andreadicenzo Andrea DiCenzo

San Francisco-born Andrea DiCenzo (b.1985)  is a freelance photographer currently based in Erbil. After completing a Master's in Photography at the London College of Communications, DiCenzo shot her first major campaign for Stella Artios (2012). The campaign, produced for the Russian market, was shot in eleven locations around the world. Since then, DiCenzo has focused more on documentary photography. She has worked for UK-based charity, A Partner In Education (APIE), in Rwanda, the Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists (AECR) in Gaziantep, and has had her work in Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, and the West Bank published in multiple online publications. Dolly (2013), her examination of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, was shortlisted for the ICA's Bloomberg New Contemporaries in 2013.

Her work focuses on humanitarian issues throughout the Middle East, with an emphasis on war and conflict. After relocating to Jerusalem in 2014, DiCenzo reported from Gaza during the 2014 summer war, and continued to report of the ongoing violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank following the war. 

Her work has been published in Le Monde, Al Jazeera English, USA Today, Middle East Eye, The Telegraph, Dagbladet Information, The National, New Zealand Herald, Huffington Post, Dazed Digital, amongst others.

DiCenzo has shot video news packages for MSNBC, Al Jazeera Plus, Discovery Digital Network, and others.DiCenzo is a member of Frontline Freelance Register.

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Snow Blankets Jerusalem
Jerusalem
By Andrea DiCenzo
18 Feb 2015

The city of Jerusalem woke up to a blanket of ten inches of snow from a storm the night before. Winters in the region have become increasingly colder and this is the fourth year in a row that snow has fallen on Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Municipality has asked the residents of Jerusalem and surrounding areas to refrain from using the roads and schools have remained closed. As children are starting to appear outside to revel in the beautiful views of the city covered in snow, the government has stressed its responsibility to ensure safety in the city. "The first objective is to save lives, the second to open roads and the third to supply electricity," said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a statement released on Thursday night.

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Gaza's Orphans Begin New Lives
Gaza
By Andrea DiCenzo
25 Aug 2014

August 28, 2014
Gaza, Palestine

Palestinian children orphaned in the 2014 Gaza war begin new lives in the care of extended family and orphanages. While the physical wounds many of them sustained during the 50 day war are healing, their psychological wounds are just beginning to show. Gaza's dismal, blockaded, and underfunded mental health system cannot cope with massive amount of children in need of psychosocial care. Most children will receive no specialized treatment for their deep psychological wounds.

Many children orphaned in the war are now beginning new lives in the care of extended family members. However, as Islam forbids adoption, those who do not have extended family to go to are now under the care of orphanages and will remain so until they are adults.

These photos profile three young girls who lost their parents in the 2014 Gaza conflict and are now looking for a new start as their caretakers help rebuild their shattered lives.

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Gaza: Assessing the Damage
Gaza
By Andrea DiCenzo
25 Aug 2014

After what was possibly the most destructive war in Gaza in recent history, residents of the besieged coastal enclave finally have a chance to assess the damage done to their homes and properties. For the thousands left homeless by the hostilities, life is now a painstaking process of rebuilding the little that remains of their possessions.