Outreach Coordinator for Latin America
Federico Alegria, based in San Salvador, El Salvador, is a social scientist studying the cultural uses of photography in our everyday lives. He also writes about photography and develops documentary projects. Other photography aspects he's involved in are curation, critique, education, mentoring and reviews. In 2018, he began teaching photography, research methodology, and sociology at the university level. He has coordinated research projects that are related to both semiotic and image analysis. He also works at a sociological research lab exploring aspects of representation and memory through the use of photographs. Federico is a Ph.D candidate at "Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas" (UCA) and "Universidad Don Bosco" (UDB), and his scientific contribution aims to fill knowledge gaps about the influence that social uses of contemporary photography has upon the process of self-construction.
Communications Director, Social Documentary Network
Editor, ZEKE Magazine
Barbara Ayotte is a communications and media strategist for leading nonprofit organizations and a writer, editor and life-long human rights advocate. She currently serves as the Director of Editorial Resources at GBH, the largest producer of public media content for PBS and partner to NPR and PRX. She was the Senior Director of Strategic Communications for Management Sciences for Health, an international non-profit development organization working on global health issues in over 30 countries. Prior to that, Barbara was Director of Communications for Physicians for Human Rights and served as Communications Coordinator for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, a co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize. Barbara has a B.A. in English from Boston College.
Book Review Editor, ZEKE Magazine
Michelle Bogre, the former Chair of the Photography Department and now a Professor Emerita, Parsons School of Design, is a copyright lawyer, documentary photographer and author of four books. Photography As Activism: Images for Social Change, Photography 4.0: A Teaching Guide for the 21st Century, Documentary Photography Reconsidered: Theory, History and Practice, and The Routledge Companion to Copyright and Creativity in the 21st Century. Her writing revolves around the intersections of memory and history and how the documentary photograph will function in the 21st century. She regularly lectures about copyright and photography.
Photo Editor and Diversity Advisor
Lisa DuBois is a New York-based ethnographic photojournalist and curator. Her work focuses on subcultures within mainstream society. Her widely collected work on Black subculture in New Orleans is a demonstration of her deep love for history and tradition. She has exhibited her work both internationally and domestically, including at the Schomburg Cultural Center for Research in Black Culture, and at the Gordon Parks Museum in Fort Kansas. She has been interviewed on BronxNet, Nola TV, and Singleshot about her work. Lisa received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and a degree in Metaphysical Science at the University of Metaphysics. As a freelance photographer, she has contributed to several major news publications and stock photo agencies including Getty, Post, and the Daily News. Lisa has been recognized by the Guardian and the New York Times for her work as a photographer and curator for X Gallery. Her most recent project as creative consultant and curator for ArtontheAve helped to launch the first socially distanced outdoor exhibition along Columbus Avenue in New York City . Lisa is a member of Enfoco and a contributor to Social Documentary Network and Edge of Humanity magazine. Photo of Lisa DuBois by Eduardo Duarte.
SDN Reviews Manager
Marissa Fiorucci is a freelance photographer in Boston, MA. She fell in love with photography while working in biotech. After courses at the New England School of Photography, she became the studio manager for portrait photographer, Mark Ostow, and worked on major projects including a series of portraits of the Obama Cabinet for Politico. In 2018, she completed a Magnum Intensive Documentary Photography Course at the London College of Communication. She specializes in corporate portraits and events, but remains passionate about documentary.
Writer, ZEKE Magazine
Caterina Clerici is an Italian freelance journalist and producer based in New York. She was awarded three Innovation in Development Reporting Grants from the European Journalism Centre for her multimedia work in Haiti, Ghana and Rwanda, published in TIME, The Guardian, Al Jazeera English and Marie Claire, among others. She worked as a freelance photo editor and producer for VR at TIME, and as an executive video producer at Blink.la.
Founder and Director, Social Documentary Network
Executive Editor, ZEKE Magazine
Glenn Ruga is a photographer, graphic designer and curator. He founded the Social Documentary Network (SDN) in 2008 as a web platform for a global community of documentary photographers to present their work online. As a photographer, he has created traveling and online documentary exhibits on the struggle for a multicultural future in Bosnia, the war and aftermath in Kosovo, and on an immigrant community in Holyoke, Mass.
In 2015, Ruga launched ZEKE: The Magazine of Global Documentary, a print and digital magazine presenting the best stories from the Social Documentary Network.
In 2012, Ruga was one of three curators of the New York Photo Festival where he curated three exhibitions including work by Bruce Davidson, Platon, and Eugene Richards, Reza, and Lori Grinker.
From 2010-2013, Ruga was the Executive Director of the Photographic Resource Center (PRC) at Boston University. He curated numerous exhibitions while at the PRC including "Global Health in Focus" featuring work by Kristen Ashburn, Dominic Chavez, and David Rochkind. Ruga is also the former Publisher and Art Director of Loupe, the magazine of the PRC.
From 1993 through 2009, Ruga was the founder and president of the Center for Balkan Development, a non-profit organization established to help stop the genocide in Bosnia and create a just and sustainable future in the former Yugoslavia.
Glenn has a B.A. in Social Theory from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and a MFA in Graphic and Advertising Design from Syracuse University.
Program Director, Visual Literacy Project
Kate Way is a photographer, filmmaker, and veteran educator whose work is largely concerned with public policy, education, and issues of social and economic justice. She holds a Ed.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture and a M.F.A. in Photography, and has taught and researched in high schools and universities for the past twenty-five years. Her specific areas of expertise include critical media literacy and the politics of K-12 public education. Kate has worked with students and prospective teachers in the United States and abroad on the development of literacy skills across mediums, and on using photography, video, and audio production to promote social change. Her own photography has been exhibited in both solo and group shows, is included in a number of private collections, and has been published in the New York Times and Mother Jones magazine. She co-directed and co-produced the 2018 documentary film G is for Gun, which was nationally broadcast on the PBS WORLD Channel. She currently lectures part-time at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and is in post-production on a second documentary film..