Meet Molly Bingham

Molly Bingham grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and went to Brooks school in North Andover, MA, before getting her BA in 1990 at Harvard College in Medieval European History.

From the age of seventeen, when she had her first job in photography, Bingham knew she wanted to be a photojournalist. Working summer internships and taking photography classes through college Bingham finished without a sense of how to bring her vision of working internationally to reality.

In 1993 she traveled with a friend to Russia and Tibet and produced a portfolio from those trips that she showed around to any magazine or newspaper photo editor who would meet her. In 1994 she traveled to Rwanda to cover the ongoing refugee crisis after the genocide. From that time until 1998, Bingham focused her work on central Africa, including Rwanda, Burundi and the Congo (then called Zaire). In addition to working as a journalist, Bingham has worked on three projects with Human Rights Watch over the years, one in Burundi, one on arms trafficking in the Great Lakes region of central Africa and later an emergency project for HRW in Sierra Leone.

In August of 1998 Bingham began work as Official Photographer to Vice President Al Gore at the White House, a job documenting the life of the Vice President that she continued until January 2001.

Bingham returned to Africa in the spring of 2001, working on a story for the New York Times Sunday Magazine on the mining of the mineral Coltan that is used to coat computer chips. On September 11th, 2001, Bingham was in western Virginia on a training course for journalists, but returned to Washington to photograph the Pentagon and the feeling in the capital in the wake of the attacks for the New Yorker. Post 9/11 Bingham has spent time in Afghanistan, the Gaza Strip, Iran and fourteen months in Iraq.

During the 2004-05 academic year Bingham won a mid-career Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University. Bingham has won several awards including Pictures of the Year awards for her photography and an honorable mention from the Overseas Press Club for her story, “Ordinary Warriors: The Iraqi Resistance” that ran in the July 2004 issue of Vanity Fair. Bingham has given numerous talks at Universities, on television and radio and is additionally one of five women journalists featured in the documentary “Bearing Witness” screened on A&E in May 2005.

Bingham co-directed documentary film “Meeting Resistance” with partner and journalist Steve Connors. The film was reported over ten months spent in Baghdad in 2003 and 2004, and features interviews with Iraqis (and one Syrian) directly involved in the violent resistance to the occupation of the country. “Meeting Resistance” opened in theatres in the U.S. in the fall of 2007, and has subsequently been invited to screen around the world for US military audiences (including Baghdad where the directors were brought to show the film to military and diplomatic audiences), universities, community organizations and film festivals. The film won the “Golden Prize” at the Al Jazeera Film Festival among others and Bingham and Connors traveled extensively for sixteen months in support of the film and talking about their understanding of and experience in Iraq and how that knowledge translated into current events.

Since 2003 Bingham has expanded her work from photography to include writing and filmmaking. Her written work has been published in Vanity Fair, The Guardian, Nieman Reports and other online and print publications. After her Nieman Fellowship Bingham began considering the changes necessary within the structure of journalism to bring it into the current age. After years of thought and conversation she is launching ORBmedia, which utilizes data and professional reporting to provide a global public information source that better reflects and describes the realities of our  interdependent, single human community.

Being from a journalism family, Bingham is uniquely placed to approach media with a sense of continuity over time. She is pairing that with her own experience as a journalist in order to facilitate media more significantly meeting its responsibilities to humanity.