Great visuals enrich journalism

Here are some openDemocracy articles that feature great artwork, some of it especially commissioned, in their storytelling

Illustration by Tatyana Zelenskaya
Tatyana Zelenskaya

Featured artists

The artists featured here are active across the world. You can find out more about them by following their work online.

Carys Boughton

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Carys Boughton is an illustrator based in Hackney, east London. 

Carys studied History of Art at King's College, Cambridge, and after three years of looking at other people's art work, decided that what she would really like to do is make her own. So as soon as she graduated in 2016, she started setting up a career as an illustrator and hasn’t looked back since.

Patrick Koduah


Patrick Koduah's prize-winning work includes projects exhibited in the Embassy of Japan, commissioned portraiture of Prince Michael of Kent and music video animation for a recent Rolling Stone Magazine Band of the Year.

Shine A Light have collaborated with Patrick numerous times. Their first, The Lone Parent Trap, was published in August 2013. Then: Rats in the lunchbox, mould in the mattress: living in squalor in London in May 2014.

Reece Wykes

Reece Wykes

Reece is an illustrator & animator based in South London.

As well as illustrating, he is also a designer at Red Badger.

He won the Worldwide Picture Book Competition 2015 for 'I Dare You...'.

Wasi Daniju


Wasi Daniju is a photographer working mainly in documentary photography, portraiture, live performance and theatre.

She has exhibited, been featured in various print and online publications, and has working relationships with various organisations and individuals.

Pablo Albarenga


Pablo Albarenga is an Uruguayan documentary photographer and visual storyteller exploring human rights issues in Latin America.

He has been named The Photographer of the Year in the 2020 Sony World Photography Awards for his series, Seeds of Resistance.

Seeds of Resistance is part of his collaborative project with Democracia Abierta, Rainforest Defenders, which showcases landscapes and territories in danger from mining and agribusinesses and the activists fighting to conserve them.

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