Karen Zusman

My longest relationship is with longing itself. It’s an enigmatic companion serving a wisdom I don’t always understand. As a photographer, I use this longing to push me to engage more deeply with the world.

I came to photography in Malaysia while making audio recordings of Burmese refugees who had been sold to human traffickers. At the time, I was neither a photographer nor a journalist—I had an MFA in poetry, and I’d been traveling to Asia to study Buddhism. On one of these trips I learned several Burmese people I’d met in Kuala Lumpur had been trafficked and I was compelled to do something with all I had. I broke the story, and PBS broadcast it. Following that, I received a Pulitzer Center grant to continue my reporting and I taught myself how to use a camera to take my coverage further.  

When I arrived in Cuba in 2015, I felt my first love—poetry—could somehow be manifested through image-making, and I left traditional documentary behind. To me, there’s a palpable sense of yearning on the island. I identify with it; it welcomes me.

Within this emotional landscape I encounter Cubans—from young to old—seemingly able to embody strong self-confidence, as well as vulnerability. I wonder what allows them to inhabit these opposing ends of the emotive spectrum so freely? I search for this fierceness and fragility; the presence of both creates a moment of unexpected intimacy for me. Like a poem does, or a dream.

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Richard Sandler

Richard Sandler is a street photographer and a documentary video and filmmaker.

His first monograph, "The Eyes of the City, was published in 2016 by Powerhouse Books.

Sandler’s photographs are in the permanent collections of the New York Public Library,

the Center for Creative Photography, the Brooklyn Museum, the New York Historical Society,

and the Houston Museum of Fine Art.

He has directed and shot eight non-fiction videos and films including, "The Gods of Times Square,” (1999), "Brave New York” (2004), “SWAY,” (2006) and "Radioactive City” (2011).

He was awarded two New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships for still photography, a John Simon Guggenheim fellowship for filmmaking, and a New York State Council on the Arts grant for filmmaking.

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Jean Miele

My pictures are not about what you might call “consensus reality.” In fact, I’m much more interested in photography’s ability to interpret and transform the world than to record it. I’m fascinated by the persistent myth that “the camera never lies” and by the question, “What is reality, anyway, and do we have a hand in creating it?”

Sometimes art-making seems more like midwifery than creation. Inspiration arrives from some magical place. I’m interested in that place, and I’m interested in helping others find that place, too. My workshops are about connecting intuition, process, and technique (July 28–August 2 at the Santa Fe Workshops, and August 25–31 at the Maine Media Workshops), and I really enjoy working with photographers one-on-one to help them find their voice as artists.

My work has been published and exhibited widely, and “Vestiges of Industry: Maritime Studies” (which celebrates the worn and ravaged beauty of pre-computer-age machines and technology, and features images of several touchstones of New York’s vanishing seafaring heritage) is currently on view on the Lilac, a Coast Guard cutter that’s retired and docked at Pier 25 in Manhattan. Come see it!


Grayson Dantzic

Grayson Dantzic's music photography career began as a natural progression from his passionate work as an archivist. Starting with creating a book from his late father Jerry Dantzic's Archives, he then worked with the Warner Music Group Archives. These opportunities gave him access to process and research some of his favorite musicians’ files and to learn from studying many legendary image makers. He was also given special invitation to attend artists' showcases, plaque presentations, and other insider events where he made the most of his experiences to document. Jazz photography is another love of his, having had the honor of working with and learning from his dear friends Hugh Bell and Chuck Stewart.

Grayson is also a songwriter and musician and a fan of inspired music wherever and whenever it presents itself, which is almost all the time in New York City! His work has been published in Billboard, Downbeat, and Elmore Magazine. Grayson is a board member and the Executive VP of the American Photography Archives Group [APAG], Project Archivist for the Paul Seligman Collection at the Metropolitan Opera Archives, a board member of ASMPNY and the Archivist for ASMP. His mentor, Phoebe Jacobs, Executive VP of the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, always told him: “make every minute count.” Those words of wisdom, in addition to gaining access and having the right equipment, serve as his mantra!

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Bruce Katz

Bruce brings a finely honed sense of composition, a natural-lighting style, and a wonderful sense of humor and ease to all his photographic assignments. Working regularly for a diverse clientele, his work has appeared in Architectural Digest, New York Magazine, Landscape Architecture, and The Washington Post as well as for top hospitality and design firms throughout the country.

Bruce teaches at the International Center of Photography in New York and served on the Board of Directors of ASMP. His classic New York portfolio was honored as the Best of ASMP for 2014. He has recently exhibited at Alice Austen House Museum, Photoville, and the Arsenal Gallery in NYC. The New York Historical Society acquired several images from his City Limits project.

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Joel Simpson

A New Jersey native, I've been photographing since I was a teenager in the 1960s. A 35mm amateur for most of my life—while I earned a doctorate in comparative literature from Brown; taught college English, French and Italian; pursued jazz piano for 22 years and created prize-winning multi-media music software (Dick Hyman’s Century of Jazz Piano CD-ROM) that sold worldwide—I began photographing in medium format in 2002, and digital in 2005.

 In April, May and part of June of 2014, I went on a 10-week 12-country round-the-world tour, which I planned with a traveling companion. Since then I have lectured on world travel and photography and shown a number of images from the trip in exhibitions. A two-week trip around Northern and Central California in August, 2015, expanded my inventory of geological and botanical images.

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Claudia Paul

Claudia Paul is a German-born photographer based in New York City, shooting commercial and editorial content for over 10 years. Her photographic approach is always about connecting deeply with her subjects and capturing an authentic image.
Knowing the power of strong visuals, Claudia is very passionate about working with Non-Profits to help create positive change in the world. This type of social documentary photography has taken her to Tanzania, India and around the US - using photography and video to help organizations tell their story and raise awareness.


Stefan Falke

Over the last ten years I traveled to most major and some smaller cities on both sides of the 2000 miles long U.S. - Mexico border and photographed about 200 painters, photographers, musicians, writers, dancers, architects and art promoters in order to shine a spotlight on the vibrant cultural activities and cross-border opportunities that exist despite the tremendous challenges in this bi-national region.

The region has particular significance to me since I was born and grew up in Germany where a border divided my country in East and West until it came down in 1989. Meanwhile the steel ‘wall’ between the US and Mexico is growing in length and height and does its part to create a physiological and physical barrier between the United States and Mexico.

In the last year I have been focussing on artists who work specifically with border and migration related issues and/or are migrants themselves, like Artists Fronterizas, the three opera singing women who perform on both sides to promote cross border culture (their story here ), or photographer Tom Kiefer (last photo) who collects and photographs migrants possessions taken from them and thrown away by the border patrol (his story here ), or Haitian painter Nixon Tervine, whose journey through all of South America ended in Mexicali, Mexico, and who sells his art to motorists crossing the border north (his story here ), or artist Alvaro Enciso who puts up crosses in the Sonoran Desert to remember migrants who did not survive the long journey north (his story here ).

I am trying to show that most people on both sides of the US – Mexico border are very passionate about their bi-national region and the unique opportunities and cross-border collaborations and friendships that come with it. I chose artists for my project because they always seem to have a finger on the pulse of their communities, and reflect their status in real time; I believe they deserve our attention. I hope my project is adding a positive and humanitarian aspect to the usual negative storylines about the border region and the people who live and work there.

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Dirk Anschutz

Dirk Anschütz is a New York based portrait photographer.  He was born and lived in Germany until he moved to the US when he was 22.  He has traveled extensively for his work.

His work has been published in magazines such as Time, Fortune, Money, ESPN, Stern, and Der Spiegel, and his commercial clients include Mini Cooper, BMW, Adidas, Merck and Bravo.  

His series Fathers & Sons explores this influential relationship through portraits from different ethnic, cultural, educational and socio-economic backgrounds across the US.  The fathers and sons in these images display the camaraderie, tensions, annoyances, competitiveness, pride, and love at the root of their relationships.

His work was shown in solo and group shows across the US and he has received numerous awards.

He lives in Red Hook, Brooklyn with his girlfriend and their son.

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William Douglas King

A former New York City public school teacher with certification in special education, William Douglas King, is an award-winning exhibiting photographer and photo-illustrator with significant expertise in studio lighting, commercial photography and compositing. His recent works include Capture Your Freedom a submission to the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy.

William’s most recent awards include the American Society of Media Photographers, Rangefinder magazine, and the 12th International Color Awards. King studied commercial photography at Art Center College of Design and in 2006, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Communications from Marymount Manhattan College. In 2008, William achieved a Master of Science in Education from Brooklyn College and in 2015 he received a Master in Photographic Studies in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.


An introduction to photo illustration and composited imagery relating to early commercial creative photography. Presentation transitions to current in-studio illustrative portraiture focusing on presentation of subject, lighting and compositing. Lastly, Channeling Magritte - a series of self-portraits that present a protagonist, a mysterious character in various NewYork City backdrops - focusing on lighting, photographic, and compositing techniques.

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Tatiana Ilina

I am a documentary photographer, photojournalist and filmmaker. I have worked in this field for more than 12 years. I have traveled around the world, working in different countries, creating social documentaries and art projects allowing me to look at things from the other side.

People have always interested mostly, helping me to explore extraordinary life stories about exceptional abilities. After getting a higher journalist education, I graduated from Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Media Arts. Subsequently, I completed my degree at ESEC Professional School in the field of film and audiovisual techniques.

I am interested in social activities, which enable me to develop and transform the emotional sense of my vision into reality. I have been working continuously, creating a large number of projects to help different social and public organizations.

I have discovered important things which I would not have expected to be true. These things exist inside and outside of me until I can visualize them.

I want to believe that my life will be filled with different faces, emotions and characters which I am eager to share with audience through my work.


Donnelly Marks

Donnelly Marks is a New York City based photographer, whose striking environmental portraits of corporate leaders, cultural icons and New York City notables have been published as magazine covers, for book covers, in feature articles and museum publications.

Donnelly is presenting a new body of fine art work: Images melding photography, assemblage and sculpture, transforming the captured image through the magic of Photoshop into works of color, energy and unexpected vision. Donnelly holds a BFA in both photography and sculpture from Carnegie Mellon.


Zay Yar Lin

An internationally published and award winning photographer from Myanmar. I've been into photography since 2014. I've always tried to be creative and shown interesting, beautiful and wonderful things in my photos. Since 2014, I fell in love with photography and started traveling and shooting as much as I can. I’m a seafarer working as a Captain of the ship and I tried my best in the photography during my vacation time.  In other words, I’m trying to become a full-time professional photographer. As a self-taught I achieve all my photography knowledge and inspiration through social media and online photography communities. In 2014, I had won first international photography award which became a very good motivation to move further in photography field.

Basically, Lighting, Composition and Color makes a photograph stands out. Apart from them, capturing moments and storytelling makes a photograph more meaningful and powerful. My favorite styles of photography are culture, portraits and landscape which tell stories of the people and sense of the place.

I’ve run photography workshops in Myanmar. I have showcased my works at many exhibitions and been published all around the world. I’ve won numerous international and local photography awards. I’m two times Best Photographer of the Year in Myanmar Photographic Society. In 2016, my photo was published in National Geographic printed Magazine which was published in July. I'm a contributor in National Geographic Your Shot Community. I was a Grand Prize winner of American Photography Open 2018.

My images will take you places you’ve never been, feel the scenery you’ve never seen and meet the people you’ve never known.

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Eric Garcia-March

NYC based professional photographer shooting worldwide, specializing in striking imagery and conceptual narratives that push the limits. Eric’s images are deep, contrasting and carry a high production value. His international client base includes advertising agencies, fashion houses, editorial publications, luxury brands, and entertainment industry contacts.

Eric Garcia-March’s formal training began in 1995, when he started working with medium and large format film cameras at Brooks Institute of Photography in California. His interest in painting resulted in a BFA in Painting and a Masters degree in Studio Art.

Eric moved to Spain in 1999, and in 2006, he started teaching Advertising Photography, Portrait Photography and Fashion Photography at a University near Barcelona. His work has been published internationally in fashion and lifestyle magazines, books, and major ad campaigns.

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Anya Anti

An internationally published and award winning photo artist from Ukraine now based in New York, USA. I've been into photography since 2009. I've always been a creative person – as a child I was good at painting and crafts. As my passion for art grew I fell in love with photography and started shooting the world around me. As a self-taught I gained all my knowledge and inspiration through social media and online photography communities. A year-and-a-half later, I started creating fine art surrealistic female portraits, which became my preferable genre and a hallmark of my work.

Installations, costumes and Photoshop manipulation help me to embody my fantasies into a finished piece of art. I shoot mostly with old vintage manual lenses like Helios and Petzval. Their imperfections help me be more creative and achieve that dreamy effect.

As a workshop instructor, I have already taught in different countries. I have showcased my work at exhibitions and been published all around the globe. In 2015 I was a lucky winner of Broncolor GenNEXT sponsorship.

I'm a dreamer. Photography is not only what I love and what I do, it’s also a gentle and romantic side of me. It's a reflection of my deep emotions, passion for unknown and craving for beauty. What I’m trying to show is a beautiful image, but also tell a story, convey an idea and play with associations.

My images are fairytale-like, mystic, feminine, fragile and thoughtful. And if you listen carefully my silent pictures will tell a story.

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Beowolf Sheehan

Beowulf Sheehan studied photography at New York University and the International Center of Photography.  His childhood love of stories in books and music grew into an adulthood love of storytellers in the arts, entertainment, and humanities.  Beowulf makes portraits, communicates ideas, and shares the stories of compelling artists and figures who impact society and culture.


Jason Gardner

Jason Gardner presents his photographic series “Portraits of Carnaval,” showing the range of artistry of those participating in the festival in Brazil, Louisiana, France, Sardinia, Guinea-Bissau, and Trinidad. Having published the photography book A Flower in the Mouth showing the culture, music and rituals of the authentic, folkloric Carnaval festival in Pernambuco, Brazil, the next book will be about the Carnavals of the world.

In his work, he seeks the ineffable moment when people transform, when they transcend normal lives to connect with what they view as sacred, and embody their culture, heritage, and identity. Democratic and folkloric, it reveals a complexity and diversity of religion and ritual. He looks for the common thread binding those who uphold the tradition as they prepare costumes, rehearse dance and music, and observe their private rituals. For those who practice it year after year, Carnaval is more than a huge party: it is a proud way of life.


Steve Simon

Steve Simon is an award-winning documentary photographer and author of five critically acclaimed photography books including The Passionate Photographer, which was chosen as one of Amazon’s "Top Ten Art and Photography Books."

He has photographed on assignment in more than 40 countries and his work has been published in the New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, Colors, Life, Time, Le Monde, Harpers, Macleans, Walrus and many others.

Steve is best known for his work focusing on the human condition, capturing life as he encounters it. He shines a light on important subjects and issues using the power of photography in the hope of facilitating positive change. His documentary work has been featured in solo shows across the globe. Visa Pour L’Image in Perpignan, France has showcased Steve’s work three times. His post 9/11 work Empty Sky has been published by Life Books and a complete set of prints from that project was acquired by the 9/11 Memorial Museum for their permanent collection.

Corporate clients include Nikon, SanDisk, McDonalds, Sony Music & Apple. Among his honors: Art Director’s Club NY, Canadian News Photographer of The Year, Global Health Council, NPPA , American Photo, PX3 & the Moscow Photo Awards.  Steve is passionate teacher as well,  participating as a guest lecturer and workshop leader at various photography events worldwide. 

He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Tanja and three-year-old son Sawyer. He is available for assignments worldwide.

“Photography has been my passport to extraordinary people and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. All I ever wanted to do was take pictures. I’m living the dream.”