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Lianne Milton is an American editorial and documentary photographer based in Brazil and Washington, DC. Her work focuses on the impact of socio-economic issues in places such as, SE Asia, Latin America, as well as the United States. She is a member of the photo agency, Panos Pictures

Lianne's work has been awarded and exhibited internationally, and held in a permanent collection at the African American History Museum in Washington, DC. She is an IWMF Fellow and Pulitzer Center recipient. In 2018, Lianne was Shortlisted for the Visura Grant on Global Climate Change. In 2017, Lianne's work on the Zika crisis in Brazil's Northeast was exhibited at the Universal Health Care Forum, supported by UNDP. In 2016, her project, Hinterland, was exhibited at Festival Photo La Gacilly and at Visa Pour L'Image. In 2015, Lianne was awarded the inaugural environmental photography award from the Yves Rocher Foundation. In 2014, her commissioned Smile Train work was exhibited at Photoville. In 2013, she was recognized in L’Espresso Magazine Pictures of the Year, PDN Photo Annual in documentary, and (2012/2013/2016) Latin American Photography Award and international traveling exhibitions, Los Diez. In 2010 and 2012, Lianne was Shortlisted for the Visura Grant for Personal Photography Project.  

Lianne began her freelance career in 2009 with a project documenting the rise of Sharia law in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, a consequence from the 2004 tsunami. From 2009-2012, she focused her personal work in Southeast Asia and Latin America, exploring subjects such as food insecurity and the culture of violence in Guatemala, as well as drug addiction and the environmental impact of hydroelectric dams on ethnic minorities living downstream in Cambodia. 

Lianne is a contributing photographer for the Washington Post and The Everyday Projects. Her clients include: CNN, Die Zeit, Guardian and Weekend Magazine, Financial Times, M le Monde, Mother Jones Magazine, National Public Radio, New York Times, STAT, Sunday Times of London, The Sunday Observer, Wall Street Journal, and many others. Her work has also been published in CNN Photos, National Geographic, Foto8, and National Public Radio's The Picture Show. 

Her non-profit clients include the Ford Foundation, Hertz Foundation, Open Society Foundations, ActionAid, IFAD, Smile Train, UNICEF and UN Women. 

Lianne is currently working in Rio de Janeiro, where the City meets the Ocean. When she is not photographing, she's out there surfing. 



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The door in the floor photo: Holly Wilmeth