Photographers Archives: Gwenn Dubourthoumieu

Gwenn Dubourthoumieu ( I became interesting in photography while working in Africa for NGOs. I established himself in Kinshasa as a professional photographer from April 2010 to February 2012, working, among others, for the French Press Agency and I recently moved to Paris and joined Myop agency. Since 2010, my work has been regularly awarded. This year, I have been short listed at the Sony World Photography Awards in the category “Fine Art – Portraiture” and I have been awarded the jury’s special prize at the 8th Days Japan International Photojournalism Festival. In 2011, I was awarded the jury’s special mention at the Roger Pic Prize and the investigation prize at the European Journalism Festival, and I received the Getty Images Grant for Good for my work “Raped Lives” about sexual violence in the DRC. In 2010, I was already short listed among the exceptional finalists of the same grant, and was awarded the jury special prize at the International Scoop and Journalism festival of Angers.

«After all of them had raped me, I went back home. I felt very bad and I was afraid to tell my husband. So I hid my bruised body. Several years later I noticed spots on my body, so I spoke to a doctor. I was diagnosed with AIDS. They warned my husband. They advised him to take care of me. But my husband hated me. He left me. Today I live alone with our children».

Gwenn Dubourthoumieu | Raped Lives

With 48 rapes per hour according to a speculative study realized by the American Journal of Health, the Democratic Republic of Congo continues to be notorious for being the “rape capital of the world”…


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