Saturday, January 16, 2016

New York City

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Friday, January 1, 2016

New Years Day Ritual

The last few years I've had a ritual of waking up early on New Years day and doing a little bit of all the things I want my year to be about...

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Last week I was on assignment for Intelligent Life Magazine. I joined a historian, archaeologist and a writer in the chase for parrots and archaeological evidence in the warm Caribbean waters. Story in the upcoming issue of Intelligent Life, written by Charles Laurence.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Political Interview

On December 17th, 2015 I had the distinct pleasure of filming an interview with Member of Parliament Abdilrahman Jama of the Wadanni Party of Somaliland, interviewed by Adrian Tawfik for Democracy Chronicles.

Member of Parliament Abdilrahman Jama

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

22nd Annual Veteran's Powwow

Continuing my work on "Hearts on the Ground" I returned to Minnesota over the July 11th weekend to attend the largest Veteran's Powwow in the nation on Fond du Lac Reservation. Relative to population, Indian country has the largest number of volunteers that have served our nation's defenses.

The event was an amazing experience for myself and incredibly important for the project. To witness the different generations celebrate their history, culture and sacred beliefs reminded me of what American Indians are fighting for and why. This will play an important role in the story we are telling. The weekend was filled with traditional music, dancing and food. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Recent Instagram posts

In case you aren't on Instagram or we aren't connected (@marlonkrieger) my latest posts:

April 30, 2015 | At 730pm the streets are full of boys leaving school, no girls in sight.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Call for Entry for Artists Involved in Social Justice

This large scale art-pop up in Los Angeles will be an amazing event to attend and a great opportunity to submit your work at if your art and passion lies with conversations and actions surrounding social justice. A dear friend is taking part so i know this thing will be off the charts!

Monday, February 2, 2015

I'll be speaking at UC Berkeley February 19th on Sexual Violence, Colonialism & Trauma

Exploring the Intersections: Sexual Violence, Colonialism & Trauma
4pm-6pm PST, Febraury 19th, 2015
UC Berkeley's Multicultural Center
Heast Field Annex-D, Berkeley California 
Facebook Event Page

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Increased Trafficking And A Massive Inequality Gap in Peru

Trafficking and a massive inequality gap in Peru as been a growing and overshadowed problem for some time, “Here in Lima you can find restaurants to rival Manhattan, but you can also find places that are more like Mogadishu,” - Sam Jones, The Guardian

Friday, January 9, 2015

"Girl's Shouldn't Be Hit, Not Even With A Flower"- Italian PSA On Domestic Violence

See below for video
I love this PSA about domestic violence. Beautifully done, funny and quite frankly very touching.

I realize it doesn't portray DV accurately, in fact it's quiet misleading as to what domestic violence is.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Rituals: How I Spend My New Years Day

A women stands on the Q Train platform in brooklyn

The last few years I've had a ritual of waking up early on New Years day and doing a little bit of all the things I want my year to be about... 

Friday, December 19, 2014

In Historic Speech Obama Begins to Revers 50 Years Of foreign Policy Towards Cuba

And long overdue it was. The embargo is a failed attempt at strong-arming a nation if there ever was one. A senseless policy that deprives everyday Cubans of material goods and physical freedoms while allowing the Cuban government a scapegoat for all their economic woes. While this is not an end to the embargo it's a welcome step in the right direction.

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Perfect Light And The Split Second That Lasted An Eternity

On mornings like this, when perfect light appears, warm and penetrating, I get greedy. All I want to do is consume it, more and more. I can't get enough of the golden light and I'm frantic to see as much of it as I can in as many different places as possible. I wish I could fill my pockets with it and keep it for later.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

What Are We Celebrating During Thanksgiving? The Real Story

Our nation often criticizes others for their failure to teach history accurately; admonishing countries that omit key historic events in their children's text books or fail to acknowledge atrocities committed upon minority communities. Turkey, Russia and Japan among others have been on the receiving end of accusation for rewriting history. Yet I never really learned the extent of the devastation laid upon the Native American population that lived in this country. How many students in the U.S. are told of the Dawe's Act and it's effects, the Boarding School Era, the Sterilization Act or Oliphant? How many Americans today know the whole history of this country?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Turks and Caicos

Not too long ago I again had the pleasure of shooting a feature for Intelligent Life Magazine's Places section. This time I headed to the tiny island of Salt Cay in the Turks and Caicos.

The story is by writer and journalist Charles Laurence who lives on the island part of the year in the Charming House, and takes his beloved boat, the Captain Haddock, sailing. Built by a local builder named Edwin, the boat is a last vestige of a long family-line of traditional boat builders that may end with Edwin.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The First Portrait I Ever Took

The first portraits I ever shot, playing with light and shadows. How does a line (re)define a face? Los Angeles, 1995
Going through an old hard drive I found pictures, which I haven't seen in years. It's almost as good of a feeling as going through old negatives, but not quiet. 

Everything here was shot on 35mm film between 1995 and 2002. When I took some of these I wasn't even old enough to vote. I made the jump to digital relatively late in the game, sometime in 2008 with a Nikon D300. Looking back now I wonder if I have actually devolved in some aspects by shooting digitally. Have my aesthetic priorities been dictated too much by the medium, shouldn't it be the other way around?

Friday, October 31, 2014

Remembering Cuba: Pictures I haven't shown

Alex and Lucien in Havana after a long six hour drive

I went to Cuba my very first time in 2004 and immediately fell in love with the Island and its people. So much so that I went back every year until 2012. Aware that things were changing I wanted to document the life and surroundings I saw, to freeze in time these last moments as the Island slowly inched forward, redefining itself political, economically and socially.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Middle School Lecture in the Bronx

Wow, what a rush! Yesterday I gave a lecture to 250 middle school kids in the Bronx on working with invisible communities. Nothing more intimidating then middle schoolers, but they were totally awesome. Some very deep and thoughtful questions and lots of smiles.

I was amazed at how curious and outspoken they were, totally willing to engage in conversation. When I think back to my middle school assemblies I remember silence, teachers would have to coax questions out of us.

One young man asked "Have you ever felt invisible?". Put me on the spot just like that, I love it!

Thank you Bronx Riverdale Country School for a great experience!

To see some of the images I showed during my presentation see the slide show below, it's to a tune by Pops Mohamed called the Spirit:

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Picasso: Light Drawings and His Psyche

"My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier you will become a general, if you are a monk you will become the Pope'. Instead I was a painter and became Picasso" - Pablo Picasso

I love this quote, another direct corridor into the man's psyche. Bold and confident, ego spilling over on to the floor. 

Similarly these images, taken decades before light drawing was popular show us a bold and confident Pablo Picasso.  Gjon Mili in 1949 perfectly captures Picasso conjuring stark drawings out of thin air in seconds. They are a testament to the power and beauty of the line and the confidence of his own vision.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Exhibition: Matt Black "From Clouds to Dust"

Texas migrant in her yard.  Teviston, California.  From The Kingdom of Dust series © Matt Black
I've always been partial to soft grained black & white photography, I really enjoy the depth and dimensions in his work and his use of gray tones. Although I prefer the fly on the wall approach that I sense in his work, the series seems distant to me at times and I wish he would have moved emotional closer at least in some of his shots.

I definitely recommend checking out the exhibition. I love his approach and aesthetic and the story deserves telling.

Matt Black grew up in a small town in the Central Valley, a vast agricultural area in the heart of the state. His twin documentary projects The Kingdom of Dust  and The People of Clouds explore the changing human relationship to food, farming and the environment. In 1995, Black returned to his native region, California’s Central Valley, to embark on The Kingdom of Dust , a multi-year chronicle exploring the underside of contemporary rural life in the shadow of some of America's richest farms. While working on this project, Black noticed a shift in the population of migrants coming to work the fields, and in 2000 began The People of Clouds , an extended photographic inquiry into the collapse of indigenous farming communities in the Mixteca region of southern Mexico. Through Black’s masterful eye and intimate relationship with his subjects, his photographs reveal the poetry of everyday moments as he chronicles communities in flux responding to broader global forces.

Riding to work in a farm labor bus.  Fresno, California. From The Kingdom of Dust series © Matt Black
Fishing in an irrigation canal.  Corcoran, California.  From The Kingdom of Dust series © Matt Black
Anastasia Photo
Cooking in the kitchen at home.  San Miguel Cuevas, Mexico.  From The People of Clouds series © Matt Black

Matt Black
From Clouds to Dust
September 12 - October 19, 2014
166 ORCHARD STREET   NEW YORK, NY 10002   212.677.9725 T   212.677.9726 F

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Our Hearts are on the Ground- Lecture and Screening

I am excited to have lectured at the Rural Sociological Society's annual meeting in New Orleans on August 2nd and pre-screened the trailer for my documentary on domestic violence from a Native American perspective and how the injection of a foreign cultural system led to the erosion of women's roles in indigenous communities.
Roosevelt, Waldorf In New Orleans for the Rural Sociological Society annual meeting 2014
Roosevelt, Waldorf In New Orleans for the Rural Sociological Society annual meeting 2014
I am honored to have been invited to speak at this event and thrilled to have met so many awesome, passionate people.

We took a great field trip into the bayou with a U.S. Coast Guard boat and were able to see first hand the difference between a healthy swamp and a dead zone. The Great Delta, as it is known, is the largest in the United States and the fastest disappearing in the world at a rate of one football field every 20 minutes. That's really astonishing to think about, especially when you realize the ramification that will have not just for the rest of the States, but also worldwide as this very delicate ecosystem disappears.

Some iphonography:
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
A relatively healthy swamp which was brought back in 30 years after being a dead zone

Monday, June 23, 2014

21st Century Cowboy

by Ariel Ramchandani
Photography by Marlon Krieger

In November of last year I went on-assignment for Intelligent Life Magazine to photograph Ariel Ramchandani's story on the modern-day cowboy. This was my first time into the Saguach River Valley in Colorado and I was immediately stunned by a dramatic landscape awash in bold, rich colors.

Julie, George and Drew of The Blue Range Ranch are your classic cowboys, redefined. We spend a wonderful three days with our hosts, talking and learning. We covered, everything from Buddhism and holistic land management to gun rights and foreign policy. They opened our eyes to so many challenges facing ranchers in the midwest and gave us an intimate look into their lives on the ranch.

Read Ariel's story published in the July/August issue, you can pick it up at news-stands or online at

"The soft San Juan range rises to the west; to the east, the spine of the Sangre de Christo mountains, with the low curves of the Great Sand Dunes National Park in front like a ghostly shadow…The modern cowboy has a lot on his plate, including climate change. Ariel Ramchandani stays on a ranch high in the Colorado desert" 

21st Century Cowboy by Ariel Ramchandani

The Sangre de Christo Mountains
George Whitten outside The Blue Range Ranch
Julie moving the electric fence, part of a holistic land management system, it helps control over-grazing 
Drew chops wood for the stove on which meals are cooked and by which the house is heated
Drew outside the Whitten home

Read the whole story by picking up the July/August issue available in news-stands or online at

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

NYC Exhibition- Gwyn Joy

For those of you not familiar with his work, artist Gywn Joy will be exhibiting as part of a group show in NYC, with an opening reception tomorrow night.

I am thrilled as I have been a fan of his collage and paintings for a long time. His work is full of storytelling that captures the imagination. It carries a touch of spiritualism and classicism, full of romance and mystery while brilliantly executed in style, technique and color. Love his colors, I wish my dreams were this evocative.

Painting by Gwyn Joy
Image © Gwyn Joy

Tomorrow, Wednesday June 17th, 2014 he will be exhibiting as part of a group show in New York called "Leaps into the Void" at Garis & Hahn Gallery. I will most definitely attend and hope to see some of you there as well. Also in the exhibition are the very talented Sky Kim, Joe Nanashe, Michael Maxwell and Phoebe Rathmell.

Garis & Hahn
Opening Reception: June 18th, 6-8 PM
263 Bowery Street, New York, NY 10002
Exhibition Dates: June 18th-August 16th, 2014

Painting by Gwyn Joy
Image © Gwyn Joy
About the Artist:
Gwyn Joy is a 35 year old Brooklyn based artist who explores the roles nature, solitude, and asceticism play in humanity’s search for spirituality, religion and truth.

Using oil paint and collage Joy creates images that investigate what lies just beyond the boundaries of our day to day realm and how we escape it in a metaphysical sense through extreme isolation, dream states, and interactions with our environment and the appropriation of natural objects of power.
He is highly interested in the anthropomorphic representation of animals in the form of masks in which the wearer is transported to a more naturalistic state of being and assumes the power and prestige of the animal. While donning the mask we are stripped of our previous identity and brought closer to the realm of our environment.  It is only in a state of solitude and in a state of complete immersion with our surroundings that our awareness is heightened.

Raised in Oregon, his interest in masks arose while working with the Tlingit Indian tribe in Alaska before attending Parsons School of Design in Paris and New York.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Los Intocables (The untouchables) - Erik Ravelo

Los Intocables- by Erik Ravelo

© Erik Ravelo

Cuban artist Erik Ravelo has created a very poignant, in your face series about violence and abuses faced by children around the world. The images show children crucified to the backs of their perpetrators. Some are less present in our everyday consciousness, and others are well known, but seeing them in this way creates a stark reality for the viewer, bringing the topic into direct focus.

I'm sure he is receiving quite a bit of criticism for his approach, especially from religious communities, but I find it powerful and to the point. I commend him for this bold move and for the striking effect this campaign has on the viewer.

Erik Ravelo / F A B R I C A 2013
Creative Direction / Concept: Erik Ravelo
Photo: Erik Ravelo / Enrico Bossan
Post Production: Erik Ravelo

The Right to Childhood

Images and concept protected 
by the law.
2013 F A B R I C A.
© Erik Ravelo

© Erik Ravelo

© Erik Ravelo

© Erik Ravelo
Erik Ravelo is a Cuban sculptor, painter and multi media-artist. He is currently a creative director at Fabrica, the communications agency owned by the Benetton Group in Treviso, Italy. His campaigns for Benetton include "Unhate" which featured the controversial images of world leaders kissing. He was awarded the Grand Prix at Cannes in 2012 for this series.

As an aside, it would seem that Facebook and YouTube have both banned the project, I had to pull the below video from MailOnline. If you can't see the video please visit my site directly.

For more information you can visit

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Give a Beat; Did Music Change Your Life?

Do you remember that song that gave you the chills, made you fight back the tears or raise your head with new determination. Let the music make a difference:
Give a Beat serves as a catalyst to transform the positive energy of global dance music culture into meaningful interactions that build community and generate social good. Give a Beat raises awareness of pressing issues and injustices through live music events and online platforms, while providing dance and world music lovers with a unique channel for activism and philanthropy.
Give a Beat is a member of the Creative Visions Foundation’s activist program, a global hub for organizations, such as the Landfill Harmonic, using media and the arts to tell stories that need to be told about problems that need to be solved. Learn more about Give a Beat at and

Give a Beat & Notes for Notes® Announce

The Music For Music Campaign

A Story Sharing Contest & Online Auction

Launched in Conjunction with Detroit’s Movement Festival
To Raise Funds for the Construction of a Boys & Girls Club Music Studio

Running May 14 Through June, 5 2014

LOS ANGELES, CA - May 14, 2014 - In conjunction with Detroit’s Movement Electronic Music FestivalGive a Beat and Notes for Notes® launch Music for Music, a fundraising campaign featuring an online auction and a SubPac sponsored story sharing contestMusic for Music showcases the transformative power of music and taps into the love and energy booming within the EDM community to raise funds for the construction of a Notes for Notes’ after-school music studio at a Detroit Boys & Girls Club location. The campaign runs from Wednesday, May 14, 2014 through Thursday, June 5, 2014. For more information, please visit and

Story Sharing Contest Sponsored by SubPac – 
Music for Music’s story sharing contest runs from Wednesday, May 14, 2014 through Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Dance music lovers are asked to share positive and inspiring stories of how music has changed their lives. Three winners will be selected for a pair of VIP 3-day passes to Movement Festival, a $100 download card to Traxsource, or tickets to official Movement after-parties. For each story shared, SubPac, an innovative tactile bass technology, will donate $10 toward the effort. The stories will to be judged by a panel of recognized names within the dance music industry, including David Ireland(Wantickets, Magnetic Magazine)Ken Jordan (The Crystal Method), Betty Kang and Lydia Fong (Plexi PR), and FreQ Nasty (SubPac). To learn more, please visit Stories must be submitted to by 9:00pm EST on May 21, 2014 to be considered.

Online Auction –

The online auction component of Music for Music will run from Friday, May 16, 2014 through Thursday, June 5, 2014, with special Movement items closing on May 22, 2014. The auction presents an opportunity for dance music lovers to bid on tickets to some of the year’s hottest parties and festivals, unique VIP experiences, cutting edge gear, musically inspired clothing, and gift certificates, while supporting a worthwhile cause. Generous donors to the auction include: Roland, Soundcloud, Miguel Migs, React PresentsWantickets, The Groove Cruise, SonosSennheiser, The303 at LOUIE and CHAN, Mi Casa Holiday, Forecastle Festival, Kai AlceCyberoptix TieLabAs You Like It, Country Club Disco, Sampled Recordings Detroit, Portland Maine Soul Summit, The REDnessStarlily CreationsCAYA SmokehouseSweetwater Tavern, and more! Promotional partners include Media Services NYCElectronic Music Alliance, Fusicology, LovevolCreative Visions Foundation, and more. To view the auction and bid on items, please visit

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Before They Pass Away- Jimmy Nelson in Berlin

Jimmy Nelson's evocative and intriguing images of the worlds last indigenous communities is on exhibition simultaneously at Camera Works and CWC Gallery Berlin, an honor never before awarded to any artist by Camera Works.

© Jimmy Nelson

In many respects, the term unique describes the people portrayed by Jimmy Nelson best: So inimitably fascinating are the Huli Wigmen – painted in red, yellow and white – in Papua New Guinea, so exotic are the Karo in Ethiopia and so affecting are the Himba tribe in Namibia. Representatives of the world’s last indigenous peoples are the protagonists in Nelson’s photographs. His works go far beyond serving solely as a neutral visual document, serving the public’s vague idea about the existence of those tribesmen and peoples. With his epochal series, Jimmy Nelson establishes an awareness for the fascinating variety of the culture- and history charged symbols of the people, reflecting their rites, customs and traditions, that hitherto has not existed to this extend. Among several other countries his journeys led Nelson to Ethiopia, Tanzania and Kenya, to China and Nepal or Siberia and Mongolia. The cultural prosperity of the indigenous populations of those countries differentiates itself even further within each single tribe in a new and different way.

© Jimmy Nelson

© Jimmy Nelson

© Jimmy Nelson

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Invisible People - A Post From The Road

St. Mary's Mission School on Red Lake Reservation, MN
Invisible This project will look into why one in two Native American women will be the victims of domestic violence as well as the role historical events, and United States policy towards the indigenous populations have played in bringing about this epidemic. I will discuss U.S. government policies past and present, and how a systematic approach meant to extinguish Native American culture has led to the highest rates of depression, substance abuse, and sexual violence of any ethnic group in the United States. I will focus on the historical trauma from three major events: Forced Relocation, the Dawe’s Act and the Boarding School Era, and discuss the effects they have had on today’s indigenous populations and their implications on the prevalence of violence against women in Native communities. 

On my most recent trip for the documentary project Invisible People I spent nine days on the road in Minnesota, six of those days with Andrew McMullen, Director of Photography, collecting testimonials interviews and filming. 

Tina, Executive Director of MSH trying to get me to understand
Tina, Executive Director of MSH explaining to me why  American Indians
refer to themselves was Invisible
I have been blessed with the opportunity to talk  with some very profound and inspiring people. They have invited me into their lives and shared their personal stories with me. Although all the women I am speaking with possess an incredible strength and courageousness, I can see momentary breaks in their stoicism, and my insides turn with guilt as their emotions break to the surface in subtle ways.

I know that by doing this work I am rattling old memories, and I wonder what right do I have? I do so in the hope of telling a story that needs telling, of honoring their survival and fight and sharing with the rest of us the epidemic that indigenous women are facing all over the country. It is time for the men to join the battle and for people outside of the Native communities to "own" this country's past and the pain and suffering it has caused.

"For anyone who has gone through childhood sexual abuse...
you know victory and success by surviving the night" -Nikki

I am humbled by these women, and all the people working at Mending the Sacred Hoop (MSH) and American Indian Housing Organization (AICHO). They, and the other ones out there fighting to survive and to change their reality are the true warriors of their communities.

"It's family first for a lot of Natives, that's were your sense of identity comes from, your immediate family."
- Officer Northrup, Fond du Lac Reservation

After a long, emotional day of revisiting her childhood home and the good and traumatic memories of her past, we exhale at Lower Red Lake, MN
Sarah from MSH speaks with survivors and friends at a dinner gathering
Patti from AICHO talks and jokes with fellow survivors and friends at a dinner gathering
Smokes stacks from a power plant silhouetted at sunset, on the road back to Duluth from Bemidjii, MN
Smokes stacks from a power plant silhouetted at sunset, Highway 2, MN

DP Andrew McMullen setting up a shot
DP Andrew McMullen setting up a shot

Since February 2013 I have been working to discusses domestic violence from a Native American perspective. I am blessed to have met some incredibly awesome, courageous and inspiring people that are making this possible. I am honored to have been given a window into their lives, hardships and victories. I look forward to the journey ahead...

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