Preserving Photographs: Family Albums and Professional Archives

Part One: Family Albums: Why Preserving Photographs Matters


Photojournalists MaryAnne Golon, Annie Griffiths, and Maggie Steber are known for their award-winning work and illustrious careers—in this video, we get a small peak into their personal lives as they discuss how, even to veteran photographers, some of the most important photos they have are the ones in their family albums.

MaryAnne Golon is director of photography at the Washington Post. As a member of the senior management team, she supervises all aspects of photography for the daily newspaper and its digital forms: on the web, mobile and tablet. MaryAnne received an IFA Lucie award as Picture Editor of the Year in 2013. She was previously Time magazine's director of photography and co-managed the international newsweekly’s photography department for more than 15 years, and was directly involved in the production of scores of award-winning Time covers and special editions, as well as coordinating Time's photographic coverage of the Olympic Games for sixteen years. She led the photo team that produced the Hurricane Katrina and the September 11, 2001 special Time editions that each won coveted ASME National Magazine Awards. MaryAnne received a B.S. in Journalism and Communications from the University of Floridaand is a distinguished alumna. She completed a fellowship in Public Policy and Media Studies at Duke University. She is on the Board of Directors of the Eddie Adams Workshop.

One of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Annie Griffiths has photographed in nearly 150 countries during her illustrious career. She has worked on dozens of magazine and book projects for the Society, including stories on Lawrence of Arabia, Baja California, Galilee, Petra, Sydney, New Zealand, and Jerusalem. In addition to her magazine work, Annie is deeply committed to photographing for aid organizations around the world. She is the Executive Director of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of photographers who document the programs that are empowering women and girls throughout the developing world, especially as they deal with the devastating effects of climate change. Annie has received awards from the National Press Photographers Association, the Associated Press, the National Organization of Women, The University of Minnesota and the White House News Photographers Association.

Photographer Maggie Steber has worked in 64 countries focusing on humanitarian, cultural, and social stories. Her honors include the Leica Medal of Excellence, World Press Photo Foundation, the Overseas Press Club, Pictures of the Year, the Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service to Journalism from the University of Missouri, the Alicia Patterson and Ernst Haas Grants, and a Knight Foundation grant for the New American Newspaper project.For over three decades, Steber has worked in Haiti. Aperture published her monograph, DANCING ON FIRE. In 2013 Steber was named as one of eleven Women of Vision by National Geographic Magazine, publishing a book and touring an exhibition in five American cities. Steber has served as a Newsweek Magazine contract photographer and as the Asst. Managing Editor of Photography and Features at The Miami Herald, overseeing staff projects that won the paper a Pulitzer and two finalist recognition. Her work is included in the Library of Congress, The Richter Library and in private collections. She has exhibited internationally. Clients include National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, AARP, The Guardian, and Geo Magazine among others. Steber teaches workshops internationally including at the World Press Joop Swart Master Classes, the International Center for Photography, Foundry Workshops and and the Obscura Photo Festival.

Part Two: Family Albums: Why Preserving Photographs Matters

In this video, photography industry professionals Nancy Borowick, Ed Kashi, Erika Larsen, Olivier Laurent, John White, Michael Williamson, and Chuck Zoeller provide insight into the important ways that family photographs and family albums enrich our lives and contribute to the important work of documenting history.

Nancy Borowick is an internationally renowned photographer, author, teacher and speaker, delivering over 50 speaking engagements each year around the world, bringing her personal story to universities, hospitals, oncology units and community groups globally. Nancy is a graduate of the International Center of Photography and has exhibited her work in over 100 cities. Working regularly with the New York Times since 2013, Nancy has told the intimate stories of people and places from every corner of the globe winning her major accolades and awards, such as World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International and most recently the 2018 Humanitarian Award from the organization Women That Soar for her photography and recent monograph, The Family Imprint.

Ed Kashi is an acclaimed photojournalist who uses photography, filmmaking and social media to explore geopolitical and social issues that define our times. He is also a dedicated educator and mentor to photographers around the world and lectures frequently on visual storytelling, human rights and the world of media. A leading voice in the photojournalism world, Kashi frequently lectures on a wide range of topics for arts institutions, universities, schools and professional organizations. His work has been published and exhibited worldwide, receiving numerous awards and honors. Through his editorial assignments and personal projects Kashi has published nine books, including Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta, THREE, and Photojournalisms.

Erika Larsen is a photographer and multidisciplinary storyteller known for her essays, which document cultures that maintain close ties with nature. Her work has been included in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, National Geographic Society, Fotografiska Museum and Ajtte Sámi Museum. Larsen is a recipient of several grants and fellowships including a Fulbright Fellowship, New Jersey State Arts Council Fellowship, Women in Photography Individual Project Grant, Lois Roth Endowment and a World Press Award. Her first monograph, Sami-Walking With Reindeer, was released in 2013. Larsen is currently a Fellow and Explorer with National Geographic Society.

Olivier C. Laurent is an expert in social media, he partners with the Washington Post social team on photo-driven initiatives and contributes to the InSight blog. Before the Washington Post, Olivier was most recently at TIME, where he was editor of LightBox, the magazine’s former photography website, which provided a window into how great photographs are made and drew attention to groundbreaking work by photography masters and new pioneers. Before TIME, he was the associate editor of the British Journal of Photography starting in 2008, the world’s longest running photography magazine and the editor of FLTR, the first weekly magazine on smartphone photography.

John H. White is a renowned American photojournalist. His photography documents everyday lives and political events in American cities, particularly Chicago. He was a staff photographer on the Chicago Sun-Times for 35 years, and won a Pulitzer prize in 1982.

Michael Williamson was born in Washington, but grew up in a series of foster homes and orphanages in more than 15 states. It was an experience he says that has led to his interest in documenting the plight of the homeless for the past 18 years. He and a collaborator, writer Dale Maharidge, have produced three books.The first book, "Journey to Nowhere: The Saga of the New Underclass," inspired several songs on Bruce Springsteen's album "The Ghost of Tom Joad." The pair's book "And Their Children After Them" received a Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction in 1990. He shared a second Pulitzer Prize in 2000 with colleagues Carol Guzy and Lucian Perkins for their coverage of Kosovo. A photographer with The Washington Post since 1993, Williamson was named Newspaper Photographer of the Year in the 1995 Pictures of the Year contest and Photographer of the Year in 2000 by the National Press Photographers Association.

Chuck Zoeller is director of creative services for The Associated Press. A former photographer, he joined the AP as a photo editor at the news cooperative’s New York headquarters, and later served 14 years as director of the AP Images photo library — one of the world’s largest collections of news photos. He has curated several books and exhibitions of AP photography. A graduate of the University of Rochester, he has served as chair of the Pulitzer Prize jury in photography.

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