Ellie Kealey

Ellie is a freelance photographer and videographer with over ten years experience working extensively across Central Asia, MENA and East Africa. Previously based in Afghanistan for four years and Beirut for two years she has documented stories for humanitarian organisations, news outlets and worked on feature length documentaries. Much of Ellie’s work has been focused on women’s issues often in areas where the individuals are living under duress. Assignments to note include; South Sudan for the UN; refugee crisis for Medicine Sans Frontiers; social care in Kurdistan and Iraq; female empowerment in Tunisia, Morocco and Palestine; Syrian refugees in the Bekaa valley, Lebanon; maternal health in Afghanistan.


UNODC, UNICEF, UN-Habitat, WFP, WFP-USA, MSF, USAID, Oxfam GB, Mott MacDonald; AJ+,Tigernest Films, British Council, Guardian Newspaper, MEDAIR, The Times London, HealthProm, ARETE Stories, The Laura Flanders Show, Afghanaid, SKL International, At-Work Productions, NAEC, YWCA, Catholic Relief Services, Medicine du Monde, British Snowboard Team, Marie Claire France, Mountain to Mountain, Rugby World, CBS, GIZ, Financial News London, UK Adidas, Nokia, T-Mobile, Barclays Bank, Reuters, CRS, Turquoise Mountain Foundation, Roshan Telecom.


2017-2018 ‘Migration’; Polaroid Photographic Exhibition and book featuring eight independent photographers documenting different ideas on migration. Ellie Kealey’s polaroids captured in Gaza in May 2017 focus on what reality is like for people living under nearly 50 years of Occupation. Exhibited in London, Leicester and Paris.

2014 HealthProm, solo Photographic Exhibition, exhibiting 90 pictures from contracted work in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan & Afghanistan. Chocolate Factory, London.

2014 PHO.TO Ambiente – Inside Lab, Photographic Exhibition. Turin, Italy 2014 The Troubadour, solo Photographic Exhibition. ‘Motherhood & Survival in remote Afghanistan.’

London 2011 & 2012 Bloomsbury Art Fair, Photographic Exhibition. London 2010 Aschiana, Photographic Exhibition, London


Afghan Cycles, World Premier Hot Docs Film Festival, Toronto 2018. Feature length documentary that tells the story of brave Afghan women who challenge gender barriers and put their lives at risk for the simple pleasure of riding a bicycle. Afghanistan.

RocKabul, Argus Tigernest Film Production. World Premier Rotterdam Film Festival 2018. Feature length documentary featuring a heavy metal band based in Kabul, Afghanistan.

At-Work Productions: Including Kabul at Work; Afghanistan at Work; Kyiv at Work, Gaza at Work. Small video vignettes of people living and working in areas of conflict and post conflict.


Washing The Dust From Our Hearts, Poetry and prose from writers of Afghan Women’s Writing Project; front cover. Published 2015.

Streets of Afghanistan, by Shannon Galpin, multiple images used in book publication. Published 2013