Classes

Student Zahara Abdul and instructor Nichole Sobecki discuss work from a day of shooting at Foundry Photojournalism Workshop 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda. ©Sofie Hecht Photography

Our classes are designed to improve your photography and visual journalism skills no matter your skill level. This year, classes will be held online in small, intimate groups. Participants, teachers and guest lecturers will come together virtually in December 2022 to celebrate their photographic stories and learn new skills.

Our teachers are some of the world’s most influential photographers and visual journalists. They offer perspectives gained from long experience working around the world.

Please note that our instructors and presenters are subject to change.

Ben Brody

Ben Brody

Ben Brody is an independent photographer, educator, and picture editor working on long-form projects related to the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and their aftermath. He is the Director of Photography for The GroundTruth Project and Report for America, and a co-founder of Mass Books.

His first book, Attention Servicemember, was shortlisted for the 2019 Aperture – Paris Photo First Book Award and is now in its second edition.  He is also the author of Endgame Afghanistan and 300m.  Ben holds an MFA from Hartford Art School’s International Low-Residency Photography program. He resides in western Massachusetts.
 

Class:  The Documentary Photobook

If you want to really take control of your long-form visual storytelling, the photobook may be the medium for you.  In this course, we will deconstruct narrative documentary photobooks and zines, and examine what works and doesn’t work – from the edit and sequence to the binding and materials.   We will also familiarize you with the current photobook publishing landscape.  If you want to work on an existing book project or make a zine during the workshop, we will get you there!
 
 

Andrea Bruce

Andrea Bruce is a documentary photographer whose work focuses on ideas of democracy and people living in the aftermath of war. She concentrates on the social issues that are sometimes ignored and often ignited in war’s wake.
Her clients include National Geographic and The New York Times as well as many publications around the globe. Andrea was a 2016 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University where she studied political theory.

Andrea started working in Iraq in 2003, bringing a local reporter’s knack for intimacy and community focus to the lives of Iraqis and the US military.
For eight years she worked as a staff photographer for The Washington Post, where she originated and authored a weekly column called “Unseen Iraq.” She also worked at The Concord Monitor and The St. Petersburg Times after graduating from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995. She is now a member/ owner of the photo agency NOOR. In 2011 she was an Alicia Patterson Fellow and in 2019 she was a CatchLight Fellow and a National Geographic Explorer.

Her awards include the 2018 IWMF Anja Niedringhaus award, a 2014 World Press Photo 2nd prize for Daily Life and the inaugural Chris Hondros Fund Award in 2012 for the “commitment, willingness and sacrifice shown in her work.” She has been named Photographer of the Year four times by the WHNPA, received several awards from the Pictures of the Year International contest, including the 2017 Environmental Vision Award, and was awarded the prestigious John Faber Award from the Overseas Press Club in New York.

Currently, she is based in North Carolina, is the author of the weekly Bulletin, “Down in the County”, teaches for New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute is in the process of getting her MFA from the School of the Art Institute Chicago.

Vanessa Charlot

Vanessa Charlot

Vanessa Charlot is an award-winning documentary photographer, photojournalist, filmmaker, lecturer and curator and media safety trainer. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Multimedia at the University of Mississippi School of Journalism and New Media.  Her work focuses on the intersectionality of race, politics, culture and sexual/gender expression to explore the human experience. The purpose of her work is to produce visual representations free of an oppressive gaze. Vanessa seeks to humanize Black bodies through her photography, restoring the dignity and vitality of those often shot as subjects divorced from context, motives, and histories. Her work invites us all to question our relationship to what we think about when we see Black bodies as static images and in motion.

She has worked throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Southeast Asia.  Her photographs have been commissioned by the New York Times, Gucci, Vogue, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Oprah Magazine, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Apple, New York Magazine, Buzzfeed, Artnet News, The Washington Post and other national and international publications. Vanessa lectures at the International Center of Photography and is the recipient of the International Women’s Media Foundation Courage in Journalism Award for 2021. She is currently an Emerson Collective Fellow.

Michael Robinson Chavez

Michael Robinson Chavez

Michael Robinson Chávez, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer for The Washington Post, became seduced by photography after a friend gave him a camera before a trip to Peru in 1988. A native Californian and half Peruvian, he previously worked with the Associated Press, The Boston Globe and The Los Angeles Times and is a graduate of San Francisco State University. Robinson Chávez has covered assignments in over 75 countries including the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the collapse of Venezuela, violence in Mexico,   tsunamis in Indonesia and Chile, the Egyptian revolution, gold mining in Peru and the 2006 Hezbollah/Israeli war. 

He was part of a team from The Washington Post awarded a 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for coverage of the January 6th coup attempt on the US Capitol and for Explanatory Journalism in 2019 covering climate change. He is also a three-time winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Photojournalism and was named Photographer of the Year by Pictures of the Year International in 2020. His photographs have been exhibited in France, Australia, Peru, United States, Croatia, Georgia and Spain. He teaches photo workshops through the Leica Akademie. 

Alan Chin

Alan Chin was born and raised in New York City’s Chinatown. Since 1996, he has worked in China, the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Central Asia. Domestically, Alan has followed the historic trail of the Civil Rights movement, documented the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and covered the 2008 presidential campaign. He is a contributing photographer to Newsweek, the New York Times and BagNews, an editor and photographer at Newsmotion and a photographer at Facing Change: Documenting America (FCDA). Alan’s work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

Danny Wilcox Frazier

Danny Wilcox Frazier

Documentary photographer and filmmaker Danny Wilcox Frazier focuses his work on marginalized communities both in and outside of the United States. Frazier has photographed people struggling to survive the economic shift that has devastated rural communities throughout America, including in his home state of Iowa. His work acknowledges isolation and neglect while also celebrating perseverance and strength.

Frazier’s photographs have been included in numerous books including: MVP (The Millennium Villages Project), de.Mo design Ltd. November 2016, Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff with the essay, Evidence Detroit, by Danny Wilcox Frazier, The Penguin Press, February 2013, War Is Only Half The Story, Vol. IV, The Aftermath Project, January 2012, burn.02, burn inc, September 2011, and Land – Country Life in the Urban Age (catalogue), Noorderlicht, October 2010.

Frazier is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships including: Aaron Siskind Foundation, Individual Photographer’s Fellowship (2016), Emergency Fund, Magnum Foundation (2016), The Aftermath Project (2009), Humanities Iowa, an affiliate of the NEH (2009), W. Eugene Smith Grant finalist (2007 and 2008), and the Stanley Fellowship for Graduate Research Abroad (2003).

photo by Justin McKie

 

Alison Morley

Alison Morley is a photography coach, editor and educator. She is chair emerita of the Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism Program at the International Center of Photography. She has taught workshops all over the world and has worked at various magazines and newspapers as Photo Editor, including for The New York Times, Esquire and LifeMagazine. She has written on photography for Elle Magazineand is an editor for major monographs such as The Ninth Floorby Jessica Dimmock, Andrea Star Reese’s Urban Cave and Ron Haviv’s Blood and Honey. She is currently curating the Daegu Photo Biennale 2021 in Korea and editing forthcoming photo books.

Christopher Morris

Christopher Morris was born in California in 1958 and began his career as a documentary conflict photographer working almost exclusively for TIME magazine, where he has been on contract since 1990. He has been credited with redefining political coverage in America during his years working at the White House for TIME magazine from 2000 till 2009. While working as a photojournalist, Morris expanded his work into the fashion world. Morris is a founding member of VII Photo Agency.

Brian Palmer

Brian Palmer

Brian Palmer’s work as a multimedia journalist and documentarian has appeared in/on the New York Times, Smithsonian magazine, PBS, BBC, Reveal, and other outlets. He received the Peabody Award, for “Monumental Lies,” a 2018 Reveal radio story about public funding for Confederate sites with colleagues Seth Wessler and Esther Kaplan.

Palmer began his career as a fact-checker for the Village Voice. Before going freelance in 2002, he served in a number of staff positions—Beijing bureau chief for US News & World Report; staff writer at Fortune; and on-air correspondent at CNN. Palmer was awarded a Ford Foundation grant for Full Disclosure, a video documentary about his three media embeds in Iraq with U.S. Marines, completed in 2009. Currently, Palmer is the Joan Konner Visiting Professor of Journalism at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Links to work:
VQR Online
Gund Foundation
Pulitzer Center
Emerson Collective

Josué Rivas

Josué Rivas (Mexica and Otomi) is an Indigenous Futurist, creative director, visual storyteller and educator working at the intersection of art, technology, journalism, and decolonization. His work aims to challenge the mainstream narrative about Indigenous peoples, co-create with the community, and serve as a vehicle for collective healing.

He is a 2022 NDN Collective Radical Imagination Fellow2020 Catchlight Leadership Fellow, Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellow, founder of INDÍGENA, co-founder of Indigenous Photograph and Curator at Indigenous TikTok.

Some of his recent collaborators include NikeAdobe, Adidas, Levi’s, Apple, National Geographic, and The New York Times, amongst others.

Josué is a guest in the traditional village sites of the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Bands of Chinook, Tualatin, Kalapuya, Molalla (Portland, OR.)

Josué will be teaching about decolonizing the language in photography, how to co-create with community, purpose and creative practice and self care as a visual storyteller. 

Nina Robinson

Nina Robinson is an award-winning documentary photographer and educator based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her work has been described as tender, cinematic and visceral. It has been featured on international platforms including National Geographic, The New York Times and Time‘s Lightbox. She covers stories in the American South, Midwest, and East Coast. Robinson developed a groundbreaking and innovative phototherapy program in 2015 with senior citizens at William Hodson Community Center in the Bronx. Through the use of photography, older residents were able to openly explore personal and social issues. She continues similar social workshops and programming centered around photography across the country.

Nichole Sobecki

Nichole Sobecki is an American photographer and filmmaker based in Nairobi, Kenya.

After graduating from Tufts University, Nichole spent the early years of her career in Turkey, Lebanon, and Syria, focusing on regional issues related to identity, conflict, and human rights. From 2012-2015, she led Agence France-Presse’s East Africa video bureau and was a 2014 Rory Peck Awards News Finalist for her coverage of the Westgate mall attacks in Kenya. Nichole’s work has been recognized by Pictures of the Year, the One World Media Awards, the Alexandra Boulat Award for Photojournalism, The Magenta Foundation, and The Jacob Burns Film Center, among others, and her work has been exhibited internationally.

She is a contributor to Everyday Africa, a collection of images shot on mobile phones across the continent, and an attempt to showcase the moments missing from dramatic news images — everyday life that is neither idealized nor debased.

Nichole aims to create photographs and films that demand consideration for the lives of those represented – their joys, challenges, and ultimately their humanity.

Maggie Steber

Maggie Steber, a documentary photographer specializing in humanistic stories, has worked in 67 countries. Her honors include a grant from the Guggenheim Foundation in 2017, the Leica Medal of Excellence, World Press Photo Foundation, the Overseas Press Club, Pictures of the Year, the Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service to Journalism from the University of Missouri, the Alicia Patterson Grant, the Ernst Haas Grant, and a Knight Foundation grant for the New American Newspaper project. Steber has worked in Haiti for three decades. Aperture published her monograph, “Dancing on Fire.”

In 2013, Steber was named as one of eleven “Women of Vision” by National Geographic Magazine with an exhibition that traveled to five cities. Steber served as a Newsweek contract photographer and as Assistant Managing Editor of Photography and Features at The Miami Herald, overseeing projects that won a Pulitzer.  Her work is included in the Library of Congress, the Guggenheim Foundation Collection, and The Richter Library. She exhibits internationally. Clients include National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, AARP, The Guardian, and Geo Magazine. Steber teaches workshops internationally including at the World Press Joop Swart Master Classes, the International Center for Photography, Foundry Workshops, and the Obscura Photo Festival.

Amber Terranova

Amber Terranova

Amber Terranova is an experienced photo director, educator and visual producer based between New York and New Mexico. She has worked as the Education Director for Magnum Photos and held faculty positions at The School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography. 

Amber has extensive marketing, photo directing, commissioning and consultancy experience for multiple major brands and publications around the world. She has worked as a photo editor at New York, Outside, Photo District News, The New Yorker and People. In 2013 Amber was the interim Director at the Bilder Nordic School of Photography in Oslo, Norway. Amber is committed to photography education and to helping photographers realize their creative and career potential. She has taught photography workshops in the US, Europe, Asia and has been a guest lecturer at several institutions. In addition, she has judged a number of international photo competitions. Amber is an advisory council board member for CENTER, a non-profit that honors, supports, and provides opportunities to gifted and committed photographers.

In this video, hear from Tafadzwa Ufumeli about his book and workshop experience at Foundry Kigali 2019, and see Fatma Fahmy's handmade book, "Once There Was a Tram", about Alexandria's 19th century tram network.
Video from Daniel Schwartz’s class in Kigali, Rwanda during Foundry 2019.

Guests

Our special guests give presentations on various topics and/or portfolio reviews to educate all Foundry participants.
Monica Allende

Monica Allende

Monica Allende is an independent curator/artistic director, consultant and educator. She is the Artistic Director of Landskrona Foto Festival and was GetxoPhoto International Image Festival Artistic Director from 2017 to 2019. She curated “Light” an exhibition during PhotoLondon 2021 at Peckham24. She has also collaborated with WeTransfer as a Consultant and Creative Producer and was the FORMAT17 International Photography Festival director. She is curating the Blues Skies Project, a multidisciplinary project with artist Anton Kusters and Ruben Samama, shortlisted for the Deutsche Borse Photography Foundation Prize 2019 and exhibiting in Les Recontres d’ Arles in 2021. She collaborates with Canon Europe as an adviser on the Ambassadors and the Student Mentorship Programmes. She advises CAMPO.lat, a grassroots digital platform, on strategy and programming.

Allende was the Photo Editor at the Sunday Times Magazine, where she launched Spectrum, the award-winning photography section.

She is a visiting lecturer at the London College of Communication, London & EFTI in Madrid. She is a collaborator and teaches programmes in Latin America and Sarajevo for the VII Academy part of the VII Foundation. She has also produced and taught creatives labs for FIFV in Chile, Proyecto Imaginario, Argentina, ScreenLab in London and Taskheil in Saudi Arabia. The Mentorship Business Programme for the University of Sunderland’s and workshop for Internazionale a Ferrara, WPP workshop Angola, Magnum Professional Practice, Grain and Format “East Meets West “ Programme among many others, and WPP JOOP Masterclass.

She is dedicated to nurturing new and established talent and nominates photographers for prizes, including the Paul Huf Award , Deutsche Börse TPG Photography Prize, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award, the Prix Pictet and The Joop Swart Masterclass/ WPP.

Allende is also a reviewer and ambassador for Reminders Photography Stronghold in Japan and Docking Station in Holland. She is on the Board of Trustees of Photoworks advising on curatorial practices. 

Pancho Bernasconi

Pancho Bernasconi is Vice President for News at Getty Images. Personal career highlights include photo editing seven Olympic games, six US presidential conventions, chairing the Pulitzer Prize Photography jury, and working on The New York Times “A Nation Challenged” special section after the 9/11 attacks.

But most importantly, Pancho works to amplify the legacy of Getty Images staff photographer Chris Hondros, who was killed in April 2011 while on assignment in Libya, by helping to establish the Chris Hondros Fund. The Hondros Fund supports and advances the work of photojournalists & raises awareness of the issues facing those reporting from conflict areas

Mike Davis

Mike Davis looks at pictures for a living. And he talks about pictures, with photographers. He says which images are better and why they’re better and suggests ways to improve the photographer’s seeing, with an emphasis on storytelling through photographic narratives.
 
Mike works directly with photographers the world over, independently. And he’s writing a book about his approach.
 
In the past, he has done this while teaching at Syracuse University, directing The Alexia Grants competition, at The White House, National Geographic magazine and several of America’s leading visual newspapers.
 
He has gotten many accolades, judged a bunch of photography competitions, lectured in scores of settings and taught at a heap of workshops.
 
Mike likes what he does.
Alice Gabriner

Alice Gabriner

Alice Gabriner is a visual editor with 30 years of experience primarily covering national and international news at TIME, National Geographic, U.S. News & World Report, and The New York Times. She photo edited TIME’s year-long multimedia project ‘Finding Home’, which received the top prize in the 2018 World Press Photo contest for Innovative Storytelling, and a 2018 Emmy Award nomination in the Outstanding New Approaches Documentary category. During a ten-year tenure at TIME, she led the photo department through the election and inauguration of Barack Obama, oversaw the magazine¹s award-winning coverage of the Iraq War, and worked with TIME’s notable team of photographers during the 2000 Presidential election, including Christopher Morris whose acclaimed body of work covering the presidency of George W. Bush resulted in two monographs. For the first two years of the Obama administration, she served as Deputy Director of Photography. Gabriner has curated photography exhibits and has been a member of photo juries and portfolio reviews around the world.

Erica Garber headshot

Erica Garber

Erica Garber is the Director of Development for CatchLight, a visual media nonprofit that leverages the power of visuals to inform, connect and transform communities.  

She has worked in the arts and visual media for nearly twenty years in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York, organizing exhibitions and public programs at organizations including the Museum of the African Diaspora, as a curator with private collections, and most recently building funding streams to sustain photographers creating new work and to grow programming at CatchLight.  In 2011, she was awarded an OYASAF Fellowship to study contemporary art in Lagos, Nigeria. She earned a BFA in Art Education at the University of Arizona and a MA in Modern Art History: Critical and Curatorial Studies at Columbia University.

Julie Hau

Julie Hau

Julie Hau is a photo editor at National Geographic, the visual lead for the front of the magazine, select feature stories, and the podcast Overheard at National Geographic.

photo by Rebecca Hale

 

Stephanie Heimann

Stephanie Heimann is the Photo Director for The New Republic based in New York City. She has garnered several awards for the magazine including a National Magazine Award nomination in 2018 and the 2017 Magazine Picture Editor of the Year award from the National Press Photographers Association. She has worked on many international and domestic editorial titles including Newsweek, Time, New York, Scientific American, and Fortune Small Business, and was Al Gore’s photo editor on the sequel to his book Inconvenient Truth. Her career began as a photojournalist covering post-Soviet culture and the first war in Chechnya, and she spent almost ten years as an expatriate photo editor based in Moscow, Hong Kong, and Europe. She is the founder of the nonprofit Fovea Exhibitions, where, in a volunteer capacity, she oversees photojournalism exhibits on topical and social issues.  Active as a teacher at the International Center of Photography, and an Advisory Member on the Rory Peck Trust, she has also curated many exhibits and has been included on magazine and photo juries and portfolio reviews around the world. 

Natalia Jiménez

Natalia is a senior picture editor on the national desk at The Washington Post, where she covered the Trump presidency and 2020 election. Before joining the Post, she managed the photography team at NBC News, where she also art directed and commissioned original illustrations. Her work has been recognized by Pictures of the Year International, NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism and the Society of News Design.

She has served as a juror for photography and design awards for the Overseas Press Club, American Photography 37, and NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism. In 2019, she was faculty on the first Women Photograph workshop held in Latin America and participated as a mentor in their 2021 program.

Natalia was drawn to editing while an assistant to photographers Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb as they developed longform visual narratives through book publishing. Though she has focused on digital storytelling for most of her career, she retains an appreciation for the tactile experience of photography books and aims to apply that sensibility to her everyday work.

Michael Kamber

Michael Kamber has worked as a journalist for more than 25 years. Between 2002 and 2012, he worked for The New York Times, covering conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Liberia, the Sudan, Somalia, the Congo, and other countries. He was the first person in the New York Times‘ history to routinely file photos, videos and written articles to the paper. His photographs have also been published in nearly every major news magazine in the United States and Europe, as well as in many newspapers. Kamber is a former adjunct professor at Columbia University. He is the winner of a World Press Photo award, the Mike Berger Award, the Society of Professional Journalists Deadline Club Award, American Photo Images of the Year, and was a member of The New York Times team that won a 2003 Overseas Press Club award. The New York Times twice nominated Kamber’s work for the Pulitzer Prize. Kamber founded the Bronx Documentary Center in 2011.

Suzie Katz

Suzie Katz is a photographer, speaker, educator, producer, and is giving back to the world that has given her so much by creating and running an educational non-profit organization called PhotoWings. Their mission is to highlight and help facilitate the power of photography to influence the world. They help photography to be better understood, created, utilized, seen, and saved. Through PhotoWings, Suzie concentrates on bringing the photos, knowledge and skills gained through photography to the world across generations, cultures, and disciplines. To document and more richly utilize their legacy, PhotoWings has created, along with many innovative partners, 100’s of hours of interviews, presentations, and other educational content incorporating these ideas for replication, adaptation, or inspiration.

Elizabeth Cheng Krist

Elizabeth Cheng Krist was a Senior Photo Editor with National Geographic magazine for over 20 years, and is a founding member of the Visual Thinking Collective. She is on the boards of Women Photograph and the W. Eugene Smith Fund, advises the Eddie Adams Workshop, and has helped program National Geographic’s Storytellers Summit (formerly the Photography Seminar) for over ten years.

In 2021 Elizabeth received the John Durniak Mentor Award from the National Press Photographers Association for mentoring photojournalists. Her other honors include awards from Pictures of the Year International, the Overseas Press Club, and Communication Arts. Elizabeth has reviewed portfolios for the New York Portfolio Review (hosted by The New York Times, Photoville, and CUNY), La Luz, LACP, the Eddie Adams Workshop, SDN, PhotoPlus, and the Palm Springs Photo Festival.

Elizabeth has taught for the International Center of Photography, Leica, the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, CUNY, Santa Fe Workshops, The Kalish, Mountain Workshops, and La Luz. She has juried grants and competitions for W. Eugene Smith, CatchLight, the Lit List, Lenscratch, The FENCE, Pictures of the Year International, Best of Photojournalism, Getty/Instagram, the Philip Jones Griffiths Foundation, the Ian Parry Scholarship, and the RFK Journalism Awards.

Olivier Laurent

Olivier Laurent is a foreign photo editor at The Washington Post, working with the organization’s network of 27 reporters based in 19 foreign locations to offer a comprehensive international report, with a special focus on Africa, Asia and the Middle-East. He also partners with the Post’s social team on photo-driven initiatives and contributes to InSight, the Post’s photography section. In 2019, he was part of the climate team that won the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting for the 2ºC: Beyond the Limit series, which “showed with scientific clarity the dire effects of extreme temperatures on the planet.” In 2018, he coordinated the newspaper’s visual coverage of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, working with Lorenzo Tugnoli, a contract photographer with the Post. The photo essay won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography as well as a World Press Photo. He joined the Post from TIME where he was the Editor of LightBox, the magazine’s photography website. LightBox provided a window into the process of how great photographs are made, and drew attention to inspiring projects and groundbreaking work by established masters and new pioneers. Previously, he was the Associate Editor for British Journal of Photography, the world’s longest running photography magazine established in 1854, and the Editor of FLTR, the first weekly magazine on smartphone photography.

Born in France in 1980, he graduated from the American University of Paris in 2005 and immediately moved to London to pursue a career in journalism, starting in the financial sector on publications such as Dealing With Technology and Post Magazine, before joining British Journal of Photography in 2008. He is based in Washington, D.C.

Sacha Lecca

Sacha Lecca is a photographer and a photo editor. He is currently the Deputy Photo Director at Rolling Stone magazine, working with the storied magazine since 2007, preceded by stints at CMP Media, the Guggenheim Museum and Newsweek magazine.

His photography has been featured in Rolling Stone magazine, Huck magazine, Whalebone magazine, Alt Citizen, The Photographic Journal, American Photography 36, and on various album covers. He has recently appeared on Icon: Music Through The Lens, a six-part television series on the history and cultural impact of music photography, on Sky Arts in the UK (and PBS in the US) and released The Opposite of Boredom: a photo book put together pre-COVID that has taken on new meaning in life during lockdown, reflecting the longing for live performance and moments in small dark spaces; published by Peanut Press.

Photo Credit: Tim Soter

Brent Lewis

Brent is a photo editor at The New York Times working on the Home Page and breaking news desk and co-founder of Diversify.Photo.

Formerly, he was a Photo Editor at The Washington Post and the Senior Photo Editor of ESPN’s The Undefeated, where he drove the visual language of the website that is based around the intersection of sports, race, and culture. Before turning his life over to photo editing, he was a staff photojournalist with stints at The Denver Post, The Rockford Register Star and the Chillicothe Gazette.  His photos have been used by the Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, Associated Press, Forbes, and Yahoo! News.

Brent lives outside New York City with his wife, Jasmine, son, Koa, and dog, London McGillicutty. Some of his favorite photographers, just in case you were wondering, are Henri Cartier-Bresson, Gordon Parks, Eli Reed and W. Eugene Smith.

Photo Credit: Lelanie Foster 

Bec Manson of The Post Office

Bec Manson

Bec Manson is a photographic digital retoucher/artist and founder of The Post Office, a small and mighty Post Production Studio based in LA and NYC with an extensive list of commercial, editorial and fine art photographers, advertising agencies, and art galleries. Whether it’s shaping illuminated color trails with Rueben Wu on his Volkswagen campaign, supporting Guggenheim Grant recipient Jono Rotman with his deep dive into the delicate fiction of civilization and power structures in society, color grading acclaimed photojournalist Ron Haviv’s work for the Smithsonian Museum archives, or perfecting Claire Rosen’s whimsical Fantastical Feasts for NatGeo — she is a behind the screen wizard supporting creatives to achieve their highest vision for their work. Bec’s client list spans all genres from Apple to IBM, Armani to Nike, Masseratti to Harley Davidson – and global publications like The New York Times, Vogue, GQ, Esquire, Wired, Marie Claire, Harpers Bazaar, Pop, Another Magazine, Rolling Stone, and W. In 2012, Bec spoke at TEDGlobal in Edinburgh on the power and connections we have with capturing time and memories in images. Her talk was based on the program she developed from her time in Japan after the devastating tsunami in 2011 where she trained a team of local volunteers to clean virtually destroyed family photographs and galvanized a remote team for digital restoration — a program since executed following other natural disasters. Named in 2021/22 by Luerzers archive as one of the best 200 digital artists worldwide and recipient of the SXSW Dewey Winburne Community Service Award in 2012, Bec has also received recognition from PDN, Communication Arts, Graphis and the D&AD awards.

Frank Meo

Frank Meo has represented photographers for thirty years. His collaborations have produced hundreds of award-winning ad campaigns, art shows, provocative editorial content, and successful books. He has facilitated photographic productions with every major advertising agency and many Fortune 500 companies. He’s a sought-after moderator, portfolio reviewer, and curator as well as a passionate advocate of the photographic community through a variety of channels: Creative Business Workshop, where he addresses topics such as estimating, negotiation, client relationship building and retention, effective promotion, industry trends, and best practices; and PROJECTIONS, a monthly moderated event showcasing the talent of visionary photographers to an audience of creatives. Frank has consulted, collaborated, and curated numerous photographic books: Nancy Borowick’s “The Family Imprint: A Daughter’s Portrait of Love and Loss,” Tim Mantoni’s, “Behind Photographs,” and Bob Zahn’s “Slab City.” He has judged numerous photo competitions, including PDN Photo Contest, Sienna Photo Awards, Moscow Photography Awards, and Lucie Awards, and he’s been a nominator for the prestigious ICP Infinity Awards. He’s a popular speaker at learning institutions that include Syracuse University, New School, Parsons, ICP, SCAG, and SVA and for trade organizations that include ASMP, Eddie Adams Workshop, and APA.

Daylin Paul

Daylin Paul is Commissioning Editor of Photography at UNICEF and an independent photographer, writer and educator based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is the 2017 winner of the Ernest Cole Award for Photography for his ongoing documentary Broken Land

He has a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Rhodes University majoring in English Literature and Photojournalism. His clients include Médicins Sans Frontières South Africa, Amnesty International and Agence France Press.

His work has appeared in: The New York Times, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, Financial Times and Huffington Post.

Daylin is also a trainer in the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography program at the Market Photo Workshop.

Claire Rosen

Claire Rosen is an award-winning artist named twice to Forbes “30 under 30” list for Art & Design. Her work has also received recognition from Communication Arts, IPA, Graphis, PDN, Photoville Fence, and PX3 with features in Der Greif, Fast &Co, featureShoot, The Guardian, NPR, National Geographic, Refinery29, Smithsonian Magazine, Slate Magazine, and The Washington Post. Claire has constructed unique campaigns and installations for a wide range of commercial brands bridging the gap between fine art and commercial work. In addition, Claire speaks about the creative process around the world with a book on the subject, IMAGINARIUM: The Process Behind the Pictures. Claire is a brand ambassador for FujiFilm US and Hahnemühle USA.

Marcel Saba

Marcel Saba

In 2003, Marcel Saba founded Redux Pictures, an award winning New York City-based, commercial and editorial photo agency with photographers located around the world. Redux artists have photographed portraits of world leaders, CEOs, politicians, athletes and celebrities. They have documented everything from social issues such as healthcare, immigration, and poverty, to global issues such as the economy, the environment, and war. In addition, their extensive travel, food, and lifestyle photography showcases Redux as an Industry leader. As a global leader in photography, Redux pictures represents the photo collections of The New York Times Archives, and is partnered with over 25 world renowned photo collections. Regular Redux editorial clients include Afar, Forbes, Fortune, ESPN, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, GQ, GEO, Time, Newsweek, The New Yorker, Reader’s Digest, and Travel & Leisure. Commercial shoots include contemporary annual reports for Goldman Sachs, USAA, and ad campaigns for Bose, Converse, Denny’s, Glossier, PNC Bank, Siemens, Under Armour and Vans. Marcel has served on the board of the Eugene Smith Foundation, and as faculty member of the International Center of Photography.

Dave Shelley of Photoville

Dave Shelley

Dave is the Co-Founder of Photoville, a free Photography festival based in Brooklyn, New York.  Photoville is a Non-profit organization whose mission is to promote a wider understanding and increased access to the art of Photography for all. This work has produced shows for the New York Times, United Nations, Four Freedoms, National Geographic, VII, Instagram, and The Fence Exhibition which is shown in 11 North American Cities. 

Over his career, he has produced numerous commercials, print photography, short films and theatrical events as well as  concerts, plays and stadium shows, (The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Eminem) as managed productions for the artist Matthew Barney, Professor Stephen Hawking, The Tribeca Film Festival, The World Science Festival, Vagina Monologues, and charities including The Red Cross and Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

During the last Decade, Dave has presented Photography seminars at Grand Valley State, and served as a reviewer at The New York Times, Exposure Festival, Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards, International Center of Photography, Houston FotoFest, ASMP and WNYC. He has served on various boards/foundations including The American Society of Media Photographers, United Photo Industries, Dumbo Bid, and The Plant Ant Theater Company. 

Elodie Mailliet Storm of CatchLight.

Elodie Mailliet Storm

Elodie Mailliet Storm brings a rich and diverse background to visual storytelling as CEO of CatchLight, an innovative nonprofit based in San Francisco dedicated to fostering a better and more empathetic understanding of the world through visual storytelling. Previously, she held leadership positions in both content and business development at Getty Images. She was most recently Senior Director for Strategic Development, in charge of partnerships with Google, Pinterest, Airbnb, and Instagram.

In 2016, she was awarded the prestigious JSK Fellowship in media innovation at Stanford University, where she researched the monetization of photography in the age of social media and search platforms.

American Photo named her one of the top people in photography in 2005.

She is the author of numerous essays as well as two books: one2one, published by TeNeues and Kant In Between Hope and Despair, published by L’Harmattan.

Mikko Takkunen, International Photo Editor, The New York Times

Mikko Takkunen

Mikko Takkunen is a photo editor on The New York Times’s International desk based in New York City. Before returning to the US in the fall of 2021, he spent the previous five years as the New York Times’ Asia photo editor in Hong Kong. Before joining the Times in 2015, Mikko was the International Photo Editor at Time.com. Originally from Finland, he lived in the UK for over 10 years where he completed two university degrees and later worked as a freelance photographer in London. While Mikko was studying Photojournalism in Wales, he attended the inaugural Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in Mexico City.

Photo Credit: Earl Wilson, The New York Times

Andrea Wise

Andrea Wise, co-founder of Diversify Photo and visuals editor for ProPublica, is an interdisciplinary visual editor and art director with 10 years of experience leveraging photography, illustration, animation, collage, audio, and video. As co-founder of Diversify Photo, she is also passionately committed to improving equity and access in visual media by creating hiring resources for editors, as well as community building, professional development, and funding opportunities for our global network of nonwestern and BIPOC photographers and visual producers. 

Before joining ProPublica, she was a contract photo editor on the history & culture desk at National Geographic and also worked with Newsweek, BuzzFeed News, The Intercept, and Open Society Foundations, among others. I have spoken and coached workshops at Syracuse University, The University of Oregon, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and Western Kentucky University. She has juried competitions for the Overseas Press Club, Getty Images, The Connecticut Art Directors Club, American Illustration – American Photography, and the Society of Professional Journalists. Her work has been recognized by the National Press Photographers Association, Society for News Design, American Photography, American Illustration, The Telly Awards, College Photographer of the Year, and The Student Academy Awards.

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