Outreach Spotlight: CatchLight



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

In 2019, PhotoWings partnered with CatchLight to document their Visual Storytelling Summit presentations and CatchLight helped facilitate PhotoWings interviews with Shahidul Alam, Aida Muluneh and Tasneem Alsultan. 

Previously, we partnered with CatchLight on the launch of Everyday Bay Area (EDBA) and its Instagram feed on the theme of Picturing the New California Dream. PhotoWings documented presentations by Project Curator, Pei Ketron and The Everyday Projects Co-President, Austin Merrill. We also interviewed Austin Merrill, Pei Ketron, and EDBA contributing photographers Pendarvis Harshaw, Brenton Gieser, Rasta Dave, Mark Murrmann and Felix Uribe.  In the videos, Skills Learned When Young and Defining Moments, EDBA photographers describe skills learned and experiences had when they were young that contribute to their lives as photographers today.

Interviews with Catchlight Fellows Andrea Bruce, Brian Frank, Sarah Blessener, Tomas van Houtryve, Aida Muluneh, Tasneem Alsultan are also available in the PhotoWings Video Archives.


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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.

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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.


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