Outreach Spotlight: CatchLight

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 urgently brings resources and organizations together to support leaders in a thriving visual ecosystem with the goal of discovering, developing and amplifying visual storytellers.

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


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 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.



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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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