Safi Alia Shabaik's work has been about identity, persona, subculture and the humanity of all people. Her subject matter moved from the public realm to the private, when she became a caregiver for her father who was beginning to exhibit symptoms of the disease. Personality Crash: Portraits of My Father Who Suffered from Advanced Stages of Parkinson’s Disease, Dementia, and Sundowner’s Syndrome documents the final years of their life together.Read More
Sam Abell, Arthur Meyerson and George Nobechi recently shared a “buddy trip”, traveling through the heart of Japan via train. While George lives in Japan, Arthur and Sam have frequently traveled to the country on assignment and to teach workshops. However, this trip was a very personal one, which allowed these three friends to do more than photograph together, but to also share a wealth of unique cultural and personal experiences.Read More
Sara Terry is an award-winning documentary photographer and filmmaker known for her work covering post-conflict stories, and a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow for her long-term project, “Forgiveness and Conflict: Lessons from Africa.” Her first long-term post-conflict work, “Aftermath: Bosnia’s Long Road to Peace,” led her to found The Aftermath Project in 2003 on the premise that “War is Only Half the Story.” An accomplished speaker on aftermath and visual literacy issues, her lectures include a TEDx talk, “Storytelling in a Post-Journalism Word,” and several appearances at The Annenberg Space for Photography.Read More
Thomas Alleman was born and raised in Detroit, where his father was a traveling salesman and his mother was a ceramic artist. He graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in English Literature.
During a fifteen-year newspaper career, Tom was a frequent winner of distinctions from the National Press Photographer's Association, as well as being named California Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 1995 and Los Angeles Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 1996.Read More
Meryl Meisler frequented and photographed the infamous New York Discos. As a 1978 CETA Artist grant recipient, Meryl created a portfolio of photographs which explored her Jewish Identity for the American Jewish Congress. After CETA, Meryl began a 31-year career as an NYC Public School Art Teacher.Read More
An Rong Xu is a New York City-based photographer and director. Born in China and raised in New York City’s Chinatown, Xu explores the world around him through his unique cultural perspective.Read More
Louie Palu is an award-winning documentary photographer and filmmaker whose work has appeared in festivals, publications, exhibitions, and collections internationally. He is the recipient of numerous awards including two Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Grants, 2011-12 Bernard L Schwartz Fellowship with the New America Foundation and Milton Rogovin Fellowship at the University of Arizona. He is well known for his work which examines social-political issues such as human rights, conflict, and poverty.Read More
BRIAN “B+” CROSS is one of the most prominent music photographers working today. He has photographed many album covers for artists such as Damian Marley, David Axelrod, DJ Shadow, Flying Lotus, Eazy-E, J Dilla, Jurassic 5, Rza, Company Flow, Madlib, Dilated Peoples, Mos Def, Thundercat, Kamasi Washington and Q-Tip. Cross was the director of photography for the Academy Award–nominated documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop, and he has made several feature-length music films (Keepintime, Brasilintime and Timeless) and many music videos.Read More
Born in Brooklyn in 1968, Sasha Waters Freyer makes non-fiction films about outsiders, misfits, and everyday radicals. Trained in photography and the documentary tradition, she fuses original and found footage in 16mm film and digital media. Most recently, she has crafted lyrical explorations of motherhood, documentaries on the New York of her youth, and essay films on the cultural and political legacies of the late 20th century. Her newest work is a feature documentary on American photographer Garry Winogrand. The film titled Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable will air on PBS American Masters in 2019.Read More
Gerald Cyrus was born in 1957 in Los Angeles, CA and began photographing there in 1984. In 1990 he moved to New York City and obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in 1992. While at SVA, he also interned at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture under the supervision of Deborah Willis. During his time in New York, Cyrus photographed regularly on the streets of Manhattan, Harlem and Brooklyn, and in 1994, he started frequenting the nightclubs in Harlem and photographed the vibrant music scene in that historic neighborhood for over six years. The resulting body of work, entitled “Stormy Monday”, was published as a book in 2008.Read More
Melissa Spitz (b.1988) is a working artist from St. Louis, Missouri, who currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA from the University of Missouri - Columbia and her MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Melissa was recently named Instagram Photographer of 2017 by TIME Magazine. Her work has been featured by the Aperture Foundation, TIME Magazine, VICE, The Huffington Post, The Magenta Foundation and other publications.Read More
Nicholas Pinto (b. 1979) is an Italian-American photographer based in Chicago, IL.
As a street and documentary photographer, his work explores topics of cultural and social awareness, poverty, and mental health issues. Capturing moments in time as a visual story-teller Pinto uses these projects to shine a light on the difficulties of living, and to give a face to it that many don’t see.Read More
Photographers Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb have the past three decades not only been husband and wife but frequent collaborators. They have shared a life together and well as a passion for numerous subjects, which eventually were published in books including Violet Isle and Memory City.Read More
Ira Block is an internationally renowned photographer, teacher, and lecturer who has produced over 30 stories for the National Geographic Magazine. He has led National Geographic Photo Workshops, Expeditions, and private workshops to Mongolia, Bhutan, Cuba, and Tibet where students learn about culture and photographic vision. His documentary photography work is balanced by a stable of commercial clients for whom he shoots portraits and corporate branding.Read More
Fadi Boukaram was born and raised in Beirut and never wanted to be a photographer. Growing up in a war-torn country, photos often were -- and still are -- the only remnant of the many people who don't exist anymore. These people unwittingly became mythical, for each photo of them hid fantastical stories that only the adults lived and told; it was magic.Read More
I am currently in San Fransisco attending StreetFoto SF where I am participating in a panel as well as teaching a 2-Day street photography workshop. While here, I am taking advantage of one of the world's most beautiful cities.
Though it is only a short flight from Los Angeles, I do not make it up here often enough, which is unfortunate. This city is awash with great culture, people, and food, but also an abundance of great scenes for street photography.Read More