Kate Schoenbach is an independent photojournalist and BBC contributor specializing in global humanitarian issues. Through photography and video, she creates compelling narratives which shine a light on social injustices. Most recently, Kate’s work documenting the legacy of the Ovaherero and Nama genocide in Namibia appeared on BBC's website, where it received over 2 million views – making it one of the most-watched BBC Africa videos in 2017.
Kate comes to photography from a unique angle. Prior to studying photography at New York's School of Visual Arts, she studied International Political Economy at New York’s Fordham University and obtained an MSc in Economics from the University of London. Her studies in economics and international relations have given her a deeper understanding of social issues, which has allowed her to connect more holistically with the environments in which she photographs and writes about.
What Kate loves about photography is its ability to connect people from all walks of life, as it is the universal language for everyone with the power of sight. Through photography, Kate wishes to encourage a dialogue about the beauty, diversity, and synchronicity of our shared humanity.
Currently, Kate is in Greece documenting the refugee crisis, with a focus on expanding the women’s narrative.