Neil Shea


Africa’s Last Frontier is a compelling story, superbly told, about change in African society. The writing is clean and concise, and the story is framed in a way that demands we read it all in one sitting.

Society of American Travel Writers

Letter from Kakuma

This story from the Kakuma Refugee Camp, out now in The American Scholar, began as a post on Instagram. It’s an experiment in seeing how small stories can grow into larger ones, and move across media. The Scholar is also running a series of portraits I made during my time there, including one of these sisters, whose story is up on my Instagram feed.

Telling stories is about gathering fragments of truth and sharing as many as you can. I hope this work will help erase distance, reveal struggles, and frame beauty in the lives of the people I met in Kenya’s northern desert. I’ve been searching for new ways to think about what photographer Donald Weber recently called “the periphery,” and this collaboration is an experiment in trying to get there—to reach further, and show more, from the edges.

Fly by Light

The Men Who Would Fly Forever | in National Geographic

Short / True

Words + Pictures | Instagram

A Gathering Menace

Making Taliban | in The American Scholar

The Revolution is

Castro's Cuba at 50 | in VQR | Winner of the Silver Lowell Thomas Award

Ramadi Nights

Stumbling Towards Victory in Iraq | in VQR

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