American photojournalist Holly Pickett earned degrees in journalism and history from the University of Montana. She was a staff photographer at The Spokesman-Review newspaper in Washington State, before moving to Cairo in early 2008 to pursue freelancing. She has documented news and contemporary issues in Egypt, Gaza, Iraq, Yemen, Turkey and Afghanistan. She documented three Arab Spring uprisings in 2011—in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya.
Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Time, The New Yorker, Stern, NPR.org, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Paris Match, and many others. She is a contributing photographer for Redux Pictures photography agency in New York, and to Everyday Africa and Everyday Middle East photo collectives, which use photography of daily life to break down regional stereotypes.
When covering conflict, Holly's primary focus is often on the destructive impact on civil society and on civilians who find themselves in the crossfire of violence. She seeks out the stories of women, hoping to help bring their voices to the outside world, and she has a strong interest in documenting the daily struggles of refugees.
Holly is based in Istanbul and continues to cover the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa.