Adriane Ohanesian

United States

Category: photo published

Born in New York, Adriane received her B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Conflict Resolution from Colorado College in 2008 and graduated from the International Center of Photography's Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Program in 2010. Upon the completion of her degree, she moved to Sudan and has been photographing mainly in Africa ever since.

Adriane has continued to document the civil war in South Sudan, fighting in Somalia, clashes in Burundi, and has been the only photographer in the past ten years to access the rebel-controlled areas of Darfur, Sudan. Adriane's ongoing focus has been on the impact that conflict has on isolated civilian populations. She strives to cover all aspects of conflict, often exploring the isolation and desperation of people who have no other choice but to endure the reality of life within a war zone.

In 2015, Adriane was selected as one of Getty Images Emerging Photographers. In 2016, she won a World Press Photo Award for her work in Darfur, and The Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award. In 2017, Adriane was recognized as one of PDN's 30 New and Emerging photographers. Adriane is currently based in Nairobi, Kenya.


The Price of Basmati

National Geographic Holland, El País

The basmati rice in the supermarket comes in packaging that advertises pristine farmland and flowing Himalayan rivers. However, where the rice is grown in Punjab, India, the people and the land are suffering. Pesticide use in the town of Mari Mustafa has contaminated the water causing a plague of cancer. Relying on an abundant yield to make a living, the farmers and their fields are reliant on pesticides to produce their most important crops: cotton, wheat, and rice. Eighty percent of the basmati rice that is grown in the Punjab region is for export.

As the nutrients in the ground become more depleted, and the addiction to the chemicals increases, further contaminating the water supply. The farming community has little choice but to continue to bathe, clean their food, and wash their animals in the toxic water. It is difficult to find a family in Mari Mastafa that has not lost a family member to cancer.

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