Ed Ou, based in Istanbul, is a culturally ambiguous Canadian photojournalist who has been bouncing around the Middle East, Africa, and the former Soviet Union.

His photography has so far taken him from dark eerie crypts in Madagascar, to radioactive lakes in Kazakhstan, refugee boats in the Gulf of Aden, to animatronic love doll factories in Tokyo.

He had an early start to his career as a teenager covering the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah in southern Lebanon and the fall of the Islamic Courts in Mogadishu, Somalia while he was studying Arabic and Hebrew in the Middle East. He worked for Reuters and the Associated Press, covering a wide range of news stories based out of Jerusalem. After university, he moved to Kazakhstan, where he documented the tragic consequences of Soviet nuclear weapons testing in Semipalatinsk. Since then, Ed has focused his lens on Somalia, where he has been following refugees as they flee the country by boat to Yemen. This story has taken him all over the Middle East and the Horn of Africa. Recently, an investigative report he photographed about child soldiers fighting for the Somali Transitional Government made the front page of the New York Times. The next day, those photos served as evidence in front of a US congressional hearing that the American government was violating international law by supporting a government that uses child soldiers.

Ed's work has been recognized by Pictures of the Year International, the Overseas Press Club, Ian Parry Scholarship, Best of Photojournalism, PDN Photo Annual, among others. He was selected for a Getty Images Editorial Grant, PDN 30 Under 30, as well as the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass.

He speaks English, Arabic, Mandarin, and gets by in Hebrew and French