Outreach Spotlight: CatchLight

Outreach Spotlight: CatchLight


Explore PhotoWings + CatchLight Partnerships:

Everyday Bay AreaCatchLight Visual Storytelling Summit 

CatchLight believes in the power of visual storytelling to foster a more nuanced and empathetic understanding of the world. Serving a transformational force, it urgently brings resources and organizations together to support leaders in a thriving visual ecosystem.  Their goal is to discover, develop and amplify visual storytellers.

PhotoWings’ dedication to utilizing the power of photography to further deep thinking, communication and action is demonstrated in our partnerships with CatchLight. The photographers of @everydaybayarea are helping San Francisco Bay Area residents see and understand each other across generations and cultures. The power of visual storytelling to inspire, spark dialogue and ignite change was celebrated at the 2019 Visual Storytelling Summit. A roadmap for clear health messaging in a world of misinformation incorporates photography as a central element and open source tools for educators will help revive visual storytelling at the local level. Along the way, PhotoWings has documented the work and lives of leading voices in photography and visual storytelling so their stories can be freely shared.

Everyday Bay Area

Everyday Bay Area is a collective of photographers capturing the diversity and stories of everyday lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. #everydaybayarea

PhotoWings partnered with CatchLight on the launch of Everyday Bay Area (EDBA) and its Instagram feed @everydaybayarea on the theme of Picturing the New California Dream

We documented presentations and interviewed 

  • Project Curator, Pei Ketron, 
  • The Everyday Projects Co-President, Austin Merrill 
  • EDBA contributing photographers 
    • Pendarvis Harshaw 
    • Brenton Gieser 
    • Rasta Dave 
    • Mark Murrmann 
    • Felix Uribe  


CatchLight Visual Storytelling Summit

The CatchLight 2019 Visual Storytelling Summit brought the community together for an immersive day of conversations, portfolio reviews and workshops.  PhotoWings partnered with CatchLight to document event presentations by Ethiopian photographer and contemporary artist Aida Muluneh, National Geographic photographer Andrea Bruce, award-winning filmmaker Carlos Javier Ortiz and keynote speaker, Bangldeshi photographer and educator, Shahidul Alam. We also interviewed Shahidul Alam, Aida Muluneh and Tasneem Alsultan. 


CatchLight Local

CatchLight Local supports local news organizations (The Salinas Californian, Bay City News Foundation and San Francisco Public Press), visual storytellers, educators and youth in working together to create and share visual stories that address important issues in a local context. As education partner, PhotoWings will support education workshops and the creation of open source curricula, facilitated in partnership with Dysturb, to meaningfully engage the next generation of media makers. The initiative’s long-term goal is to transform the local news and media landscape with new community-based visual practices.


Interviews with Catchlight Fellows Andrea Bruce, Brian Frank, Sarah Blesener, and Tomas van Houtryve, are also available in the PhotoWings Video Archives.

Explore PhotoWings + CatchLight Partnerships

Everyday Bay Area

Everyday Bay Area focuses on the power of visual storytelling to help SF Bay Area residents see and understand each other across identities, ages, demographics and geography. PhotoWings partnered with CatchLight to interview some of their fascinating participants - to learn about them and their thinking. In this compilation video we explore their early influences and what sparked their interests in photography.

2019 CatchLight Visual Storytelling Summit

This year's Summit was an immersive day of conversation, inspiration and community, and featured leading voices in visual storytelling. The event began with portfolio reviews where photographers shared their work with photo editors from media and tech organizations, museum curators and gallery owners. The reviews were followed by a series of presentations and conversations with some of the leading voices in visual storytelling. with a keynote from the formerly imprisoned Bangladeshi photographer and one of Time’s Persons of the Year, Shahidul Alam.