Born in Johannesburg in 1959, Gideon Mendel began his career as a news and ‘struggle’ photographer documenting the final years of apartheid. In 1991 he moved to London, and continued to respond to global concerns, especially HIV/ AIDS.
Since 2007, using stills and video, Mendel has been working on Drowning World; an art and advocacy project about flooding that is his personal response to our climate crisis. His work has been widely published in magazines and newspapers including National Geographic, Geo and the Guardian Weekend.
Mendel has received the inaugural Jackson Pollock Prize for Creativity and the Greenpeace Photo Award. He has also received the Eugene Smith Award for Humanistic Photography, the Amnesty International Media Award, and six World Press awards. Mendel has recently extended his work on global warming to include the element of fire, along with developing new projects addressing the Covid-19 crisis we are all facing.