Orin Langelle

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Orin Langelle
Photographer. Writer

Orin Langelle is the director of Langelle Photography and co-founder of Global Justice Ecology Project.

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Orin Langelle is the director of Langelle Photography. His first assignment was photographing Vietnam War protests during the 1972 Republican National Convention in Miami Beach, Florida. He formally studied with Cornell Capa, Executive Director of the International Center of Photography in New York. Langelle has photographed on six continents, worked in strategic communications, and co-founded Global Justice Ecology Project.

The Progressive | April 2022

We know we are in a climate catastrophe. The response coming from the United Nations and countries throughout the world is not adequate to address the problem. As Swedish activist Greta Thunberg says, “Change is not going to come from inside [the United Nations]. That is not leadership . . . . We say, ‘No more blah, blah, blah.’ ”

Yet the UN climate conferences are a proper forum for one thing—protests against the status quo, as I have documented through my photographs. The increased participation by civil society groups and Indigenous peoples’ organizations at the United Nations has been met by mounting repression. Any form of protest must be approved or delegates will be evicted, sometimes violently, by UN security.

Feature | 2018

Orin Langelle’s exhibit, Portraits of Struggle, captures the efforts of people striving for justice all over the globe.

Langelle’s photographs record a wide range of topics, cultures, ecosystems and geographies. From rebel territory behind military lines in Chiapas, Mexico, to the front lines of protests against the World Bank, G-8 and other bodies of economic control, his work uses the power of photojournalism to expose social and ecological injustice by showcasing struggles of communities, activists, workers and Indigenous Peoples–against racism, war, ecological devastation, climatic disruption, economic domination, human rights abuses and the oppression of women.

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