“I think we have seen the images of needles searching for veins and people in very sad circumstances, living on the streets or prostituting. Some call this ‘needle porn.’ I don’t have any pictures to add to that sort of reporting,”-Julia Rendleman, from her series ‘A Daily Fight For Control’ featured on The Marshall Project
Julia Rendleman is a freelance photojournalist based in Richmond, Virginia. She has received two grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting – one for a video story about the effects global economics have on Jamaican farmers and another for a photo essay about Bhutanese refugees living in Nepal. In 2010, she was named a Getty Images Emerging Talent Photographer. That same year she received a Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography for a story about a women’s prison in southern Illinois. Julia contributes to The Washington Post, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, VICE and others. She is listed with other great photographers at Women Photograph.
Peter Manseau, author of the book The Apparitionists talks to us about the history of William Mumler, the founder of so-called spirit photography and the manipulation of photographs during the American Civil War. Manseau’s book is sprinkled with the showmanship of P.T. Barnum, and ends with Mumler’s most famous client (you’ll have to read the book).
This Ep. continues to look a the #MeToo movement in photojournalism with Vox’s Kainaz Amaria. Her piece can be read here.
As Vox Visuals Editor, Kainaz runs an interdisciplinary team specializing in graphics, interactives, photography, data and design. Previously, she was an editor on NPR’s Visual Team. Before all the desk jobs, she was a freelance photojournalist based in Mumbai, India. Her clients included The New York Times, Vogue India, and Reuters. Prior to that, she worked for the St. Petersburg Times in Florida. In 2010, she was a Fulbright Scholar and completed a short film on the Parsi Zoroastrian community in Mumbai.
Her images and multimedia collaborations have been recognized by contests including CPOY, Women in Photojournalism, Atlanta Photojournalism Conference, the National Press Photographers’ Contest and the South Asian Journalist Association. She was named a Chips Quinn Scholar in 2007 and was a graduate teaching assistant at Ohio University.
Kainaz joined the multimedia team at National Public Radio (NPR) in December 2011, and is currently based in Washington, D.C.
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New York-based photojournalist Nolan Ryan Trowe discusses his work before and after an accident that left him disabled and his collaboration with Adhiambo Mitchell, who lost both legs in a car accident, as he cares for his two sons. His series on Mitchell was a feature in the New York Times Lens blog.
Kristen Chick is a freelance journalist who covers migration, women’s issues, and human rights in Europe and the Middle East. She has been published in the Washington Post, LA Times, Foreign Policy, and others.
Her explosive piece about sexual harassment in the photojournalism community for Columbia Journalism Review can be read here.
Laura Beltrán Villamizar is a photography editor and writer born in Bogotá, Colombia. She is the Projects Picture Editor for NPR, working with the organization’s growing efforts to shape their enterprise visual journalism. She is also the founder of Native – a non-profit platform dedicated to the promotion and development of visual journalists from under-represented regions and communities. Laura has written extensively on localize non-western visual journalism and photography for Nieman Reports at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism of Harvard University.
Before founding Native, she worked at the World Press Photo Foundation, where she led educational programs in Latin America and co-produced the yearly Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam.
Prior to joining World Press Photo, she was Associate Photo Editor for Revolve Magazine where she oversaw long-term features, international commissions for print and online, and curated the magazine’s emphasis on visual storytelling.
Laura has served on the jury for The Catchlight Fellowship 2018, The FENCE at Photoville in 2018, and The Sinchi Photography Competition for Indigenous and Native Photographers 2017. She was also selected for the Alexia’s Foundation Seminar: “Latin America: Stories That Drive Change” (Miami, 2017). Laura currently lives and works in Washington, D.C.
This week we talk to National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) outgoing region chair Kyle Grantham about the relevancy of such agencies, working in a small market like Delaware, covering Joe Biden, and his work as a professional photojournalist.
A. D. Coleman has published 8 books and more than 2500 essays on photography and related subjects. Formerly a columnist for the Village Voice, the New York Times, and the New York Observer, Coleman has contributed to such periodicals as ARTnews, Art On Paper, and Technology Review. His syndicated essays on mass media, new communication technologies, art, and photography have been featured in such periodicals as Juliet Art Magazine (Italy), European Photography (Germany), and Art Today (China). His work has been translated into 21 languages and published in 31 countries.
Michelle Bogre is an Associate Professor of Photography and the former Chair of the Photography Department at Parsons School of Design in New York. She is also a copyright lawyer, documentary photographer and author of two books: Photography As Activism: Images for Social Change, and Photography 4.0: A Teaching Guide for the 21st Century, both published by Focal Press, a subsidiary of Taylor and Francis. Photography as Activism was selected by Rice University in Houston, Texas as the Fall 2014 Common Reading, which is a practice of selecting one book to be read by all incoming students. Her photographs and/or writing has been published in books, including the Time-Life Annual photography series, The Family of Women, Beauty Bound, The Design Dictionary (Birkhauser Press, 2008) and photographer Trey Ratcliffe’s monograph, Light Falls like Bits. Her photographs have been featured in group shows: The Way We Work at the Lawrence O’Brien Gallery in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and Beauty Culture at the Annenberg Space for Photography in LA.
Photographer Sam Herron‘s long road to photography included going from music, to wealth, to homelessness. While homeless, Herron decided to document the world around him from the inside out. His work has appeared in the Omaha World-Herald, and his series “Street Life Chronicles,” was on display at the Creighton University’s Skutt Center.
This week we talk to photojournalist Smita Sharma, about her work which covers India’s domestic servitude abuse, sex trafficking in Central Africa Republic, child brides in Nepal, and more. Smita Sharma is an independent photojournalist based in Delhi, Kolkata and New York. Her work primarily focusses on gender violence and human rights issues.
Her work has been published in various international publications including CNN, The Washington Post, New York Times, BBC, TIME Lightbox, The Globe and Mail, Spiegel, Channel 4, Quartz, Caravan Magazine, Newsweek, Human Rights Watch among others. Her work has been screened and exhibited in various countries including USA, India, Cambodia, Myanmar, South Korea, France, UK and Saudi Arabia.
Photojournalist and Iraq War veteran Michael A. McCoy drops in the pod to discuss shooting PTSD shooting in civilian life, and his project on black Trump supporters. His work has appeared in Time Magazine, Baltimore Sun, Petapixel, and more.
Joseph Rushmore is a freelance photojournalist currently living in Tulsa, OK. He focuses on breaking news and immersive, in depth stories. He has spent time covering Hurricane Harvey, RNC, DNC, Standing Rock, protests in St. Louis and Tulsa, the opioid crisis, environmental issues and Native sovereignty in Oklahoma, among other stories. He shoots for The Financial Times, Huffington Post, The Tulsa Voice, Sierra Magazine, Tulsa World.