the Forest (2005)
  • Dancers of God (2005)
  • Series of films for EU & UNICEF (2010)
  • Marikana I & II, (2012)


MS Journalism at Boston University, 2020 (anticipated)