Neil Shea


Ramadi Nights ... is a riveting read.

Blog of the Nation
from NPR's Talk of the Nation

Notebook Project

I’m experimenting lately with the storytelling possibilities of Instagram. During recent fieldwork in Kenya for National Geographic, I’ve been shooting iPhone photos and pairing them with short stories about the people who appear in the pages of my notebooks—people I met briefly or traveled with for days, who taught me or shared a secret, who offered something along the way that helped me see more deeply. Most of them will never appear in the pages of a magazine, but all of them are part of the journey. I don’t know yet if Instagram is a good fit for this sort of short-story sharing, but it’s been interesting so far. I invite you to have a look:

A Gathering Menace

Making Taliban

Ramadi Nights

Stumbling Towards Victory in Iraq

The Revolution is

Castro's Cuba at 50

Omo River

Africa's Last Frontier

Paris Underground

What lies below the City of Lights?

Writing the Future

Dispatches from Kenya, August 2013

Wedding Crashers

Documentary work vs. Buzz kill :: Dispatch from Kenya, August 2013

We Don’t Talk About That Stuff Here

Dispatch from Iraq: How Long Does Identity Last?

“God, country. Then family.”

The View from an Iraqi Classroom :: May 2013

Al Taqaddum

Behind the Story: Looking back at Iraq