Mary Calvert Profile

Mary Calvert


During the virtual 2020 Eddie Adams Workshop, award-winning photojournalist Mary Calvert shared a presentation about her recent work covering issues of sexual abuse in the U.S. military and the lives of the veterans who have survived such abuse.

Mary Calvert is committed to using photography to affect meaningful social change and is known for producing work on under-reported and neglected gender based, human rights issues. For the past several years, Mary has focused her journalistic attention on the relegation and abuse of women and men in the U.S. Armed Forces. This work was a finalist in Feature Photography in the 2020 Pulitzer Prizes and has won numerous awards including the World Press Photo Contest and the Cliff Edom New America Award. The work has been supported by grants from Getty Images, the Alexia Foundation, and Mary is a 2017-2018 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow in Photography.

The Eddie Adams Workshop is the only tuition-free photojournalism seminar of its kind. Applicants at the start of their career submit portfolios for consideration. One hundred participants selected solely on the merit of their pictures team up with top professional photographers and editors for a four-day gathering that includes assignments, portfolio reviews, panel discussions and presentations. The Workshop began in 1988 with the goal to redress the exclusivity of professional opportunities by accepting students based on their demonstrated skills, and not on their ability to pay tuition. The all-volunteer faculty and staff, many of whom are alumni, are passionate about the mission and donate their time and expertise. The Workshop has an unparalleled history of nurturing talent, exchanging ideas and building relationships. The workshop takes place annually over Columbus Day Weekend, normally in Jeffersonville, New York. During the pandemic, the workshop has been conducted virtually.


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