photo: Erika Laurion

“Folk Photographer” Tim Freccia has photographed and filmed the stories of people from a broad cross section of economic, social and ethnic backgrounds for nearly thirty years.

His work has been featured in VICE Magazine, The New York Times, Business Week, Al Jazeera, BBC, Global Post, Neue Züricher Zeitung, The Age, The National, Die Zeit, Der Spiegel, AP, Stern Online, TIME Magazine and a variety of other print and broadcast outlets.

Freccia was born in Seattle and began his working career as an Alaska fisherman at age sixteen. He has covered crisis, conflict and social issues worldwide since 1989.

Through the late 1980s, Freccia covered Haiti, obtaining exclusives with military coup leaders. Into the 1990s, he worked in North and West Africa shooting stills and video, including interviews with Nelson Mandela and former Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade.

In the 1990s Freccia settled in Berlin Germany, was a co-founder and creative director of three full-service communications agencies, servicing large multinationals including Unilever, as well shooting commercial stills and video.

In 2005, Freccia spent ten months covering the Indian Ocean Tsunami response. He shot stills and video, producing over 100 hours of footage- the largest existing archive of motion picture material acquired at ground zero, in Aceh Province, Indonesia.

In 2007, Freccia designed, and acted as Creative Director for an IPTV (interactive television) platform with Deutsche Telekom, and delivered a series of still photo and video dispatches from Kashmir.

Freccia has produced still photography and motion pictures for most major NGOs and organizations including the UN, CARE, Human Rights Watch, World Vision and the German umbrella fund raising organization Aktion Deutschland Hilft, in Europe, Asia and Africa, as well as for small, focused humanitarian organizations.

In 2008, Freccia began a series of ongoing dispatches on war and humanitarian crises from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

He documented Haiti’s 7.0 earthquake in depth, and has made a number of trips to Mogadishu, Somalia over the years.

He has worked extensively in South Sudan, including with with actors and activists George Clooney and Mia Farrow, and has produced for VICE Media on South Sudan’s current civil war and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Freccia is currently based in New York, and works globally.

Freccia’s fine art series “Yirol” and “Life and Death” are represented by Ricco/Maresca Gallery in NYC.