Ernesto Bazan / Havana, Cuba
Ernesto Bazan is a freelance photographer whose work has appeared in North American, European and Latin American publications. He is represented by Agenzia CONTRASTO in Europe and by Gamma Liaison International in the United States. Bazan graduated with a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 1982. His work was awarded the 1999 Guggenheim Fellowship and the 1998 W. Eugene Smith Award. Other awards include the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor prize, the Mother Jones International Foundation Grant for Photojournalism, and first prize in the Daily Life story category from World Press Photo. Bazan has worked on several collaborative book projects and has exhibited his work extensively in both group and solo shows. His work is also in private collections and museums, including the Bibliotheque National in Paris , Musee Rattau in Arles, France, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and others.
Gigi Cohen / New York, NY
Gigi Cohen is a freelance photographer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, New York Newsday and other publications. Cohen’s interest in photography started at the State University of New York at Albany, where she began her studies in 1986. In 1992, she returned home to New York. She was accepted into Impact Visuals Photo Agency, and has covered political campaigns, demonstrations, parades and rallies on issues such as abortion, homelessness, gays in the military, and police brutality. A year later, she joined New York Newsday, covered the first free election in South Africa and documented the lives of people living in Hong Kong before the transition to Chinese rule. In 1995, she began affiliation with Network Photographers Photo Agency in London, photographing for various European publications, including the Sunday Times Magazine. She photographed stories about social issues for the Soros Foundation and most recently directed a photo workshop in Haiti through Kids with Cameras.
Cohen is currently working on various long-term projects on topics including: a 91-year-old collector named Arthur in Brooklyn, NYC; a minister who deals with prisoners on Death Row in Tennessee; and child domestic workers in Haiti.
Marie Dorigny / Paris, France
Marie Dorigny has been photographing child workers since 1992, when she worked with the International Labour Office to produce a photo essay on Child Labor around the world. Dorigny won a 1993 UNICEF book award for the publication, Children in Shadow, (co-author Sorj Chalandon). Dorigny graduated from the Sorbonne University in Paris and went on to become a writer for French newspapers on issues relating to economics, science and medicine. In 1989, Dorigny switched to photography and since then has covered stories such as the Romanian revolution, the effects of Agent Orange in South Vietnam, prostitution and AIDS in Thailand, child soldiers in the drug war in Burma, children in the war in Bosnia, and modern slavery in France, among others. Dorigny’s work is represented by Saba Press in the United States.
Joel Sartore / Lincoln, NE
Joel Sartore is a contract photographer for National Geographic Magazine, for which he has worked since 1992. Sartore’s work has taken him to the Arctic, British West Indies, Canada, Europe, Israel, Mexico, South America, and throughout the United States. Prior to joining National Geographic, Sartore graduated from the College of Journalism at the University of Nebraska in 1985 and accepted a position as staff photographer for the Wichita Eagle, where five years later he became director of photography. Sartore has awards from the National Press Photographer Association (NPPA) and the Pictures of the Year contest. He was a Pulitzer finalist in 1986. Sartore was a featured photographer for the VISA Pour LB9 Image photo show in Perpignan, France, a guest speaker on the NPPA Flying Short Course and was recently featured on WTBS National Geographic Explorer on a trip to Alaska. In 1995, Sartore’s photographs of America’s endangered species were published into a book by National Geographic Society entitled The Company We Keep.
Al Schaben / Huntington Beach CA
Al Schaben is a staff photographer for the Los Angeles Times. He has worked for the Times’ Orange County Edition since 1993 after graduating from the College of Journalism at The University of Nebraska. He interned at the Detroit Free Press, the Wichita Eagle, the Bridgeport Post and the Dallas Morning News. He was a three-time finalist in the William Randolph Hearst national competition and the first student ever to win “Photographer of the Year” in the professional division of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) competition. As a professional, Schaben’s photographs have printed by magazines such as U.S. News & World Report, TV Guide, Newsweek, Fortune, Time, and Life.
Judy Walgren / Taos, NM
Judy Walgren, a freelance photographer, was part of a 1994 Pulitzer Prize-winning team of Dallas Morning News journalists that produced a series on violent human rights abuses against women all over the world. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Texas and joined the photo staff at the Dallas Morning News in 1987. Walgren has covered war and famine in the Horn of Africa, Her book, The Lost Boys of Natinga : A School for Southern Sudan’s Young Refugees, dealing with children and war in southern Sudan was published in by Houghton Mifflin in 1998. She received The Barbara Jordan Award for reporting on people with disabilities, the Associated Press Managing Editors Photojournalism Award, the Texas Council Against Violence Award for her photo essays on abused women, and an Award of Excellence in the 1997 Pictures of the Year competition for Issues Reporting.
Jon Warren / Seattle, WA
Jon Warren specializes in international editorial and documentary photography. Warren has traveled to more than 50 countries to cover stories about children, village life, farmers, health workers, and victims of famines and wars. Warren worked as a photojournalist for World Concern , an international relief and development agency, and for the Seattle Times before becoming a freelancer in 1987. He has published three books of photography and has contributed to several others. Warren’s book projects have included people and religion around the world, handloom weaving in Bangladesh, the homeless in Los Angeles, and Mennonites in Bolivia. Warren’s photos are featured in Bhutan: Mountain Fortress of the Gods (Christian Schicklgruber, editor), published by the Vienna Museum fur Volkerkunde and Serindia Publishers. Warren’s work has been displayed in several solo and group exhibits.
Clarence Williams / Los Angeles, CA
Clarence Williams, a staff photographer for the Los Angeles Times, was awarded the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography on a photo series about children of crack addicted parents. The series also won a First Place in Photojournalism for the 1997 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and the Journalist of the Year award from the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). Current projects include stories about crack cocaine use, the life of a prostitute from her perspective, and a look at the working elderly in Los Angeles. Williams graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Temple University in Philadelphia in 1992 and worked as an intern for the Philadelphia Tribune and the York (Penn.) Daily Record. Prior to joining the L.A. Times in 1995, Williams was a staff photographer for the Times Community Newspapers in Reston, Virginia.
Francesco Zizola / Rome, Italy
Francesco Zizola has been working as a freelance photographer since 1981, after finishing anthropological studies at the University of Rome. In 1986, he switched from fashion and advertising photography to reportage. At that time, he began working for international newspapers and magazines such as L’Europeo, L’Expresso, Epoca, Newsweek, Stern, and The European. From 1989 to 1991, Zizola photographed news stories in Albania, Northern Korea, Romania, Germany, Kenya, Israel, Russia and Yugoslavia. In 1992, he began working on a project called Heirs of 2000 — supported by Agenzia CONTRASTO, with the Italian Committee of UNICEF — about the conditions of children around the world. His book, Ruas, about the lives of street children in Brazil, won a prize from the University of Rome for the best book of photography published in 1994. Zizola also won Photo of the Year 1997 from the World Press Photo. Zizola is represented by Agenzia CONTRASTO in Italy and Matrix in the U.S.
Julia Dean / Los Angeles
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Brian Finke / New York, NY
Brian Finke, a 1998 graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York, was the student photographer selected to join the team for the project Child Labor and the Global Village: Photography for Social Change. While finishing school, he worked as a photographer for the School of Visual Arts Public Relations Department and at Saba Press Photos. Finke has also worked as an assistant printer to a variety of photographers. His photographic work has appeared in several group exhibitions, and has been seen in publications such as Photo District News, The Rangefinder, F-Stop Magazine, Visual Opinion Magazine, The Villager, Piercing Fans International Quarterly, The New York Times Magazine and The Los Angeles Times Magazine.
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