Three up and coming NY photographers showed us creative ways to develop projects with non-profits, use their skills to give back, and make the world a better place.
Brooklyn-based German photographer KATJA HEINEMANN produces photo essays, new media stories and portraiture for editorial, commercial and institutional clients in the U.S. and abroad. She is represented by Aurora Select photo agency. Katja's web documentary The Graying of AIDS explores via interviews, video and portraiture how people with HIV/AIDS age in the US. Initially produced for Time.com, it is currently being developed into a national Public Health campaign with funding from an OSI Documentary Photography Distribution Grant. Together with a previous multi-media essay on pediatric AIDS, this project illustrates how a personal body of work can expand from and editorial concept into advocacy and education via web-based media, books, print, DVDs, and traveling exhibitions.
A child of Cuban and Colombian immigrants, George Del Barrio was born in Queens, NY in 1976. He is the President & Founder of The Vanderbilt Republic, a creative agency specializing in the conception and execution of effective, monumental ideas.
With their current partner organization, CAMBODIAN LIVING ARTS (CLA), Del Barrio raised $50,000 on KICKSTARTER, took a photo / video crew to Cambodia for six weeks, and created a large-format, film-based portrait archive of Cambodia's remarkable performing art masters.
NYC-based Maggie Soladay is an editorial photography editor, producer, and photographer. A passionate activist, she uses her knowledge of the old and new media to tackle the world's humanitarian and environmental problems. Maggie believes photographers and journalists have a special duty: "We can be officers of justice and social change by putting our media skills to use for good."
Soladay is the NYC chief of SalaamGarage, a humanitarian media organization that facilitates meaningful storytelling by partnering with international and local NGOs. SalaamGarage produces underreported stories of social change that can and do support change. Through their work, Maggie and SalaamGarage are blazing a new trail in humanitarian and advocacy journalism.
October 7, 2010 at 6:30 pm
Laura Parsons Pratt Conference Center
281 Park Avenue South at 22nd Street
Light refreshments were served after the presenations