georgehenton George Henton

My name's George Henton and I'm a freelance news photographer currently based out of London. Whilst I hold a British passport, I was born in Hong Kong and raised in Thailand. After graduating high school I moved to the UK to complete my BA in War Studies from Kings College London and my MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics. I was then offered a place at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to train as a British Army officer however a running injury indefinitely delayed these plans. Instead, I moved out to the Middle East where I lived first in Palestine, then Lebanon, Egypt and Libya, during which time I worked for various political think tanks and as a photographer. I have also spent time in the US, China, Mali and back home in Thailand since graduating university. I was first published in 2011 during the Arab Spring where I spent a number of months in Cairo followed by a month working in Misrata during the Libyan revolution. My photos were sold to Al Jazeera English, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, Foreign Policy magazine, The Independent, CNN and others. I have also been featured on the Boston Globe's 'Big Picture', the Guardian's '24 hours in Pictures' and chosen as one of the European PressPhoto Agency 'editor's choice' photos.

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Crimean Battle Lines
By George Henton
11 Mar 2014

In the Kherson region, just to the north of the Crimea and where Russian forces have their northern most front line in Ukraine, the small town of Chonhar sits quietly in the middle.

Separated by 20KM, both the Russians and Ukrainians lines are strengthening and digging in, with heavily armed soldiers and armored vehicles in defensive positions.

In Chonhar, residents are increasingly concerned that the fragile peace could be shattered if ‘provocations’ feared by both sides results in fighting.

Angry at the Russian presence on some of their agricultural land, including the apparent use of mines to protect the Russian lines, a small group of residents from Chonhar and the wider Kherson region walked towards the Russian lines.

At the checkpoint, pro Russian gunmen, wearing the uniform of the officially disbanded Berkut, cocked automatic guns and pointed them at the unarmed group of men, women and children before firing a handgun at the ground in front of them to make them disperse.

An hour later, a group of men claiming to be veteran of the Soviet war in Afghanistan, approached the Russian lines in cars waving the Ukrainian flag resulting in further warning shots as the group massed in front of the guards before turning away.

Both sides say they have no wish for a war, and if the two sides stay where they are, fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces are unlikely, but things remain tense and any incident that leads to fatalities will only heighten the tensions further as Russia continues to tighten it’s grip on Crimea.

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Silent Man Protest in Taksim Square, ...
Istanbul, Turkey
By George Henton
20 Jun 2013

For the last four evenings thousands of people, over the course of the day, gather in Taksim Square to stand in silent protest as part of the 'Silent Man' phenomena in Turkey. The crowds are diverse in every way but one thing that brings many of them together is the rather highbrow reading material on display as many chose to read as they stand. Kafka, Camus, Marquez, Orwell are a few of the authors chosen, highlighting the stark contrast this current form of expression has taken with the violence seen in previous weeks.

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London (2012/2013)
London, United Kingdom
By George Henton
21 Oct 2012

A selection of images from the last two years in London, United Kingdom.

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Libya (2011)
Misrata, Libya
By George Henton
22 May 2011

The following set of images was taken in May and June of 2011 in the coastal city of Misrata, Libya, three months into the revolutionary civil war which continues to unravel in a still volatile country. I, alongside a number of other journalist, spent a month in the city which, at the time, was surrounded by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi. Less than a month earlier, those forces were inside the city but rebel forces, supported by NATO aircraft and sea based assets, had managed to push the frontlines to the outskirts of Libya's third largest city. At that time, a thin line of rebels kept those forces at bay.

The only route into the city was via the sea, the routes protected by NATO warships, providing intermittent access to journalist, civilians and fighters alike.

Despite the gains however heavy fighting continued close by and the sounds of artillery, at times unrelenting for upto 12 hours at a time, reverberated throughout the city, a constant daily reminder for the cities population of the still very close and real danger that faced them.

Writing at the time, I remarked that, whilst 'Western interview has played a key role in this conflict' and that 'revolutionary forces would not be in the position they are today without such assistance', the situation during our stay there 'remained, for now, a largely static one with only small skirmishes and back and forth gains. NATO in Libya are a limited force only, with a suffocation mandate and politically sensitive members who are unwilling, or unable, to commit the forces necessary to deliver a definite blot to forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi'. In short, progress or victory for the rebels was in no way guaranteed.

Indeed the only times when civilians in the city, often so generous and kind, would express their anger towards us was when hours of artillery would fall with seemingly little response from NATO and ensuring a steady stream of injured and dead fitters to the cities overworked hospitals.

The images themselves try then to represent, in some small way, that time in the city. The collection includes images of the aftermath of NATO strikes around the city, the constant training of new rebel fighters committed to defending their families and their city and the ongoing fighting on the multiple frontlines with the resulting injuries and death that inevitably followed. Amidst all this were civilians of all races, ages and genders, not only caught up in the middle of the fighting but often a key part of it. Most may not have been on the frontlines, but nobody was immune to the effects of the war.

If nothing else, the fighting brought the city together in a way that residents say they had never seen before, with everybody looking out for everybody else and helping however they could. It was a true war time spirit and was humbling to see.

In the last few days of my own stay in Misrata, at a time where the Gaddafi loyal forces appeared to be pushing forward, not backward, with new artillery strikes on the port threatened the one route of escape and entry, I wrote these cautious but ultimately optimist words would prove in a sense to be true; 'Blue skies over Libya, a country badly damaged but with flickers of potential. If and when Muammar Gaddafi falls, it is unclear what will replace him. Those in the west of Libya are unlikely to listen to those in the east whilst those in the east will not part with their newly found voice easily. Libya will also face foreign powers vying for influence, all with vested interested in the oil rich state. Only time will tell what the Arab Spring will bring to Libya, but, despite significant obstacles, there is now, at the very least, some glimmer of hope'.

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Thailand Military Coup
Bangkok, Thailand
By George Henton
22 May 2014

May 22, 2014

Bangkok, Thailand

Video:
- Government House where the PDRC (the People’s Democratic Reform Committee) has been holding its rally - entrance to an army base where they locked the gates - protestors getting on buses after having been told to leave the rally site by the army. 

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
10 Mar 2014

A Protestor from Chonhar walks through a field towards Russian lines, angry over Russian forces both in Crimea and on their agricultural land in the region of Kherson, just to the north of the Peninsula.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
10 Mar 2014

Protestors from Chonhar gather in a field before heading towards Russian front lines through a field towards Russian lines, angry over Russian forces both in Crimea and on their agricultural land in the region of Kherson, just to the north of the Peninsula.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
10 Mar 2014

In the middle of the two lines, the small town of Chonhar sits in no mans land, it’s residents increasingly worried about the growing tensions.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
11 Mar 2014

In the middle of the two lines, the small town of Chonhar sits in no mans land, it’s residents increasingly worried about the growing tensions.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
11 Mar 2014

In the middle of the two lines, the small town of Chonhar sits in no mans land, it’s residents increasingly worried about the growing tensions.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
10 Mar 2014

20KM to the north of the Russian checkpoint, Ukrainian forces continue to strengthen their position with armour and heavily armoured troops.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
10 Mar 2014

Pro Russian gunmen, wearing the uniform of the officially disbanded Berkut, stand guard at a checkpoint on the ‘frontline’ in the Kherson region, jut north of the Crimean peninsula.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
11 Mar 2014

20KM to the north of the Russian checkpoint, Ukrainian forces continue to strengthen their position with armour and heavily armoured troops.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
11 Mar 2014

Protestors from Chonhar hold Ukrainian flags at a checkpoint in the Kherson region, jut north of the Crimean peninsula, the ‘frontline’ of the Russian presence in Crimea.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
10 Mar 2014

Pro Russian gunmen, wearing the uniform of the officially disbanded Berkut, stand guard at a checkpoint on the ‘frontline’ in the Kherson region, jut north of the Crimean peninsula.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
10 Mar 2014

A small fence and recently dug holes along a field in the Kherson region, jut north of the Crimean peninsula. Along the fence, signs warn of mines, apparently laid to protect the Russian armour and troops behind.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
11 Mar 2014

Pro Russian gunmen, wearing the uniform of the officially disbanded Berkut, point guns at pro Ukrainian protestors from Chonhar before firing a signal warning shot using a handgun at the ground in front of them.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
11 Mar 2014

Pro Russian gunmen, wearing the uniform of the officially disbanded Berkut, point guns at pro Ukrainian protestors from Chonhar before firing a signal warning shot using a handgun at the ground in front of them.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
11 Mar 2014

The Russian front line on a field in Kherson, just north of the Crimean peninsula.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
11 Mar 2014

A protestors holds up a ‘disarmed’ trip wire, thought to be connected to signal flares and placed in a field in front of an area marked as a mine field.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
11 Mar 2014

The Russian front line on a field in Kherson, just north of the Crimean peninsula.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
11 Mar 2014

A protestors from Chonhar removes behind a trip wire, thought to be connected to signal flares, placed in a field in front of an area marked as a mine field.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
11 Mar 2014

Protestors from Chonhar walk through a field towards Russian lines, angry over Russian forces both in Crimea and on their agricultural land in the region of Kherson, just to the north of the Peninsula.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
11 Mar 2014

A Protestors from Chonhar walks through a field towards Russian lines with a sign complaining about the use of mines on the Russian front lines near their town and asking for Putin to pull out his troops.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
11 Mar 2014

Protestors from Chonhar stand behind a trip wire, thought to be connected to signal flares, placed in a field in front of an area marked as a mine field.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
10 Mar 2014

A Protestor from Chonhar walks through a field towards Russian lines, angry over Russian forces both in Crimea and on their agricultural land in the region of Kherson, just to the north of the Peninsula.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
11 Mar 2014

The Russian front line on a field in Kherson, just north of the Crimean peninsula.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
10 Mar 2014

A sign warning of mines stands in front of the Russian lines on a field in Kherson, just north of the Crimean peninsula.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
10 Mar 2014

Protestors from the small town of Chonhar, positioned in no mans land between Russian and Ukrainian front lines just north of Crimea, stand at bus stop prior to a protest march towards the Russian checkpoint.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
10 Mar 2014

Protestors from Chonhar walk through a field towards Russian lines, angry over Russian forces both in Crimea and on their agricultural land in the region of Kherson, just to the north of the Peninsula.

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Protesters Return to the Streets in T...
Bangkok , Thailand
By George Henton
06 Nov 2013

Protestors link arms before marching towards police lines during a protest against the Amnesty Bill. Despite rising tensions and the fact that many of those attending were prepared for tear gas, there were only limited actual clashes with police.

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Protesters Return to the Streets in T...
Bangkok , Thailand
By George Henton
06 Nov 2013

Protestors wave flags before marching towards police lines during a protest against the Amnesty Bill. Despite rising tensions and the fact that many of those attending were prepared for tear gas, there were only limited actual clashes with police.

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Protesters Return to the Streets in T...
Bangkok , Thailand
By George Henton
06 Nov 2013

Protestors link arms before marching towards police lines during a protest against the Amnesty Bill. Despite rising tensions and the fact that many of those attending were prepared for tear gas, there were only limited actual clashes with police.

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Protesters Return to the Streets in T...
Bangkok , Thailand
By George Henton
07 Nov 2013

Protestors march towards police lines during a protest against the Amnesty Bill. Despite rising tensions and the fact that many of those attending were prepared for tear gas, there were only limited actual clashes with police.

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Protesters Return to the Streets in T...
Bangkok , Thailand
By George Henton
07 Nov 2013

A protestors wearing a gas mask links arms with others before marching towards police lines during a protest against the Amnesty Bill. Despite rising tensions, the police lines steadily backed away from the protestors ensuring that there was no escalation to violence.

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Protesters Return to the Streets in T...
Bangkok , Thailand
By George Henton
06 Nov 2013

Protestors march towards police lines during a protest against the Amnesty Bill. Despite rising tensions and the fact that many of those attending were prepared for tear gas, there were only limited actual clashes with police.

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Protesters Return to the Streets in T...
Bangkok, Thailand
By George Henton
06 Nov 2013

Riot police were again in large numbers but chose to pull back behind concrete barriers and barbers wires to ensure there were no clashes with protesters.

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Protesters Return to the Streets in T...
Bangkok, Thailand
By George Henton
06 Nov 2013

Protestors in Bangkok stage a sit in during an anti government protest against the Amnesty Bill. Despite rising tensions and the fact that many of those attending were prepared for tear gas, there were only limited actual clashes with police.

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Protesters Return to the Streets in T...
Bangkok , Thailand
By George Henton
06 Nov 2013

Protestors link arms before marching towards police lines during a protest against the Amnesty Bill. Despite rising tensions and the fact that many of those attending were prepared for tear gas, there were only limited actual clashes with police.

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Protesters return to the streets in T...
Bangkok, Thailand
By George Henton
06 Nov 2013

A protest leader rallies the crowds during an anti government protest against the Amnesty Bill. Despite rising tensions and the fact that many of those attending were prepared for tear gas, there were only limited actual clashes with police.

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Protesters return to the streets in T...
Bangkok, Thailand
By George Henton
06 Nov 2013

Riot police were again in large numbers but chose to pull back behind concrete barriers and barbers wires to ensure there were no clashes with protesters.

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Protesters Return to the Streets in T...
Bangkok, Thailand
By George Henton
07 Nov 2013

A protestor with Thai flags on her cheeks stands at a rally site near Government House at a protest against the Amnesty Bill. Despite rising tensions and the fact that many of those attending were prepared for tear gas, there were only limited actual clashes with police.

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Protesters Return to the Streets in T...
Bangkok
By George Henton
07 Nov 2013

Protestors link arms before marching towards police lines during a protest against the Amnesty Bill. Despite rising tensions and the fact that many of those attending were prepared for tear gas, there were only limited actual clashes with police.

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Protesters Return to the Streets in T...
Bangkok , Thailand
By George Henton
06 Nov 2013

Onlookers watch as thousands of anti government protestors gather outside of a department store in central of Bangkok. As the amnesty bill passed through parliament the protests escalated with larger numbers turning out.