Meet our Photography Gurus!Our team is selected for the best instructors, first and foremost. All are uniquely qualified for the workshops they lead with us.
Jamie Rose is a co-owner of Momenta Group LLC. She has worked as an international photojournalist on five continents and has been a contract photographer and communication strategist with some of the world’s largest nonprofit organizations.
In 2011, Jamie was awarded the United Nations’ IPC’s Photographers Leadership Award. She has also won awards and grants for her documentary and nonprofit work including from…
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…The Alexia Foundation, and the prestigious White House News Photographers’ Association Project Grant for her portfolio of nonprofit work from Africa. Jamie received her Master’s Degree in photojournalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University and her bachelor’s degree from American University. She completed her Master’s thesis photographing volunteer health care workers in the West Bank and Israel. This project established her passion for working with nonprofits and covering humanitarian issues, while earning her a place in the prestigious agency team at Aurora Novus.
Her work has been published in National Geographic Books, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, O Magazine, Rolling Stone, Better Homes and Gardens, Newsweek, TIME Magazine and others. Her nonprofit clients include The Global Fund, Doctors Without Borders, The Calvert Foundation and Physicians for Human Rights among many other local and domestic organizations. Her photo editing skills were rewarded when she was asked to be the lead photo editor National Geographic’s “American Heroes” book.
Jamie is considered an expert in nonprofit photography business development. She has been interviewed twice by Photo District News (PDN), News Photographer Magazine, as well as online publications and podcasts about the importance of nonprofit documentary photography. She has been a guest lecturer at Georgetown University, American University, Hiram College, Syracuse University, and Columbia University’s Journalism schools about her work with international nonprofits.
Jamie lives in the heart of the mountain in ski country with her husband and their awesome pound puppy, Cody, in Redmond, Oregon. Her personal work can be seen at http://www.jamierose.net
Annie Flanagan is one of the newest mentors at Momenta, and she’s already become a staple at the Project New Orleans workshop with her candor, great attitude, and brilliant editing.
Annie (b. 1986) is an educator, photographer, and filmmaker based in New Orleans, LA. Her work explores topics of self worth, personal narrative, gender and friendship within the documentary framework. Through film and photography, Annie works to push the boundaries of the format…
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…while exploring social issues. After completing her degree at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Annie’s work has been recognized and seen on VICE, N.P.R., The Washington Post, and The Alexia Foundation.
Annie lives for long winding roads with a camera in hand and map laid out. See Annie’s work at annieflanagan.com.
Preston Gannaway (b. 1977) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning independent documentary photographer and filmmaker. For 15 years, she has focused on intimate stories about American families and subcultures. Her story on the St. Pierre family, Remember Me, was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography.
Gannaway’s foundation in community photojournalism came from spending 12 years as a staff photojournalist for newspapers throughout the United States.…
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…Her work has been honored by Pictures of the Year International, NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism, Critical Mass, American Photography and Communication Arts. She’s been supported by grants from the Chris Hondros Fund Award, Documentary Project Fund and NPPA.
A native of North Carolina, Gannaway’s photographs have been exhibited around the world. She is a regular lecturer and has served as guest faculty in a variety of educational workshops.
Gannaway is based in Oakland, California, shooting editorial assignments for clients such as the New York Times, Mother Jones and AARP while also pursuing long-term projects. Her first book, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, was just released. See Gannaway’s work at prestongannaway.com.
Dotan Saguy was born in a small kibbutz five miles south of Israel’s Lebanese border. Dotan grew up in a diverse Parisian suburb, lived in Lower Manhattan during 9/11, and moved to Los Angeles in 2003.
Dotan’s work has been published by National Geographic, PDN, Leica Fotografie International, ABC News, has been exhibited in several galleries across Los Angeles and was awarded 1st place photo story from the nationwide Journalism Association of Community Colleges in 2016 and an honorable mention in the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Award 2016…
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In 2015, Dotan decided to focus on his lifelong passion for photography after a successful career as a high-tech entrepreneur. He is currently working on several long-term projects including an in-depth photo essay about the culture of Venice Beach and a photo documentary about the journey of people coming out of homelessness. Dotan lives in West Los Angeles with his wife and two children. You can see his work at http://www.dotansaguy.com.
Three time Pulitzer Prize nominee Eva Russo is a former staff photographer for the Richmond Times-Dispatch and currently runs the incredibly successful Photo Lady Love, Inc. studios outside of Washington, DC. She was born and raised in Italy, lived for a long period of time in France, and then settled in the United States. A graduate in photojournalism from the prestigious Newhouse School at Syracuse University, Eva uses photography, video, and audio in her photographic storytelling for clients.
Eva received two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize for her two-year-long project documenting living…
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…and working conditions in the Richmond City Jail. Her work focused on the daily life and struggles of the inmates as well as mental health and recidivism issues. Her third nomination came from a piece she created on a Momenta Workshop covering Vietnamese immigrants recovering from Hurricane Katrina.
She has covered daily assignments ranging from little league games to political campaigns to the Queen of England’s visit to Virginia. However, her passion for social documentary projects are what make her tick. Her accolades and award winning coverage for the paper include coverage of the Winter Olympics, the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shootings, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi, the 2009 Presidential Inauguration and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
Her work has been published in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Dallas Morning News among others and she has won numerous regional and national accolades for her documentary work.
We first worked with Eva as a student on our Project Uganda workshop where she documented AIDS clinics and communities in the war ravaged Northern territories. Her dedication for documentary humanitarian nonprofit stories lead us to offer her a position with Momenta. We are elated to have Eva join our team of instructors and she is one of our most popular faculty members to date. See Eva’s work at http://evarussophotography.com and https://photoladylove.wordpress.com.
Matt Rose is an ex-Corporate suit, ex-Bartender, former United States Marine, Road Warrior, World Traveler, Image Maker, and Storyteller. His photographic goals are to change perspectives by documenting and adding to the human narrative. Matt is a graduate of The Corcoran College of Art+Design with a BFA in Photojournalism and currently enrolled in the Master of Arts program at Cal-State Northridge with a focus on Photography/Photojournalism…
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Matt’s clients include Ghost Group Media, Beacon Media, Momenta Creative, Viacom, ClockShop, OutFest, Associated Press, and Griffith Park Productions. Matt is currently working on a body of work about people and their fetish and is very close to achieving the perfect pie crust. Follow Matt on Instagram at @mattrosephotography.
For the last decade, Jaime Windon has been on a whirlwind path to success. From Africa to India to South America and all over the US, Jaime has not stopped moving since she burst onto the photography scene.
With a degree in journalism and philosophy, Jaime began her career in journalism as a writer. Once her passion for photography was discovered, she began working in Washington, DC covering politics for The Hill newspaper. In addition to her daily newspaper assignments, she found…
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…herself at red carpet events, star-studded parties and black tie affairs with socialites for Washington fashion and life magazines. However, her passion for stories with more depth led her into the lives and homes of everyday people.
Soon, she realized she preferred people to politics and wedding parties to political parties. Jaime started her own business, Blonde Photo, and, in just a few years, Jaime became one of the most sought after wedding photographers in the region. Her fun-loving nature and endless energy was perfectly suited for the field.
As her clients spread the word and her demand increased, Jaime branched out into the international destination wedding industry. Her weddings have taken her from DC to Europe to Africa to Mexico and everywhere in between. Never one to rest on her laurels, she founded The Blonde Creative to promote and share amazing talent across all mediums of art including photography, design, art, fashion and more.
While her US and destination weddings fed one side of her creative soul, Jaime discovered a passion for nonprofit photography and used this to document social and humanitarian issues that were important to her. Her passion lead to clients like Children’s National Medical Center and LeadingAge as well as personal projects like sustainable fishing on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Today, Jaime spreads her time between photographing for clients, documenting nonprofits and volunteering as an instructor with groups like Critical Exposure and Higher Achievement. This love for teaching photography and encouraging aspiring professionals makes her an ideal Momenta instructor. Her vivacious personality and gifted talent has made her a popular and inspiring team member! See Jamie’s portfolio at http://theblondephotographer.com.
Meet Our Instructor Alumni
Jeff Hutchens was born in Lansing, Michigan in 1978. The son of an American diplomat, he spent his childhood throughout the U.S. and across China, South Africa, and the Philippines. Jeff has shot professionally on six continents, where he’s faced grizzly bears, lava floes, Komodo dragons, and all manner of corrupt officials.
From work on the surreality of life in China, to documenting underground epidemics in the jungles of central Africa, and photographing polar bears in the Arctic…
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…Circle, he captures images that convey transcendent moods and subtle beauty.
Jeff was recognized as one of PDN’s 30 (2009) and has won multiple awards in the World Press Photo competition, National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Best Of Photojournalism competition, Pictures Of The Year (POYi) and Communication Arts (CA). Additionally, Jeff and his filmmaker brother Peter are the subject of a six-part travel/adventure series airing on the National Geographic Channel. The show follows them as they document far-flung regions of China through their respective lenses.
Jeff is represented by Reportage by Getty Images and Orchard Represents. He lives in Washington, D.C. when not on assignment. See Jeff’s portfolio at http://jeffhutchens.com.
Pulitzer Prize Finalist, award-winning video and multimedia journalist Whitney Shefte works on staff at The Washington Post. As an expert in Final Cut Pro and multimedia production, Whitney joined the Momenta team in 2010 as a video and multimedia instructor and coach.
Whitney’s documentary storytelling work covers a wide range of breaking and feature news from the AIDS crisis in Washington, D.C. to traumatic brain injury in the military to documenting daily life in India. Her award winning pieces…
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…including Sacred Ground, A Guide to Nationals Park, and A House for Healing, have won recognition from the National Press Photographer Association (NPPA) and White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA). Her work as a multimedia journalist for The Healing Fields was nominated for an Emmy award in 2009.
Using multiple aspects of her journalism training, Whitney pitches, researches, shoots, reports, edits and produces multimedia stories for the Washington Post’s digital and print outlets. Whitney also experiments with motion graphics and digital music composition in her multimedia production in addition to using multiple storytelling platforms of video, photography, audio and writing.
Whitney is active in the professional community locally and nationally. She serves on the Video and New Media committees for WHNPA, she volunteers for VisionWorkshops teaching photography to children and she is actively involved with the nonprofit organization WPOW: Women Photojournalists of Washington.
Originally from North Carolina, she is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. When she’s not traveling on assignment, Whitney lives in Washington, DC. See Whitney’s website blog at http://whitneyshefte.blogspot.com.
John W. Poole
John W. Poole is a video producer for NPR and was a lead instructor on our Memorial Day Multimedia Workshop in 2009 and on our roster of Private Tutoring: Multimedia instructors. John’s work has brought him to two national Emmy nominations for the NPR Music series ‘Project Song’ and one for an investigative series on traumatic brain injury.
Over his 15-year career, Poole has covered a range of subjects, including national elections in South Africa and the United States, the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks…
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…and their aftermath, the effects of global climate change, and conservation issues in Peru and Namibia.
Poole was part of a small team of visual journalists who developed the documentary video department at The Washington Post in 1998. That work was recognized with the first-ever Edward R. Murrow award for multimedia journalism in 2004 and his feature story about violinist Joshua Bell contributed to a Pulitzer Prize in 2008.
The White House News Photographers Association has honored Poole with more than 20 awards for his work, including the 2005 Video Editor of the Year. His film, “The Sheriff of Gay Washington,” produced for The Washington Post, screened in festivals across the country and was optioned by HBO Documentary Films in 2006.
John’s expertise and great teaching style make him a valuable member of the Momenta family!
Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Chris Usher graduated from Indiana University at Bloomington with a degree in Journalism. Usher spent several years as a newspaper photographer before going freelance and moving to Washington, DC in 1990.
Since then Usher’s images have appeared in numerous domestic and international publications including TIME, LIFE, Newsweek, US News & World Report, Sports Illustrated, People, Fortune, Forbes, BusinessWeek, L’Express…
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…Der Spiegel, Stern, VSD, and Globus. Throughout his career, Usher has received numerous awards for his photography: Indiana College Photographer of the Year, the William Randolph Hearst Photojournalism Championship, POY, WHNPA, CHIPP, and an Eisenstaedt Award for his unique and controversial depiction of Clinton’s post-acquittal speech. His award-winning photos have most recently been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
Both of his last two personal projects, One of Us, a three-year photo-documentary project begun on the day Hurricane Katrina made landfall in the Gulf Coast, and Behind the Velvet Rope, Usher’s documentation of behind-the-scenes moments at the White House, are now traveling exhibitions and books.
Currently, Usher is immersed in wet plate and other alternative photographic processes. When he isn’t working on assignments or projects, Chris would rather be fly-fishing in Montana. See Chris’ portfolio at http://chrisusher.com.
T.J. Kirkpatrick is an award-winning documentary photographer and multimedia producer based in Washington, D.C. He enjoys sharing the stories of those he meets, and is driven to leverage the power of photography to aid humanitarian causes and spark social development.
In the course of working in various states across the U.S., as well as working internationally, T.J. has come to understand that people around the world have much in common. It is his firm belief that despite humanity’s ugly side…
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…average and everyday individuals have a great capacity for kindness. T.J. holds a B.S. in Photojournalism from Boston University and he was a student at the Eddie Adams Workshop XXII in 2009. In the course of his career, T.J. has worked in East Africa, at national news organizations and a variety of newspapers, and at VII Photo Agency. His still photography from the U.S. and from the Democratic Republic of Congo has been recognized by the National Press Photographers Association, New York Photo Festival, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar. T.J.’s multimedia coverage of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill was awarded in the National Press Photographers Association Northern Short Course competition.
T.J.’s work has appeared in Time Online, L’Express, Le Monde, MSNBC, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe and the Washington Post, among others.
When he’s not behind a camera, T.J. can be found on a bicycle saddle or experimenting in the kitchen. View T.J.’s portfolio at http://www.tjkphoto.com.
David Alan Harvey
At age twelve, Virginia native David Alan Harvey purchased a used Leica with newspaper route money and began photographing his family and neighborhood. At twenty, he lived with and photographed a black family in Norfolk, Virginia, producing his first published book, “Tell It Like It Is”, in 1966.
Since then, David has shot over forty essays for National Geographic Magazine and his work has appeared in many magazines, anthologies, and exhibitions…
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Harvey has published two books, “Cuba” and “Divided Soul”, both based on his extensive work of the Spanish cultural migration into the Americas. His latest book “Living Proof” documents David’s intense journey into the world of hip-hop culture. Harvey’s next book project is “Off For A Family Drive”, from his self-initiated cross-country exploration of American families.
David joined Magnum Photos in 1993. He currently lives in New York. In the winter of 2008, David launched Burn Magazine as a new online photographic journal for emerging photographers. In his effort to lend support for young photographers and as part of his ongoing mentoring philosophy, he has raised independent financing to offer in 2009 a $10,000 grant from his Emerging Photographer Fund, a nonprofit wing of the Magnum Cultural Foundation.
Justin Maxon was born in the woods of Northern California in the same hometown as our company founder Chris Anderson. However, they didn’t meet until years later in professional circles.
We are so thrilled to have Justin on our team. He is, without a doubt, one of the biggest rising stars in photojournalism today. His award count rivals those who have been in the industry for decades. His accolades include awards from World Press Photo, UNICEF Images of the Year, POYi, and NPPA’s…
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…Best of Photojournalism. He won the Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year at the 2008 Lucie Awards. In the same year he was named one of PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers to Watch.
In 2010, he was selected from an international group of applicants to participate in the 2010 Joop Swart Masterclass. Likewise, he received the 2010 FotoVisura Photography Grant and was awarded the prestigious Cliff Edom “New America Award” from the National Press Photographers Association for his work on a violent, misunderstood community in urban Philadelphia.
Justin’s initial interest in photography blossomed when he worked as a wilderness trail crew leader for a youth corps in the deeps woods of Idaho, Washington and Oregon.Today his work explores the complex link between human struggle and perseverance.
Justin’s feature assignments have graced the pages of TIME, Newsweek, Mother Jones Magazine, Fader Magazine, AARP Bulletin, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and NPR. He spends his time criss-crossing the country on assignments but still goes back to California to gain perspective, breath the fresh air and find inspiration. See Justin’s work at http://justinmaxon.com.
For over two decades, Washington DC-based photographer and business guru John Harrington has photographed the world of politics, international travel and news. And all the while, he was negotiating and fighting for fair contracts along the way. As a leader in business practices, John was a natural fit for Momenta’s Business Series one-day workshops.
John was the 2007 recipient of the United Nations’ Leadership Award in the field of photography. His work has appeared in Time, Newsweek and Rolling Stone…
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…and his commercial clients have included Coca-Cola, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Lockheed Martin, and the National Geographic Society. Harrington has produced three commissioned books for the Smithsonian and the second edition of his book Best Business Practices for Photographers, remains a best-seller.
In the Fall of 2010 a retrospective of the first 20 years in the profession – Photographs from the Edge of Reality, revisited highlights of his career. John has lectured across the United States during events for the American Society of Media Photographers, Advertising Photographers of America, Professional Photographers of America, and the National Press Photographers Association. John concludes serving his second term as the President of the White House News Photographers Association in May of 2011.
No matter what genre or venue John is shooting in, the one constant throughout his career is a meticulous attention to the business side of photography. Whether shooting newsworthy stories, editorial, rock-n-roll, or weddings, he does not hesitate when it comes to the pricing and contracts used in your business. Whether pets or Presidents, leading ladies or lead singers, John can help you drive clients to your company and keep your businesses thriving. See John’s portfolio at http://johnharrington.com.
Before starting her freelance career, photojournalist Mary F. Calvert worked as a staff photographer at The Washington Times for eleven years. Mary’s freelance career currently has her covering the Washington, DC political arena while focusing on international, long-term photo stories related to women’s issues.
In 2008, Mary received the coveted honor of the 2008 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in International Photography for her project, Lost Daughters: Sex Selection in India.
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A two time Pulitzer Prize finalist, Mary’s photo story on fistula in Africa was a finalist for the 2007 Feature Photography category and her coverage of Rape In The Congo was a finalist in 2010. The judges commentary reflected great praise for her haunting depiction of sub-Sahara African women afflicted with fistula after childbirth: ” …her courageous work…that vividly documents how rapes, by the tens of thousands, have become a weapon of war in Congo.”
In 2008, she was awarded the White House News Photographers Association 2008 Project Grant for her photographic coverage of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She has also been awarded the Photojournalist of the Year by NPPA (Smaller Markets), First Place Portfolio Award in the White House News Photographers Association’s Eyes of History Competition, as well as accumulating many POYi, WPOW and NPPA awards.
Mary’s teaching experience includes being a featured faculty member for Western Kentucky University, The Mountain Workshops, The DC Shoot Off and NPPA’s Flying Short Course. For the last 13 years, she has been a member of the faculty for the Department of Defense Worldwide Military Photographers Workshop in Ft. Meade where she has mentored hundreds of the best of photojournalists in the armed forces.
Mary is a graduate of San Francisco State University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and an Associate of Arts degree in Fine Art Photography. She makes her home in Annapolis, Maryland, with her husband, photojournalist Joseph M. Eddins, Jr. and 19-year-old daughter, Mary Stone Eddins.
Maury began his photography career in 1956 as a U.S. Navy Photographer’s Mate. During his illustrious military career, he was a Navy diver and underwater photographer. He served in Underwater Demolition Team Eleven. With the team he served in three combat tours in Vietnam.
He was also a Naval parachutist specializing in free-fall photography and made more than 1,500 jumps. His last assignment before retiring from the Navy was as the Photo Chief at Pacific Stars and Stripes, based in Tokyo, Japan…
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While there, he and his staff took first place, runner-up and almost one-half the individual awards in Military Photographer of the Year competition for three years in a row.
Maury retired as a Chief Petty Officer in 1975 and worked as a staff photographer with the Associated Press in Boston. After spending four years with AP he became the Director of Photography for The Providence Journal in Rhode Island. After nearly eight years at the Journal he moved to Indianapolis, IN. There he worked as the Director of Photography at The Indianapolis Star for 15 years.
Chip has been a visiting photojournalism professor at Syracuse University, working with both military and civilian photojournalists for more than 30 years. Maury now resides in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York with his lovely wife Judy and continues to mentor, edit and coach young photographers through Momenta, NPPA, Military Picture of the Year competition, Eddie Adams’ Barnstorm, the Shoot Out workshops and Syracuse University’s The Fall Workshop.
Barbara L. Salisbury
Barbara L. Salisbury is the Chief Photographer at the Washington Times, based in our nation’s capital. With over a decade of political and daily news coverage, Barbara’s work covers a wide range of both national and international topics.
She regularly covers stories at the White House, on political campaigns and recently, she has begun working with nonprofits and NGOs in both the US and abroad. In late 2010, she will travel to the Middle East to complete a nonprofit multimedia documentary project. Barbara was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize…
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…in 2009 for a child labor story she produced during Momenta’s Myanmar Workshop. Barbara has won several National Press Photographers Association and Maryland Delaware DC Press Association awards for her still photography, multimedia and video pieces. She holds degrees from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Journalism and Wake Forest University.
In 2007, Barbara joined Momenta Workshops as a mentor and instructor. She excels at teaching photographers how to collect and produce multimedia storytelling pieces. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and United States exploring cultural, socioeconomic and children’s issues.
She regularly lectures at universities and professional organizations about her documentary work and was selected as featured participant of the Eddie Adams Workshop. Barbara currently resides in Northern Virginia with her husband, their baby girl and their beloved daschund, Taylor. See Barbara’s portfolio at http://barbaralsalisbury.com.
Gaston Lacombe is an award-wining photographer and filmmaker specializing in documentary narrative. Born in Canada but lived all over the world, he now calls Washington, D.C. home.
Gaston studied at the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. levels in History and holds a degree in Photography from Boston University CDIA, D.C. campus. He is usually juggling two or three long-term projects at once, along with various editorial assignments, and working with both Momenta Creative and Momenta Workshops…
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…His work has been featured in PDN Magazine, Wired Magazine, Burn Magazine, the Washington Post, the UK’s Daily Mail, Germany’s Die Welt, Italy’s Il Focus, and many others. Most notably, his photos series “Captive,” which looks at the living conditions of animals in zoos around the world, has attracted international attention. “Captive” was also a featured exhibit at Photoville in New York City in 2013.
He is currently working with Smithsonian Institution on production of a film about reviving Native-American languages. His short film from his experience in Antarctica, “Living Esperanza,” has been shown worldwide and was an official film selection for the WiLD 10 World Wilderness Congress.
He serves as the Communication Coordinator at the International League of Conservation Photographers, where he works with many of the world’s top photographers on projects and expeditions to help save the planet’s endangered places, animals and cultures. You can see his work at www.gastonlacombe.com
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