Geoff Oliver Bugbee ( b.1971 ) is an American freelance photographer, multimedia journalist and visual consultant for global health NGOs and international relief agencies. For over twenty years he has filed images, stories and video footage in remote outposts from 50+ countries including Bhutan, Mongolia, Haiti, Bolivia, Sierra Leone, Congo DRC, India, and Rwanda. His ink-filled passports rate among his most cherished possessions.
Exploring the complexities of reversible blindness and eye surgery through comprehensive visual capture and clinical case stories, as well as bolstering image archives for some of the world's leading blindness prevention agencies, he continues a life-long commitment to the worldwide sight restoration movement.
Geoff explains, "At some point back in the analog photography era, I realized the critical role vision would play in the trajectory of my life, specifically how fundamental my eyes would be going forward working as a socially-concerned photographer. A simple realization for sure, but it sort of shook the core and cleared a path ahead to work for others who struggle to see. It just made so much sense."
Recent surgical video camerawork in Cameroon appeared in a series of episodes on CNN's Vital Signs. His clinical and editorial pictures have been featured in many humanitarian and NGO journals, in The New York Times, Huffington Post, National Geographic Books, Fast Company magazine, Readers Digest, USA Today, Forbes, Voice of America, Ophthalmology Today and The Guardian.
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Email - geo(at)mcn.org | Tel. - 502.216.8049 | Instagram @geoffoliverbug9