Jerry Redfern has worked as a professional photojournalist for more than 20 years. He began his career as a staff photographer at newspapers in the American West, at a time when papers still had darkrooms and photographers still processed their own film. In 1998, he and his wife, author Karen Coates, moved to Cambodia. They have since combined their talents on numerous projects examining under-reported stories across Asia and beyond, with particular focus on environment, health and social issues. Over seven years, they documented the widespread effects of unexploded bombs in Laos. Their book, “Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos,” was published by ThingsAsian Press in 2013. Redfern and Coates have given several public presentations on this issue.
Redfern is a 2012-2013 Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
In October 2011, the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University named Redfern a Senior Fellow for continuing work on Eternal Harvest.
Redfern holds a degree in journalism from The University of Montana. His work has won awards from numerous journalism and art organizations, including the Fund for Investigative Journalism, Center – Review Santa Fe, and the National Press Photographers Association. Redfern’s images appear in publications around the world, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Archaeology, Travel+Leisure Southeast Asia, GEO, Sierra, National Geographic Books, and many others.
In addition to shooting, Redfern also teaches photojournalism classes to working journalists in developing countries through a variety of journalism training centers.
When not working abroad, he crashes bikes in New Mexico.