Tony Mobley‘s recent focus has been on protest and documentary photography with his work being featured by AT&T, Black Entertainment Network for their “Content for Change” campaign, The Undefeated/ESPN, Vice News, Vogue and Weed maps, “Fighters for Change”, PSA. Mobley’s portrait series, “Surviving Summer” is scheduled to run at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Sante Fe from March to September 2021.
One of his proudest projects was a commissioned assignment to document the 400thAnniversary of the 1619 Project for the National Park Service in 2019. Tony was also recognizedas one of the Top Ten Veterans in Journalism of 2020 by the Military Veterans inJournalism and most recently was featured in The Undefeated/ESPN Black Artist Series,”Redefining Blackness” for his photojournalist work on last year’s protests movement.His goals and aspirations are to one day work creatively with brand development and to continue to document stories about social justice reform and activism. He was formerly a resident “house” photographer at the historic Howard Theatre located in Washington D.C.
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.
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.
Robert Cohen’s photography career spans about 30 years, notably working at The Commercial Appeal in Memphis and now as a staff photographer at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. His series on suburban homelessness was named a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in feature photography, but he is also known for his work covering the 2014 protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after the death of Mike Brown. His image of a Edward Crawford throwing a tear gas canister away from a crowd of protesters is now an icon of the times, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch photo staff was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography for its coverage of the protests.
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.