Allyn Gaestel is a writer and journalist interested in human dignity and complexity. She explores this through narrative reportage on human rights, inequality, urbanity, gender, art and other topics. She is currently based in Lagos, Nigeria and works internationally.
She also makes photographs and has exhibited internationally including at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Liepzig, Germany, Espaco Saracura in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Lagos City Hall in Nigeria.
Allyn started her career as a United Nations Correspondent in New York, then lived in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, where she documented the failures of the aid response, the onset of the world’s largest cholera epidemic, and the first post-earthquake elections. She has continued returning on reporting trips to cover ongoing human rights issues in the country. She has also worked in The Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Senegal, Ethiopia, Mali, Mauritania, China, India, Nepal, Mexico, The Dominican Republic and the Bahamas. She has earned grants to support her reporting from The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, The International Reporting Project, The International Women’s Media Foundation, the Fund for Investigative Journalism, The Kaiser Family Foundation, the United Nations Foundation, the National Press Foundation and the William Penn Foundation. She has been published in The New Yorker Online, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, The Christian Science Monitor, CNN, Reuters, The Atlantic, France 24, Nataal, Intense Art Magazine, Moon Man Magazine, etc.
She has reported and field produced documentary videos, including an award-winning short for the New York Times.