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Karl J. Grobl
Karl Grobl is one of the world’s most respected and experienced humanitarian photographers. Specializing in the photographic documentation of relief efforts and development work of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide, Grobl has shot for more than 80 different NGOs in more than 50 countries. He has photographed post-conflict peace building efforts in Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and East Timor; HIV/AIDS issues in Africa and Asia; community development programs in Cuba and Latin America; as well as sensitive social issues including human trafficking in Cambodia and the Philippines. Following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Grobl spent more than a month embedded with five different NGOs, documenting tsunami relief efforts in India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.
Grobl’s images have appeared in publications such as National Geographic, Newsweek, CNN, Geo, Town and Country magazine and The Chronicle of Philanthropy, though the majority of his photos appear in the annual reports, newsletters and communications materials of his humanitarian organization clients. Zuma Press, which represents Grobl’s work, is the world’s largest independent press agency and wire service. Grobl’s 2005 Haiti photostory, “City of God,” was nominated for a World Press Photo Award. Revealing the human side of issues faced by people across the globe, Grobl’s photographs offer viewers intimate glimpses into the lives of ordinary people in places few will ever visit.
As a member of the Advisory Counsel of Focus for Humanity, Grobl assists the organization in providing financial support, resources and training for professional and amateur photographers wanting to work with NGOs.
A 1983 graduate of Illinois Benedictine College, Grobl moved to California to study Kinesiology and Biomechanics at San Diego State University and spent the next 15 years in medical sales and sales management before switching to a career in photojournalism. In 2013, he relocated from San Diego, Calif., to Siem Reap, Cambodia, where he now lives full time.