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Sam Phelps' first endeavor in documentary photography began with an overland journey from Mumbai to Paris in 2007. He produced a series of portraits of the Mumbai Fire Brigade, a cultural and historical remnant of British colonisation fusing with modern day India. The photographs were exhibited at the Indian National Centre of Photography in 2008.

His attraction to the documentation of journeys was sparked at this time. Traveling on mountainous roads to Leh, the capital of Ladakh province in northern India he photographed the lives of people along the route. A four day voyage on a train meeting and documenting pilgrims' experiences traveling from Tehran to the Syrian capital of Damascus to pray at the Umayyad, the Great Mosque of Damascus was also another notable voyage of influence. 

More recently he has worked on Train Portraits, a project entailing travel across countries via train networks with the goal of creating a portrait of a nation and it's people through the interviews and photographs produced. Images from this series shot in Pakistan were published in the book The Other Hundred in 2013.  

A background of fine arts study in Sydney, a satisfying but grimy stint in a nickel plating workshop in Oslo, editing Indonesian commercials in hectic Jakarta and numerous years experience within the fashion industry living in Paris has shaped his experience, style and influenced his practice as a photographer. 

He works increasingly with UN agencies and NGOs including Médecins Sans Frontières on assignment throughout Africa. He also undertakes journalistic and portrait assignments for clients including Fader, Vice,  Der Spiegel, Newsweek, The FinancialTimes, The Guardian, Observer magazine and The Times.

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