Born and raised in Chicago, Claire Beckett earned a BA in Anthropology at Kenyon College. She then worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, West Africa, before going on to earn an MFA in Photography at Mass College of Art.
She is represented by Carroll and Sons Gallery in Boston. Her photographs have been featured in solo exhibitions at Carroll and Sons, Bernard Toale Gallery, the University of Rhode Island, and the Wadsworth Atheneum and in group shows at Mass MoCA, the National Portrait Gallery, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Aperture Foundation, the Haggerty Museum, the deCordova Museum, the Photographic Resource Center, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Hendershot Gallery, FOTODOK (NL), and the Noorderlicht Festival (NL), among others. She is a recipient of an Artadia Award, a Blanche Coleman Award, and a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant, and has been artist-in-residence at Light Work. Her book dummy “Hearts and Minds” is shortlisted for the 2018 Book Dummy Award at Unseen Platform, Amsterdam.
We spoke with the first recipient of the The Military Visual Award, photojournalist Master Sgt. Michel Sauret, who has 16 years of service in the U.S. Army Reserve and a deployment to Iraq in 2008. Though not officially affiliated with the Department of Defense, the new contest is and held exclusively for military photographers. It was created by military photographers Kenny Holston, a past Military Photographer of the Year winner, and Jensen Stidham who launched the competition in 2019 to promote and reward military photographic excellence.
Staff Sgt. Kenny Holston talks about his work as an air force photographer, which won him the 2015 Military Photographer of the Year award.
Holston is a United States Air Force photojournalist and the 2015 Military Photographer of the Year. Hailing from Texas, Holston has served the Air Force for11 years. He has an extreme passion for storytelling through a variety of media platforms. He’s a motivated individual who loves to learn and push the envelope. His strengths are conflict,combat, spot news, and feature photojournalism. Instagram.