Documentary Advisory Committee
Bill Aguado, Bronx, NY
President, En Foco
Bill Aguado, a fixture in the Bronx since 1972, is regarded as a leading cultural and community activist. Retired in 2011 as Executive Director of the Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA), he is still called upon to lend his expertise on behalf of emerging artists, community cultural groups and community–based organizations. Through Bill’s leadership at the Bronx Council on the Arts, the arts have become a respected and valued asset in the Bronx. During his tenure from 1978 through June 2011 when he retired, funding for Bronx arts organizations and artists increased dramatically, demonstrating the importance of community arts and artists representing people of color. In 2015 Bill came out of retirement to manage En Foco as a volunteer, helping to preserve its permanent collection and mentor the next generation of organizational leadership. He initiated the En Foco Fellowship Program funding 10 artists annually at $1,000 each. In order to expand community reach, En Foco developed the Apartment Gallery Series introducing professional artists of color in local communities sponsored by local residents. He revitalized Nueva Luz, a semi-annual publication, promoting themed presentations. In order to preserve En Foco’s legacy he raised funds to digitize Nueva Luz and is committed to preserving the permanent collection.
Catherine Edelman, Chicago, IL
Director, Catherine Edelman Gallery
December 1, 2022 marked the 35-year anniversary of Catherine Edelman Gallery (CEG), a venue in Chicago showcasing contemporary fine art photography. Since its founding in 1987, the Catherine Edelman Gallery has established itself as one of the leading galleries in the country devoted to the exhibition of prominent living photographers, alongside new & rising talent, attracting both the seasoned collector and first-time buyer. The CEG web site provides a wealth of information, including artist talks, interviews with art world professionals, and extensive educational material. Catherine is an active member of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers [AIPAD] and is widely respected as a leader, educator, and specialist in the field of contemporary photography. She is also the co-founder of CASE Art Fund. a nonprofit established to raise awareness about children’s human rights through the support and exhibition of photography.
Jill Foley, Silver Spring, MD
Senior Photo Editor for National Geographic Books.
Foley is an independent photo editor based in the Washington, DC area. Currently, she edits for The New York Times. She has also edited for National Geographic Books and Newsstand Special Editions, AARP, Discovery Communications, Smithsonian Magazine, and Education Week. She is a graduate of Boston University's Masters in Photojournalism program, an alum of The Kalish Visual Editing Workshop, and is a member of Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW)..
Lori Grinker, New York, NY
Educator, Independent Photographer
Lori Grinker began her photographic career in 1981 while a student at Parsons School of Design when Inside Sports published her photo-essay about a young boxer as its cover story. During that time she met another young boxer, 13 year-old Mike Tyson, who she documented for the following decade. Since then, in addition to her reportage of events such as the destruction of the World Trade Center, she has delved into several long-term projects, and published two books: The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (Jewish Publication Society, 1989, 6 editions), and Afterwar: Veterans from a World in Conflict (de.MO, 2004).
Published in major magazines, her work has earned international recognition, garnering a World Press Photo Foundation Prize, an Open Society Institute Distribution grant, a W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund fellowship, the Ernst Hass Grant, The Santa Fe Center for Photography Project Grant, and a Hasselblad Foundation Grant, among others. Her photographs have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions around the world and are in many private and museum collections including: The International Center of Photography (ICP), The Jewish Museum in New York City, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Between editorial assignments, commercial jobs (represented by MEO Represents), and personal projects, Grinker lectures, teaches workshops, and is on the faculty of the ICP in New York City. She is represented by the Nailya Alexander Gallery in New York and has been a member of Contact Press Images since 1988. www.lorigrinker.com
Michael Itkoff, Bronx, NY
Co-founder, Daylight Books
Michael Itkoff is a publisher, creative consultant and former Chief Content Officer at Britelite Immersive. Michael Cofounded the internationally-celebrated art book publishing house, Daylight as well as content experience platform, Fabl. For nearly twenty years, Michael has been a leader in publishing both digital and print media. Along the way, Michael has written for the NYTimes Lens blog, Art Asia Pacific, Nueva Luz, Conscientious blog and the Forward. Michael’s photographic and video work is in public and private collections in the United States and his work has appeared on the covers of Orion, Katalog, Next City and Philadelphia Weekly. Michael was the recipient of the Howard Chapnick Grant for the Advancement of Photojournalism (2006), a Creative Artists Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Arts Council (2007), and a Puffin Foundation Grant (2008). Michael’s monograph Street Portraits was published by Charta Editions in 2009.
Lou Jones, Boston, MA
Lou Jones maintains a studio in Boston, MA, where has photographed for Fortune 500 corporations, advertising agencies, national and international companies. He has completed assignments for magazines and publishers such as Time/Life, National Geographic, Fortune and Paris Match and covered thirteen Olympic Games. Currently Lou Jones has been documenting the entire continent of Africa with his ambitious panAFRICA project. Jones has received awards from organizations such as Communication Arts Magazine, Art Directors Club of Boston, Travel Photographer of the Year, and International Photographic Council (United Nations). Nikon recognizes Jones as a "Legend Behind the Lens" and Lowepro has honored him as a "Champion". He has lectured and taught workshops all over the world including at the PhotoPlus Expo in New York City, the Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University, and Estúdio Brasil in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The first book Jones published, Final Exposure: Portraits from Death Row, earned him the Ehrmann Award from Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty.
Ed Kashi, Montclair, NJ
Educator, Independent Photographer and Filmmaker
Ed Kashi is a photojournalist, filmmaker and educator dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times.
Kashi’s images have been published and exhibited worldwide. His innovative approach to photography and filmmaking produced the Iraqi Kurdistan Flipbook. Using stills in a moving image format, this creative and thought-provoking form of visual storytelling has been shown in many film festivals and as part of a series of exhibitions on the Iraq War at The George Eastman House.
An eight-year personal project completed in 2003, Aging in America: The Years Ahead, created a traveling exhibition, an award-winning documentary film, a website and a book which was named one of the best photo books of 2003 by American Photo. Along with numerous awards, including honors from Pictures of the Year International, World Press Foundation, Communication Arts and American Photography, Kashi’s editorial assignments and personal projects have generated four books. In 2008, his latest books will be published, both by powerHouse Books; Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta and Three.
“Ed Kashi is intelligent, brave and compassionate. He always understands the nuances of his subjects. He fearlessly goes where few would venture. And he sympathetically captures the soul of each situation. Ed is one of the best of a new breed of photojournalistic artists.” David Griffin, Director of Photography, National Geographic. www.edkashi.com
Lekgetho Makola, Johannesburg, South Africa
CEO of Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria – South Africa
Lekgetho Makola is the CEO of Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria – South Africa, and the former Head of Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg. He has been part of a number of diverse visual story telling platforms and curatorial committees that included the Rencontres de Bamako in Mali, New York Times portfolio reviews, CatchLight, Thami Mnyele Arts Awards and chairing the World Press Photo Awards General Jury 2020.
His artistic philosophy is embedded in social justice and advocacy as an International Ford Foundation Fellow on Social Justice. He accumulated extensive strategic experience in arts administration and artistic programming from institutions he worked for in over two decades. These are the Durban Art Museum, Robben Island Museum, including Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. As an MFA Film student of Howard University in Washington DC, he co-founded Kali TV in 2012, an online media organization communicating experiences of Africans in the diaspora.
On his return to South African, Lekgetho founded Kgethi Images for production of moving and still Images with focus predominately on advocacy issues and heritage memories of South Africans. Lekgetho was born in GaSekhukhune – Limpopo and is a founding member of Centres of Learning for Photography in Africa. He is a proponent of diverse and inclusive visual storytelling practice and representation globally. He led the Market Photo Workshop to winning the Principal Prince Claus Award in 2018. Javett Art Centre
Mary Beth Meehan, Providence, RI
Educator, Independent Photographer
Meehan, the granddaughter of immigrants to Massachusetts, has spent the past twenty-five years embedding herself in communities across the United States, combining writing, photography, and large-scale photographic installations to challenge dominant narratives and jolt people into reconsidering one another. Her large-scale portraiture installation in Newnan, Georgia, was featured on the front page of the Sunday New York Times on Martin Luther King weekend in 2020, and included an in-depth article on how the project helped to shift perceptions in that small town. Meehan has held residencies at Stanford, Brown, and the University of Missouri School of Journalism, has received commissions from the RISD Museum and the City of Providence, and has published and exhibited her work widely. Her first book, "Seeing Silicon Valley: Life inside a Fraying America" was published in 2021 by the University of Chicago Press. www.marybethmeehan.com/
Marie Monteleone, New York, NY
Features Assignment Photo Editor for Bloomberg News
Marie A. Monteleone is the Features Assignment Photo Editor for Bloomberg News, producing multimedia original stories for the global audience. Previously, Ms. Monteleone was the North American Deputy Photo Editor for Bloomberg News, overseeing photo and video assignments. While at Bloomberg News, she has lead the expansion and diversification of the roster of freelance photographers in North, South and Central America. Prior to Bloomberg, she worked for ABC News, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, The New York Post, and W Magazine. Ms. Monteleone has been a guest speaker at The International Center of Photography, Parsons School of Design, The Women Photograph Workshop, The Eddie Adams Workshop and Zoom Photo Festival Saguenay. She has served on the nominating committees of World Press Photo 2022 (North and Central America), World Press Photo 6x6 Global Talent Program, Diversify Photo, The Women Photograph X Getty Grant, Photoville - The Fence, and The Eddie Adams Workshop student selections. Marie Monteleone studied photography at Parsons School of Design in New York. She lives and works in New York, United States.
Molly Roberts, Washington, DC
Independent Educator and Curator
Molly Roberts is an independent visual storyteller, photography editor, curator and photography teacher living in the metropolitan Washington, DC area. Roberts was recently a Senior Photography Editor at National Geographic Magazine where she produced award winning stories on subjects featuring Archeology, History and World Culture. She led the photography department at Smithsonian Magazine for 16 years bringing recognition to the magazine as a National Press Photographers association award winning visuals team for multiple years. She recently spent an academic year at Ohio University as a Knight Fellow in the visual communications program studying, film, video, bias in the media and the history of intentional communities in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains.
Committed to the power of visual storytelling to inform and engage communities about important issues in the USA and elsewhere, Roberts created the non-profit HumanEYES USA, which helps to bring American issues into sharper focus through photography, video and art. HumanEyes uses artistic and innovative approaches to inspire informed discussion, encourage civic engagement and create solutions for pressing American issues.
Roberts also continues to lead as an advisor and board member to many photographic organizations; including Social Documentary Network, Women Photojournalists of Washington, Ripple Effect and ArtWorks Project.
She has been an invited reviewer, speaker, panelist and judge for various professional organizations and has been involved in educational photo reviews and panels.
Joseph Rodriguez, Brooklyn, NY
Joseph Rodriguez was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He began studying photography at the School of Visual Arts and went on to receive an Associate of Applied Science at New York City Technical College. In 1985 he graduated with a Photojournalism and Documentary Diploma from the International Center of Photography in New York. He went on to work for Black Star photo agency, and print and online news organizations such as National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, Newsweek, New York Magazine, Esquire, Stern, BBC News and New America Media. He has received awards and grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Artists' Fellowship, USC Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism, the Open Society Institute Justice Media Fellowship and Katrina Media Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, Mother Jones International Fund for Documentary Photography, the Alicia Patterson Fellowship Fund for Investigative Journalism and the Konstnarsnamden Stipendium. He has been awarded Pictures of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association and the University of Missouri. He is the author of Spanish Harlem, part of the “American Scene” series, by the National Museum of American Art/ D.A.P., as well as East Side Stories: Gang Life in East Los Angeles, Juvenile, Flesh Life Sex in Mexico City, Still Here: Stories After Katrina, Spanish Harlem El Barrio in the 80s, Taxi Journey Through My Windows 1977-1987. Recent exhibitions include Aperture Gallery, NY; Galerie Bene Taschen, Cologne, Germany; Reva and David Logan Gallery for Documentary Photography at the Graduate School of Journalism, Berkeley; Bronx Documentary Center; Gulf + Western Gallery, NY; Hardhitta Gallery, Cologne, Germany; Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography, University of La Verne, California; and many others. He has taught at The International Center of Photography and New York University Tisch School of the Arts, New York.
Jamel Shabazz, New York
Jamel Shabazz is best known for his iconic photographs of New York City during the 1980s. He has authored 10 monographs, and contributed to over three dozen other photography-related books. His photographs have been exhibited worldwide and his work is housed within the permanent collections of The Whitney Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, The Fashion Institute of Technology, The Gordon Parks Foundation and the Getty Museum. Over the years, Shabazz has instructed young students at the Studio Museum in Harlem’s “Expanding the Walls” project, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture “Teen Curators” program, and the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. He is also the 2018 recipient of the Gordon Parks award for his commitment to documentary photography. Shabazz is a member of the photo collective Kamoinge. As an artist his goal is to contribute to the preservation of world history and culture. Photo of Jamel Shabazz by Michael McCoy.
Nichole Sobecki, Nairobi, Kenya
Independent Photographer and Filmmaker
Nichole Sobecki is a photographer and filmmaker based in Nairobi, Kenya. She aims to create photographs and films that demand consideration for the lives of those represented – their joys, challenges, and ultimately their humanity. Nichole graduated from Tufts University with a degree in political science. She began her career in Turkey, Lebanon, and Syria, focusing on regional issues related to identity, conflict, and human rights. From 2012-2015 Nichole led Agence France-Presse’s East Africa video bureau before immersing herself in documentary photography.
The primary focus of Nichole’s work is on humanity’s fraught, intimate, and ultimately unbreakable connection to the natural world. As climate change advances, sustained photography must illuminate the complex and multifaceted problems underway, evoke the power and beauty of the world we share, and remind us all of our collective responsibility to fix what we have broken.
In 2022 Nichole was honored with an ASME Award for Cheetahs for Sale which goes inside the trafficking network helping to drain Africa of its cheetah cubs--and the efforts by Somalilanders to stop the illegal trade. In 2021 she was shortlisted for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award (LOBA) for Where Our Land Was. In 2018 she was awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights prize in new media for her images documenting Europe's response to the African migration crisis. Her work has also been recognized by Pictures of the Year, the One World Media Awards, the Alexandra Boulat Award for Photojournalism, The Magenta Foundation, and The Jacob Burns Film Center, among others. www.nicholesobecki.com/
Jamey Stillings, Santa Fe, NM
Educator, Independent Photographer
Jamey Stillings' multi-decade career spans documentary, fine art, and commissioned work. Since 2010, he has focused on renewable energy through an extended aerial photography project, Changing Perspectives: Renewable Energy & the Shifting Human Landscape. Stillings has photographed extensively over the United States, Japan, Uruguay, and Chile from helicopters and light airplanes. New US-based and international chapters of Changing Perspectives are under development.
Atacama: Renewable Energy and Mining in the High Desert of Chile, Stillings’ forthcoming book, will be published by Steidl in autumn 2023.
Stillings presents globally at photo festivals, universities, TED events, and professional conferences. His work is exhibited and published widely in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America. Recent publications include The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, Newsweek Japan, WIRED Italia, and Photoworld China. His award-winning book, The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar (Steidl, 2015), documents the Ivanpah Solar concentrated solar power plant in California’s Mojave Desert. Stillings' photographs are in private and public collections, including the United States Library of Congress; Museum of Fine Arts - Houston; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and Nevada Museum of Art. To see more photography by Jamey Stillings, please visit jameystillings.com.
Steve Walker, Stamford, CT
Educator and consultant
Steve Walker is a consultant and educator with a unique blend of experience and skills in education, non-profit management, political advocacy, and government service. As a consultant, Walker focuses on helping non-profits become more effective and efficient in achieving their goals and on helping school districts and educators better prepare their students for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century. A former US diplomat who resigned from the State Department in 1993 to protest Clinton Administration policies toward Bosnia, from 1993-8 Walker helped lead a successful campaign to raise awareness of the genocide in Bosnia and coordinate Congressional, grassroots, and other efforts to stop the genocide. He served as Director of the American Committee to Save Bosnia, the Action Council for Peace in the Balkans, and the Balkan Institute and, for over a decade, on the Board of Directors of the Center for Balkan Development. He also teaches history, economics, and foreign policy in New York. He has appeared on numerous national and international television and radio programs, including: Crossfire, Larry King Live, Nightline, The NewsHour, and CBS This Morning. He has published in numerous publications, including: The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe.
Lauren Walsh, New York, NY
Dr. Lauren Walsh, Professor at New York University and Founder and Director of the Gallatin Photojournalism Intensive, is the author of Conversations on Conflict Photography (2019) and Through the Lens: The Pandemic and Black Lives Matter (2022), co-author of Shadow of Memory (2021) on the Bosnian War, and editor of Macondo: Memories of the Colombian Conflict (2017), among other titles. She is a leading expert on the visual coverage of conflict and crisis, as well as peace journalism. She is a 2023 Fulbright Specialist in photography and ethics.
Frank Ward, Williamsburg, MA
Frank Ward is a professor of art at Holyoke Community College. In 2012, he gave workshops in Central Asia as a Cultural Envoy for the US Department of State. In 2011, he was awarded an Artist Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for his photography in the Former Soviet Union. Also in 2011, his pictures were featured in Lost in Siberia, a book of essays by Vivian Leskes.
Ward has made many trips to the former Yugoslavia under the auspices of the Friends of Bosnia, and the Center for Balkan Development. The Polaroid Foundation and ViewCamera Magazine have awarded his work in Tibet and the Rotary Foundation has funded his photography in India. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts/ New England Foundation for the Arts grant for work with the Puerto Rican community in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Ward is in the collections of several museums, exhibits internationally and holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Bard College.
Frank Ward is represented by Photo Eye Gallery in Santa Fe, NM and he blogs at fmward.wordpress.com.
Amy Yenkin, New York, NY
Independent Producer and Editor
Amy Yenkin is an independent producer and editor with 25+ years of experience in social issue documentary photography, arts and social change, philanthropy, non profit management, and strategic planning. She is currently producing a documentary film on Syrian war crimes and is also the co-director and producer of We, Women, a large social impact photo-based art project by women and gender nonconforming artists in the United States. She co-produced and edited Witnesses To War: The Children of Syria by Bassam Khabieh (Spring 2021). Amy is the former director of the Open Society Foundations’ Documentary Photography Project, a program she founded and launched in 2004. During her tenure at OSF, she exhibited and funded more than 300 photographers documenting human rights and social issues globally.