This event is part of the Benevolent Media Festival, an all-volunteer project celebrating storytelling and design for good, organized during Digital Capital Week. Join us for what promises to be an inspiring event for up-and-coming photographers looking to bring social and environmental issues to light. We will have slideshow presentations from three photographers who use their talent to discuss social issues: Nancy Farese from PhotoPhilanthropy.org; Emma Scott from Critical Exposure; and JB Reed from The Nuru Project.
Following the slideshows, we will have a panel discussion, where the audience will have the chance to engage the photographers and learn how to get involved in benevolent photography. Join us as early as 11:30 a.m. to chat with event organizer and photographer Aaron Minnick, about using photography to inspire nature conservation.
Nancy Richards Farese (Founder & Executive Director, PhotoPhilanthropy.org) is originally from Carrollton, Georgia and now lives in Marin County, California with her husband, Bob Farese, and 5 children. She is a social documentary photographer (www.nancyfaresephotography.com ) and Founder of PhotoPhilanthropy which promotes and connects photographers with non-profit organizations around the world to tell the stories that drive action for social change. Her work has been published in print media such as Time Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Marin IJ, The Anniston Star and The Financial Times, and in association with a wide range of charitable organizations including The International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, The Carter Center, The Infectious Disease Institutes in Uganda, Living Goods and Right to Play.
Emma Scott (AmeriCorps VISTA, Critical Exposure) is a recent graduate of Bates College, where she majored in French and Studio Art. She completed her French thesis on the photographic representation of the genocide in Rwanda and secured grant money to travel to Rwanda to create her own photographic documentation of the country for her photography thesis. She spent multiple summers teaching photography at a rural summer camp and to newly arrived refugees in New York City.
JB Reed (Founder, The Nuru Project) is a freelance photographer based in New York City. His images have appeared in The New York Times, Bloomberg News, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, and the International Herald Tribune. In 2004, JB was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to document youths living in the Mathare Valley slums of Nairobi, Kenya. The resulting images were featured in multiple gallery exhibitions and won an award from the National Press Photographers Association. The experience fueled his belief that photography can be an agent for social change and led him to co-found Nuru Project.