Brandon Soderberg is not a photographer but he is a journalist and an open drug user and he came on the show to discuss the problems with “opioid crisis” photography and in general, how the media covers heroin users. Soderberg is a journalist based in Baltimore, Maryland who covers crime, drugs, and police. He is a former staffer at Spin, the former editor in chief of Baltimore City Paper and the co-founder of the short-lived Baltimore Beat. He has contributed to The Appeal, FACT Magazine, Pitchfork, Vice, Village Voice, and Washington City Paper, among other publications. He currently reviews cannabis for the Colorado Springs Independent and is writing I’ve Got A Monster, a book about the Baltimore police department’s Gun Trace Task Force scandal for St. Martin’s Press with his co-writer Baynard Woods. His most recent stories have been about a spy plane in Baltimore, a brutal police beating, and Johns Hopkins University students’ “disorientation guide.” He believes all drugs should be legal and loves dogs.
“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.
In our first Field Notes episode, we leave the studio and interview photojournalism seniors from the Baltimore School For The Arts who sat down for a candid talk about the future of the industry.
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.
This week we talk with prolific documentary photographer Daniella Zalcman about her insight into colonialism in the United States, as well as her role as founder of Women Photograph, a project elevating the visions of women and non-binary photographers world wide.
Daniella Zalcman is a documentary photographer based in London and New York, whos work focuses on the legacies of colonization, from the rise of homophobia in East Africa to the forced assimilation education of indigenous children in North America. She has received the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grant, is a fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation, and the founder of Women Photograph.
This week we talk with Gabe Dinsmoor, one of the cinematographers of the just released HBO film Baltimore Rising , a documentary following several activist and police officers during and after the 2015 uprising that took place in the city.
Gabe Dinsmoor is a cinematographer, photographers and producer from Baltimore, MD. In October 2015, Gabe began helping film a feature documentary for HBO called Baltimore Rising about the death of Freddie Gray and the Baltimore Uprising. He has worked as a camera op on The Keepers, a Netflix docu-series that explores the unsolved murder of the nun Sister Cathy Cesnik, and co-directed and shot a documentary titled Pyne Poynt about a little league coached by ex-convicts in Camden, NJ, America’s most dangerous and poorest city.
Speaking to justice and uplifting voices of community through photography with Tanya Garcia.
Tanya Garcia is an artist, curator, educator, and organizer based in Baltimore whose media include photography, video, installation. Garcia works artistically with communities to create spaces for dialogue around identity and social difference. In 2012, Garcia received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the College of Charleston in South Carolina and subsequently pursued and received her MFA in Community Arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014. From there she became the first Creative Alliance Community Art Fellow supported by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. During the fellowship, Garcia curated eight artists and made documentary work for the traveling exhibit Despues de la Frontera | After the Border, honoring the stories of unaccompanied immigrant youth and families who fled their homes in Central America. Currently, Garcia is the co-founder of HYRSTERIA Zine, a publication with artistic and literary contributions from Baltimore and beyond with a focus on social difference. She is an instructor for Wide Angle Youth Media and adjunct at Maryland Institute College of Art.
What does it mean to work as a team- and to give your subject a direct hand in making their image? Gabriella and Mark discuss working with incarcerated women, and the collaborative relationships that they have formed.
Gabriela Bulisova and Mark Isaac are documentary photographers based in Washington, DC. For the past seven years, Bulisova and Isaac have collaborated on projects focused on mass incarceration. Their current work highlights the criminalization of mental illness and the trauma to prison pipeline for women who have experienced abuse. Bulisova and Isaac will be spending the coming year in Ukraine, working on projects supported by a Fulbright grant.
What does it mean to rediscover your hometown through photography? How can photography be effectively used as a tool for activism? Shan discusses how she uses imagery to redirect a narrative of Baltimore and it’s people.
Shan is an award-winning photographer, writer, and freedom fighter from East Baltimore. Merging her journalism degree from Bowie State University with her love for photography, Shan’s work focuses on the experiences, identities and struggles of black life. Instagram.
Discussing the ever-changing industry of newspaper journalism, and advocating for people with disabilities through photography with Jennifer Bishop.
Bishop is Baltimore based photojournalist and portrait photographer with more than 35 years of experience shooting all over the world. She was the first photographer for the Baltimore City Paper, which began publishing in 1977. She also writes and photographs for projects that advocate for people with disabilities.