Photo by Adriane Ohanesian.

Photo by Adriane Ohanesian.


Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin is a photographer interested in the interplay and synergy between identity and place particularly within the context of migration and statelessness. 



He is interested in exploring how notions of identity change when people are forced to leave their home, country, and culture. These questions frequently move Mackenzie to areas of flux and instability - places people are often navigating loss and pursuing hopes, where priorities and beliefs are close to the surface. Something vital and enduring rests there even when the surrounding landscape says otherwise. His goal is to tell stories from that space.

These stories have been published in print and online in Time, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Foreign Policy Magazine, Die Zeit, and Al Jazeera Magazine among others.


Mackenzie studied geopolitics and ecology at Dartmouth College in the United States, and graduated with a major in Human Geography and a minor in Biology.

He speaks Spanish and Portuguese fluently, Mandarin and French proficiently, and can keep himself fed using Arabic. His Turkish, however, is atrocious.

Currently based out of New York City and working worldwide.

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