About Cecil Images

Overview:  Member of ASMP and SATW.  An ASMP "Best of 2012" photographer. SATW Bronze Award Winner for Single-subject Portfolios, Bali (2016), Bhutan (2019), Singapore (2021). In-depth coverage of African, Arab, Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu, and Hispanic culture emphasizing  people, religion, agriculture, handicrafts, public health and economic development.  Images for the textbook, magazine, and educational market. 


Let Cecil Images be “your eyes abroad” for professional, high-quality, accurately captioned images illustrating Third World cultures.  Modern and traditional people dealing with the challenges of everyday life.  Islamic peoples.  Mosques.  Madrasas.  Eid al-Adha Celebrations.  West African and Asian ethnic groups.  Handicrafts.  African culture, geography, infrastructure, natural resources.  Agribusiness in Africa.  Traditional Third World farming methods.  Let Cecil Images' cameras bring you in close, to show you the details of things you might not notice, even if you were in the same place.


African and Arab images include Ivory Coast, Libya, Morocco, Niger, Oman, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Zanzibar.  Latin American destinations include Oaxaca, Mexico Day of the Dead celebrations; Antigua, Guatemala Holy Week (Semana Santa) celebrations; Mayan ruins of Copan, Honduras; Peru, Urubamba Valley and Cuzco; Havana and Trinidad, Cuba, and the Riviera Maya of the Yucatan peninsula.  Selected Caribbean destinations.  Buddhist and Hindu Temples in the Kathmandu valley area, Nepal, plus southern China, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, India, Bhutan, Bali, and Java.  U.S. coverage includes Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Las Vegas, Baltimore, Ft. Lauderdale, plus Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island.


I spent 23 years’ living in Africa and the Arab World during a 36-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service.  Dealing with foreign governments in sensitive or challenging environments, as well as working closely with the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Peace Corps, I learned how to document the use of limited financial resources for economic development, environmental mitigation, and non-profit grassroots social development activities.  Being conversant in French and Arabic and studying Spanish opens many doors. 


After attaining the rank of Ambassador in 1996, I left the Foreign Service in 2001 to devote myself full-time to photography and writing, working to promote cross-cultural understanding and tolerance.  I often travel on self-generated, stock-oriented trips.  A member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), I will consider proposals combining text/photo assignments.  A list of many article-length publications is available on request.


We can lend impact to your message.  Let Cecil Images be your eyes abroad.


Past Clients 

East-West News Service 
     The Ubiquitous Product you Can't See, Never Taste and Can't Live Without

                Rizzoli International Publications
                Conde Nast Traveler (U.S., U.K.,Spanish & Russian editions)

                National Geographic Traveler (Poland)

                Saudi Aramco World (click link for article)
                    Hadrian's Syrians
                      Gum Arabic
                      Zanzibar: Cloves & Stone
                      Tripoli, Libya: Crossroads of Rome and Islam
                      Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia
                      Tunisia's Center of Ceramics
                      Mosques of Cote d'Ivoire                                                


                Lonely Planet

                Lerner Publishing Group

                Stacey International

                Pearson Education

                U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Information Programs

                Harcourt Education (Australia)

                Crabtree Publishing

                Ministry of Information, Sultanate of Oman

                Impact PhotoGraphics

                Bearport Publishing Company

                Oxford University Press

                Karthala Editions (France)

                Houghton Mifflin

                Non-Profit Clients

                IRD, International Relief & Development, Senegal
                Peace Corps, Senegal               
                Africare, Senegal 
                NCBA/CLUSA Senegal (National Cooperative Business Association                                 CLUSA International)

                Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Wisconsin-Madison

                Tasmia Academy, Dehradun, India
                Madrasa Islamiya Arabia Izharul-Uloom, Dehradun, India                                    Madrasa Imdadul Uloom, Dehradun, India

Gift of the Givers [Islamic charity], Cape Town, South Africa

Other Publications

“Rocky Mountains by Rail,” The World and I, April 2004. Available as PDF file if requested. 

“Off the Beaten Track in Tunisia: A Visit to Le Kef,” The World and I, December 2003.      Available as PDF file if requested. 

”From Ambassador to Photographer, STATE Magazine, June 2012, page 29.    Available as PDF file if requested. 

This Worked for Me: Useful Ideas and Techniques from your Ambassadorial Colleagues.  Compiled and edited for the Leadership and ManagementSchool of the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State, Spring 2007. 

“Oman’s Progress Toward Participatory Government,” Middle East Policy, Spring 2006. 

“Tunisia’s Center of Ceramics Keeps Old Traditions Alive,” The Daily Star, Beirut, Lebanon, March 25, 2004. 

“Speaking Out: The Foreign Service and the Quality of Intelligence,” Foreign Service Journal, December 2003. 

The Department of State’s Regional Environmental Hub Network (“On Being a Hubster”), STATE Magazine, October 2002. 

“The Slow Decay of a Precious Site of Martyrdom,” Our Sunday Visitor, March 18, 1990

“The Determinants of Libyan Foreign Policy,” The Middle East Journal, Winter 1965.