Visual Journalist, Cinematographer and Documentary Filmmaker
Ed Ou is a visual journalist and documentary filmmaker.
He started his career early as a teenager, covering the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, and the fall of the Islamic Courts in Mogadishu, Somalia while he was studying in the Middle East. He first worked for Reuters and the Associated Press, covering a wide range of news stories in the region. He then worked for the New York Times covering East Africa and the Middle East during the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings. Since then has covered the lasting trauma of colonialism in indigenous communities in Canada, the drug war in the Philippines, and the rise of extremism in the United States for NBC News.
He just completed a feature documentary looking at the intersection of American policing and those living with mental illness and has been covering the ongoing social justice protests in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.
He recently won an Emmy Award for his coverage of the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean and was named the Documentary Storyteller of the Year by POYi.
His visual coverage of the 6 January 2021 Capitol protests in the United States contributed to a Staff Public Service Pulitzer Prize for The Washington Post.
His documentaries have been awarded a Peabody, an Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award, an International Reporting Award from the Overseas Press Club, a Canadian Screen Award, and a team Edward. R Murrow award, among others.
His photojournalism has been recognised by multiple World Press Photo Awards, a Global Vision Award, World Understanding Award, Documentary Journalism Awards, and Photographer of the Year Award from POYi.
He has been selected for a Getty Images Editorial Grant, PDN 30 Under 30, and took part in the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. He was also awarded the City of Perpignan Young Reporter Award at Visa Pour L'Image and the Young Reporter Prize from the Prix Bayeux-Calvados Award for War Correspondents.
He is a TED Senior Fellow.
He is represented by Reportage by Getty Images.
Unsafe Passage follows an overcrowded ship with asylum seekers that leaves Libya bound for Europe – triggering a high-stakes showdown between a Doctors Without Borders vessel wanting to escort it to safety and the Libyan Coast Guard fighting to turn it back. As the Libyans issue armed threats, tension grows below deck, revealing an inside view of the desperate hope that is the deadly race for Europe
A Different Kind of Force—Policing Mental Illness offers an unflinching look at the crisis in the U.S. mental health system today by exploring the complex and often fraught relationship between the mentally ill and law enforcement.
After George Floyd was killed by police across the street from their home, Jamie LaBlanche and his 11-year-old son, Tyson, struggled to confront their own trauma as the mass movement against police brutality and racial inequality unfurled on their block.