The internationally acclaimed and award-winning photojournalist Marcus Bleasdale has a spread in the latest issue of National Geographic documenting conflict in the Central African Republic. This work is just the latest example of how Bleasdale puts his considerable talents to use in the service of human rights in places that are often not on front pages of major newspapers.

Marcus started out his career as a banker in London, but the conflict in the Balkans in the 1990s inspired him to change career paths in a very dramatic way. He describes that transition as well as some of his work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sierra Leone. He candidly discusses how is process as a photojournalist leaves him vulnerable to the profound emotional toll of his work.

You can see some of the photos discussed in this episode on National Geographic and on MarcusBleasdale.com Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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