Guestagrammer of the Week: Preston Gannaway
Momenta welcomes this week’s guestagrammer, Preston Gannaway!
Current job: Documentary Photographer
Current location: Oakland, CA
Connection to Momenta: Panelist for The Business of Nonprofit Photography: San Francisco & Project San Francisco 2016 Instructor
Tell us about your journey as an image-maker and how you got to where you are today.
Wow, that’s a tough question to answer succinctly. I started as an art student, found photography and studied fine art photography in college. Then I stumbled into photojournalism. I got some jobs and moved back and forth across the country too many times to count. Then I left newspapers and rediscovered fine art photography (and art for that matter). Now I’m bouncing between the two while trying to find the perfect balance. And a story I did a few years ago won a Pulitzer. I’m probably supposed to mention that.
What stories or issues are you most passionate about covering?
Honestly, I find so many things interesting, and I become passionate about nearly all the stories I work on. To me that’s one of the greatest parts of this job – I get an insider’s perspective on so many things. But right now I’m especially drawn to stories about LGBT rights, changing neighborhoods and communities and the intersection of the natural world into urban life.
Where do you look for inspiration for your work: books, movies, authors, photographers, art, certain people?
I find a lot of inspiration and ideas from documentary films. Also I love going to museums.
What social media or news feeds do you follow regularly?
Twitter is the only social media I use naturally and regularly (surprising, I know.) I follow most of the news orgs and magazines there. Also I love NPR.
What is one passion you have outside of photography that might come as a surprise to our readers?
Bluegrass/Old Time music.
What can we expect to see next week from your “guestagramming” on our Momenta Instagram account?
I’ll be sharing work from my book, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.
#seizethemomenta, and follow @momentaworkshops on Instagram August 23 – 29 to see Preston’s powerful work!
About the author…
Manuela Marin Salcedo
Manuela Marin Salcedo is a research and development team member and content developer at Momenta Workshops. Her expertise is in visual communications and social media.