Making Connections:
Photographic Storytellers from Around the World

Cosponsored with the National Geographic Society

Monday, October 1, 2007
Kresge Auditorium


The National Geographic Society’s All Roads Film Project recognizes and supports indigenous and underrepresented storytellers from around the world who are documenting their changing cultures and communities through photography and film. For the third consecutive year of this popular program, we present talented artists from around the world who have been selected by the National Geographic Society to present their work and reflect on ways their images and stories make connections that help create a more just and beautiful world.


Akintunde Akinleye took up photography as a hobby during his school days before joining Daily Independent Newspapers in Nigeria as a staff photographer in 2003. He holds a master’s degree in Educational Technology from the University of Lagos and is the first Nigerian photographer to have received the prestigious World Press Photo award.


Oded Balilty was born in Jerusalem in 1979. In 1998 he served as a photographer for the Israeli Defense Forces magazine. In 2002, at the peak of the Israeli-Palestinian intifada, he began working for the Associated Press in Jerusalem. In addition to Israeli-Palestinian issues, Balilty has covered the 2003 NATO Summit in Istanbul, the 2004 elections in Ukraine, and the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. This year he received the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Photography for his photograph of a lone Jewish woman defying Israeli security forces as they remove illegal settlers in the West Bank.


Katja Gauriloff was born in Inari, Northern Lapland where her grandmother is the most famous Skolt Sámi traditional storyteller. She has studied film directing at the Tampere School of Art and Media. Today she is a film director and part-owner of Oktober Production Company. A Shout into the Wind is her first documentary film.


Born in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, in 1976, Altaf Qadri trained as a computer engineer before he made photography his profession. Growing up amid the turmoil of mass uprisings against Indian rule, he realized that a camera can serve as an important tool to give people a voice. He began his photojournalism career with local dailies in 2001 and joined the European Pressphoto Agency wire service in 2003. He has been covering the Kashmir conflict extensively for several years and hopes his pictures convey the grassroots situation of Kashmir and how it affects all aspects of life.

CHRIS RAINIER (National Geographic Society)

Chris Rainier is considered one today’s leading documentary photographers. His mission is to document the disappearing cultures and tribes remaining on the planet. His photographic essays have appeared in a range of national and international publications and are in numerous permanent collections around the world. In addition to Keepers of the Spirit and Where Masks Still Dance, he has recently published Ancient Marks, a book documenting tattooing and scarification around the world in both traditional and contemporary cultures. From 1980 to 1985, he was a photographic assistant to the late Ansel Adams. Chris is now a National Geographic photographer and co-director with Wade Davis of the Society’s Ethnosphere Project. He lives among the mountains and streams of Aspen, Colorado.


Sarah Del Seronde is the daughter of a Diné mother and French father. Her bicultural identity shaped her educational pursuits, interests in travel and global indigenous peoples, and the desire to be a bridge between cultures. She obtained her master’s degree in the American Indian Studies program at the University of Arizona in 2000.

PAUL STOLL (Arizona)

Paul Stoll is of Tongan and German-American descent. A graduate of the Zaki Gordon Institute, he is co-founder of Aboriginal Lens Ltd., an independent multimedia production company based in Flagstaff, Arizona.

A YIN (Inner Mongolia)

Born into a poor herdsman’s family in Inner Mongolia, A Yin is a self-taught freelance photographer. In 1998, he started a project on the vanishing nomadic tribes in the Wu Zhu Qin grasslands under the documentary title Mongolian. He set up a commercial studio that he self-funded to finance his personal work. Yin continues to follow the traditional lifestyle of a Mongolian herdsman while carrying out his project to document the destruction of the grasslands. As well as documenting the disappearing lifestyle, he uses his photography to raise awareness of the plight of the grasslands.

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