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.
Her passion for working with nonprofits led her to documentary coverage of humanitarian and health crisis in Africa, North and South America, and the Middle East…
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…Her clients included organizations such as Doctors Without Borders, The Calvert Foundation, The Global Fund, and Physicians for Human Rights among others.
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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.
From the Los Angeles Times, to National Geographic Magazine to Brooks Institute, Gail Fisher’s main focus as a senior photo editor, photojournalist, digital journalist, producer, teacher, has been in-depth story telling for broadcast, internet and social media.
In 2015, Fisher started her own business, Gail Fisher Media, photographing projects for editorial, educational, corporate and NGOs, as well as photo editing book projects and portfolios. Among her clients is ESPN, in which she has been doing in-depth story telling behind the scenes of athletes.
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After an illustrious career in journalism as a photojournalist and photo editor, she joined Brooks Institute of Ventura as Department Chair of the School of Film and Communication in 2011. Fisher is also a former senior photo editor of National Geographic magazine, and senior editor, special projects for the Los Angeles Times. As a photojournalist, Fisher traveled extensively throughout Asia, Middle East, Eastern Europe, Africa, South and Central America, covering social issues and documenting the human condition.
Fisher’s editing skills and photographs have been recognized internationally with numerous awards, as well as invitations to judge contests, teach and lecture. In 2009, Pictures of the Year International awarded her Magazine Photo Editor of the year and in 2007, she was recognized Best of Photojournalism Newspaper Picture Editor of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association. In 2006, the Los Angeles Times was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Journalism, for a project that Fisher photo edited. And, in 2005, she was part of the Los Angeles Times team that received the Pulitzer Public Service award.
Other accomplishments as a photojournalist include receiving the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for outstanding coverage of the disadvantaged, the Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism, and the Harry Chapin World Hunger Award. She received the Community Awareness Award from the National Press Photographers Pictures of the Year in 1996 and again in 2002.
A native of Akron, Ohio, Fisher earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Miami University of Ohio, and she holds a Master of Arts in Visual Communication from Ohio University. You can see Gail’s portfolio at GailFisherMedia.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!
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.
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.
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.
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