Andrew Oberstadt is a videographer/photographer from Holland, Michigan, now based in New York City. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Video at Columbia College Chicago, he served in the United States Peace Corps (USPC) in Senegal. Upon completion of USPC service, he remained in West Africa and worked as a freelance videographer, covering news events, and environmental and human interest stories, including the 2015 Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone.
Since joining the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in 2016, Andrew produces multimedia stories about resettled refugee families in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, and East and West Africa. While visually documenting refugee stories is paramount, Andrew’s photographs are also providing insight into how Trump-era policies are targeting refugees and dismantling the resettlement system in the U.S.
Most recently Andrew photographed asylum-seeking families that the IRC supports in Phoenix, Arizona. Although he was a member of the media team when he was in Phoenix, Andrew participated in IRC’s emergency response, assisting with transportation logistics while taking photographs of individuals and families traversing the U.S. asylum-seeking process.
When Andrew is not producing multimedia stories for the International Rescue Committee, he is experimenting with multi-exposure film portraiture, street photography, and making music videos for West African artists.