Photo: Nura Qureshi


Myriam Abdelaziz
is an Egyptian / Swiss / French freelance documentary photographer. Born in Cairo, she grew up in Geneva before returning to Cairo in 1987 and then to Paris in 1996. She speaks fluent Arabic, French and English. Myriam received her BA in Political Science from01 the American University in Cairo and a Master in Journalism from Paris X University. After starting a career in International Communication in Paris, Myriam moved to New York to focus on photography. She graduated from the International Center of Photography and has been based in New York since 2005.

Mark Aranha: I've been using a camera for just over three years. I was hooked after I discovered, to my surprise, that even strangers just open up to the person with the important looking camera. As Someone Important once said, 'Speak softly and carry a big lens'.

Nick Atlas, at twenty-seven, is defining himself as one of America's brightest young photographers and social commentators. Raised in New York City, Nick truly blossomed as a photographer whileattending Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he earned an honors degree in sociology and received awards for outstanding achievements in photojournalism. After college he briefly studied at the International Center of Photography, but began traveling nearly full-time in 2003. Nick has photographed in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and throughout Central and North America. His personal projects include documentaries of festival culture and life on the road, although the bulk of his work is street photography. Nick currently resides in New York, where he freelances both as a photographer and as a writer. His art can be viewed online at

Kim Badawi, a freelance photojournalist of French, Egyptian and Slovenian background, was born in Paris, France in 1980. He studied at l’ Ecole Superieure des Arts Graphiques, in Paris. He ultimately graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2003, from the School of Visual Arts, in Manhattan. While working as a photo assistant at Magnum Photos, Contact Press Images and Time Inc, in New York City, he participated in various group exhibitions in both Manhattan and Washington DC. In 2005, he covered the plight of surviving refugees’ families from Mississippi to Texas during the Hurricane Katrina disaster. As of recently, Kim is a recent alumnus of the Documentary and Photojournalism Certificate program at the International Center of Photography in New York. Kim's work has appeared in magazines such as Newsweek, Rolling Stones Magazine, New York Magazine, La Repubblica XL Magazine, Politeken Magazine, Sabado Magazine, NOX Magazine, Epsilon, The Texas Observer, The Sun, The Guardian, and broadcasts such as BBC UK, MSNBC, and CNN. Kim is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Italian but also has a clear knowledge of Arabic and Slovenian worldwide using multiple citizenships.

Betsy Bell lives in Brooklyn, New York. She shoots much of her fine-art photography with a plastic Holga camera, which is known for its simple structure and serendipitous light leaks. Her shooting technique, which includes blurring hard edges and creating distorted bands of light, is used to explore the emotional underbelly of her subject matter. Her images render dreamlike and surreal. Betsy recently completed a month long residency at Art-at-the-Bridge in West Cornwall, CT. She has had solo shows both in New York City and Grand Rapids, Michigan, and she has participated in a number of group shows both in and outside of New York. Her work was recently published in Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity.

Jude Vela Diallo, a multimedia artist, was born in Manhattan and raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands in St. Croix. He recently graduated from New York University with a B.S. in Digital Communications and Media with a concentration in Film and Video Production. Jude, a self described sketch artist, fell in love with the art of Photography, and shoots Black and White Film, develops his own negatives and his own prints. He met the love of his life Lonne Dickerson on MySpace and flew out to California to see her and is now a new resident of Seal Beach. Jude is now spreading love, building L.W.E.M.P.H (Live Wire Enterprise Multimedia Publishing House), NYC Public Sketch Art Gallery and making Sketch Plates.

Joanna Ebenstein is a photographer and graphic designer living in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Her photography has appeared in numerous group and juried shows, and will be featured in an upcoming solo show, a photographic survey of medical museums entitled "Anatomical Theatre." She has contributed photography to The New York Times, NPR, V Magazine, K48 Magazine, Soft Skull Press, and The Museum of the Moving Image, among others. You can view some of her work at

Melanie Einzig lives in New York City. She completed an MA in photography at New York University and the International Center of Photography. From 1997 to 1999 she worked for the Associated Press in New York and since then she has been freelance, photographing a combination of editorial, portraiture and event photography as well as continuing personal projects. Her photos have appeared in many national and international newspapers and magazines including the New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker. Since 1995, her personal work has been exhibited in several group shows, at the Ariel Meyerowitz gallery in New York and The Van Brunt Gallery in Beacon, NY. Her photos are included in the collections of Art Institute of Chicago, SF MOMA’s e-space, Princeton University Museum and other private collections. In 1997 she received the Aaron Siskind Foundation Fellowship for her project titled "Midtown." Melanie is presently working on a street photography related book exploring who we are as Americans and how we display our identity in our shared spaces.

Felipe Garcia was born in Puerto Rico, and is a self-taught photographer. "Creating images allows me to to show my love for what I like and respect," he says. "Making pictures gives me a sense of freedom and the opportunity to share a part of me with others. The satisfaction I derive from my work comes from the response of the viewer, and also from a combination of technical, cultural, nostalgic and personal elements." In 2007, he had a one-man show entitled "Ritmos Surenos: Bomba, Plena y Ponce - an exploration of Puerto Rico's African roots" at Hostis Art Gallery. He also participated in the "Images of Dignity" show, held at the Museum of the Arts in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

Leslie Granda-Hill is a versatile freelance photographer whose work has appeared in movies such as “The Devil Wears Prada”, the upcoming “Baby Mama” and TV’s “Law and Order SVU”. She has a degree in Fashion Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology and is continuing her education at The International Center of Photography in New York City. She has won many international and regional recognitions, most recently the grand prize winner of the “Capture Inspiration” contest sponsored by Janovic Plaza. She has exhibited and won top honors in many juried art shows. Her collection of abstract images entitled “Tapistre” was recently on exhibit at the Paula Barr Chelsea gallery. In September 2007, she will have a solo exhibition called “Condemned: The Last Days of the Essex County Penitentiary”, documenting the demise of this 19th century building. This is part of photo documentary project Leslie is working on entitled “Condemned Places”, that captures historical buildings before they are demolished and their beauty disappears forever. She is a member of “Professional Woman Photographers” in NYC. Leslie excels in digital capture and manipulation and is also known for her photo illustrations that are meant to make the viewer look twice- sometimes the image isn’t what it first appears to be.

Gavin Guerra is an amateur photographer who has been taking pictures of different cultures and exotic locations for over 15 years. He finances this hobby by serving as a Visual Effects Supervisor in the Film and Television arena, creating and overseeing Computer Generated Imagery for such clients and products as McDonald's, Listerine, Olympus, MTV, Fox, Lexmark, and Panasonic, as well as feature films like "X2: X-men United" and "Vertical Limit". Having traveled the world extensively he keenly realizes that there is always more to see and learn, and he hopes to set foot on as much of the world as he realistically can.

Tania Guinsberg, was born in Brisbane, Australia, and has spent the last ten years traveling and photographing all over the world. She spent her twenties working with indigenous peoples in the outback and National Parks of Australia and there realized the connectedness of human interaction and the land. One of the recurring themes of her work has been that of indigenous cultures and their outward reflection of an inward spiritual path. Her photographs at the Buddhist Monastery in DUMBO are examples of communal moments of spiritual celebration and worship.

Marcia Bricker Halperin has been photographing in a documentary style since the 1970's. After having received an M.F.A. in Fine Arts from Brooklyn College she worked as a freelance photographer and instructor. Recently she has been engaging in documentary filmmaking, combining her vintage photographs and video footage to tell unique stories.

María Fernanda Hubeaut was born in the city of Santa Fe, Argentina. At the age of 15, she discovered her interest in documentary and artistic photography, and became fascinated by the infinite possibilities of communication and expression of the medium. María Fernanda received a Masters Degree in Communications and Arts from the National University of Entre Ríos, Paraná City, Argentina, were she organized and directed workshops in photojournalism for several years. Her graduate work focused on the use and education of the photographic image as language. She conducted research on various genres in photography for more than three years. Her work is strongly linked to reality, trying to capture emotions with delicate attention to the contrast of lights and shadows. In 1998, María Fernanda traveled around Europe and Latin America to reinforce her documentary experience and photographic interests. Two years later, she established herself in New York City working as a photographer and freelance writer for several publications and Spanish newspapers like "Hora Hispana," Daily News; "Nuestra Comunidad," Gannett New Jersey; "El Nuevo Día," Puerto Rico; "Poder;" and "Hispanic Magazine." Her work has been exhibited in several art galleries including Rutgers University, Soho Black and White Space, Café Galería Carlitos in Harlem, and previously, in various Argentine galleries in the cities of Santa Fe, Paraná, and Buenos Aires.

Noel Jefferson: Photojournalism has, since childhood, always interested me, but my true focus triggered on 9/11 during the WTC tragedies. Following a SoHo Group Exhibit, a dozen of my images traveled throughout the USA, and then Europe. After one image appeared at the MoMA, the dozen were selected for the NYC Main Library's permanent collection. One of my candid shots, photographed during the making of "Flannel Pajamas", became the poster for the film at the Sundance Film Festival and it also appeared in newspapers, magazines and represented the film in its Official Guide Book. My architectural images, primarily shot in Lower Manhattan, are now on exhibit at The South Street Seaport Cultural District, located at 206 Front Street, Corner of Beekman Street. Additionally, I am shooting the stills for my environmental documentary film I am writing and producing, about the excessive amount of diesel fuel storage in Tribeca.

Jenny Jozwiak conceived, produced and curated the "Diversity of Devotion" exhibit, and is also a participating photographer. Jenny has been a photographer for 24 years. Beginning as a newspaper and street photographer, she has since evolved into a art/travel photographer, visiting 37 countries so far. Her award winning portrait and travel work has been published internationally and collected by the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell and individual private collectors. Her work was exhibited in the United Nations as part of their indigenous peoples exhibit, and prior to that, Elliot Erwitt chose her work for the international "Celebration of Humanity" photography competition and traveling exhibit which opened in New York at the Vanderbilt Hall Gallery in Grand Central Station. Her work was included in one of the three hard-cover companion books (published by Harper Collins) entitled, "Family". Jenny was recently awarded an honorable mention from both the Gordon Parks Documentary Competition and from Michelle March of Aperture West, for the traveling exhibit, entitled: "Transformations". She was commissioned by the Queens Museum of Art to photograph religious diversity in Flushing, Queens for their upcoming exhibit on the Flushing Remonstrance. Jenny was selected by Cynthia Dantzic, to be one of the featured photographers in the upcoming hard cover art-book entitled, "100 New York Photographers" published by Schiffer Publications. Jenny has lectured about travel photography and presented her work at Columbia University, Barnard, CS First Boston, GAP Adventure Travel and The Learning Annex. She continues to teach photography privately.

Kitty Katz is a documentary photographer and writer whose work is inspired by the vast panorama of history and cultural diversity in her native New York. Her photographs and articles have been published and exhibited in the U.S. and internationally, most recently in the online venue Shabbat Shalom. Following a long tradition of street photographers whose images of everyday life illustrate human nature and changing times, her current series on Williamsburg is part of a larger visual exploration of Jewish New York that serendipitously coincided with the "Diversity of Devotion" project.

Stephanie Keith studied photography at the International Center of Photography and received a Master's in Photography from New York University. Upon graduation, she worked for a variety of newspapers including Newsday, the New York Daily News and the New York Times. She has been published in a variety of media including Time, Rolling Stone online, the Village Voice, Saudi Aramco World magazine, and the Speaking of Faith web site. Her work on Voudoo was also featured on NPR.

Simon Koo is a freelance photographer living in Queens. His experience in photography spans three years and for the last year has been working as a wedding photographer and photo assistant.

Jack Lasky was born in Russia, but for the last 33 years has lived in Australia. By profession he is an accountant, but has taken to photography during the past two years of my life and truly loves it!

Scott Lewis While many are drawn to the fringes, Scott finds a challenge among stories, issues and people more ordinary. He is known for making images that bring the exotic to the familiar, as well as connecting viewers to the more exotic. All assignments, whether they be news, features, sports, portraits or projects, big or small are taken as opportunities to grow. Major projects include essays on american suburbia and the role of spiritual and secular rituals to bind believers to their faith communities in the U.S. Scott has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts from the University of Missouri - Columbia's school of Journalism.

Soon Chung Lim is an amateur photographer with 5 years of experience. He has worked with non-profits in Singapore to document the Orang Asli (forest people) children from a village in Malaysia and an elephant hospital in Thailand. He currently lives in New York City.

Mary Ann Lynch, is an American photographer, writer, filmmaker and educator. Her artistic endeavors explore popular culture & the arts, ancestry and spiritually charged places. Over her 35-year career, she has received many honors and awards, had her work published and exhibited throughout the world, and appeared as guest artist, lecturer, juror and panelist at colleges and universities from New York to the far Pacific. In 2007 she received eight awards from the 5th Annual Lucies/International Photography Awards, professional division. Her work is in collections including the Center for Creative Photography, the Hawaii State Art Museum, the Honolulu Academy of the Arts, and the Leon Constantiner Collection. Lynch is also a prolific writer on popular culture and the arts, senior editor at Camera Arts, and a frequent portfolio reviewer on the national scene. Close to her heart is the Not for Profit Photography Network: Photographers Seeking Social Change, which she founded in 1998 and directs. She divides her time between New York City and the Saratoga area upstate.

Mark Manley, is a graduate of the Photo Journalism and Documentary Photography program at the International Center of Photography in New York City. He grew up during the later half of the Vietnam era and civil rights movement, and was deeply influenced by images of those events seen in LIFE magazine. His influences include the photographers Larry Burrows, Bruce Davidson, Robert Frank, Andre Lambertson, Christopher Morris, and Eugene Richards. He has been, and continues to be, profoundly influenced and inspired by his colleagues from ICP. Past work has included projects documenting the anti-war movement, surveillance and security in America post 9/11, New Orleans street musicians and long-term projects like “Scenes Inside the Botanica” a look inside Botanica shops that sell religious supplies catering to religions of Afro-Caribbean descent including Santeria and Voodoo. Prior to photography, Mark’s previous professional incarnations have included many years in mental health work and a prolonged stint in corporate America.

Tammy Meadows has been a freelance photographer for the past 10 years. She specializes in event photography, photojournalism and capturing cultural events. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Omar Mullick was born and raised in London. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he obtained a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He spent six years in fashion photography and the commercial film industry before turning to documentary photography. Since then his work on Muslim Americans has appeared in the New York Times and National Geographic, winning awards with the Western Knight Center for Journalism and Annenberg, along with recognition from the American Academy of Religion. He is currently working on a long-term photography project on Muslims in the West.

JuAnne Ng studied photography at the Fashion Institute of Technology where she learned the technical aspects of operating different types of cameras, lighting, printing techniques and basic composition rules. It was invigorating being around people who were creative and who wanted to push their own creative boundaries. After experimenting with photography in fashion and beauty, she realized that telling real-life based stories of people and places was the photography she enjoyed the most. Not only is it challenging to tell a story in one image but to do so in under different variables such as the environment and the subjects keeps this photographer technically and creatively challenged.


Katharine Quevedo is a Guatemalan graphic designer and writer who lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Nura Qureshi was born and raised in Germany, moved to the San Francisco Bay Area when she was eighteen to study photography and has lived in Brooklyn since 2003. She was immediately drawn to portrait photography because of the challenge in creating an intimate connection between herself and her subject and the potential to capture revealing, if fleeting, emotions. The power of photography, and of the compelling image which tells a story, is one of two major inspirations behind Nura Qureshi’s work. The camera is also a ticket and an excuse to enter new worlds that would otherwise be inaccessible. The combination of these two forces has lead Nura to photograph drug dealers and hop-hop artists in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood, native inhabitants of the Peruvian Amazon and the Bofgvlivia Altiplano, homeless New Yorkers living underground in New York City’s subway system, and the culture of boxing rings across the country. She is currently working on an exhibition that will be shown in Germany.

Courtenay Morgan Redis Raised in the suburbs of New York City, Courtenay's first formal instruction in photography was a darkroom class while at school at the University of Notre Dame. After graduation, she moved west and worked for more than 10 years as a social worker, while also taking pictures of the homeless families with whom she worked so that they would have photos of themselves (something most never had before). She went on to assist photographers Elizabeth Opalenik, Donna Ferrato and James Nachtwey; and study at the International Center of Photography in NYC. Courtenay is now working as a freelance photojournalist and doing an extended personal project on elite Ethiopian runners living in the Bronx.

Nadia Sablin was born in Leningrad, in the Soviet Union. Having emigrated to the United States as a child, nadia grew up as an American, developing a strong interest in the arts and photography. After receiving a BFA in photo illustration at the Rochester Institute of Technology, she moved to the former Soviet Union to document its changing culture. The world she remembered from her childhood was being slowly replaced by franchises and brand names. For two years, she worked on recording what was left of the old world. Currently, nadia sablin is based in New York City, where she works as a freelance photographer.

Kathy Shorr I was born in Brooklyn and grew up in both Brooklyn & Queens. I have lived in Manhattan since I turned 18. I attended the School of Visual Arts for undergraduate studies and NYU for graduate studies in fine arts and photography. I became a Teaching Fellow in the NYC public schools and teach art at a public high school in Manhattan. I am also the founder of Summer in the City, a group that brings children from New Orleans to NYC for a week of art, culture and fun. My photo work is primarily documentary. I am interested in telling a story and looking at cultural differences and similarities. I am currently involved with two projects "ExArt" and "63 Scholes Street". My images have appeared in the Visa Pour L'Image Show in Pepignan France, Howard Greenberg Gallery, Visual Arts Gallery, Tunnel Gallery, Sariedo Gallery, The Salon, Eleven Ten Gallery as well as newspapers and magazines.

Mindy Stricke started making photographs in 2001 when she became happily downsized from her corporate job, and hasn't stopped. She studied photography at the International Center of Photography in New York City, and has shown her work nationally. To balance the often solitary experience of making art, she also shoots portraits and develops community art workshops. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Time Magazine, Time Out NY, and Newsweek, among others. She divides her time between Toronto and New York City.

Jacqueline L. Patten - Van Sertima My introduction to photography began when I was about nine years of age. My elder brother, Ronald, was an inherently multi-gifted artist, thus a "natural" as a photographer. Our father's pen and pencil drawings lined the entranceway to our home. So, my indoctrination into the arts was, possibly, a natural progression for me, as well. Though I successfully pursued academic avenues of formal study, the arts always remained an intricate part of my life. With luck on my side, I worked with Max Waldman, a giant in the field of theatre and dance photography, studied under Roy DeCarava, professor and inspirational master photographer and enjoyed the camaraderie of award-winning Reginald Wickham, who breathes love and excitement into his work every moment of his life. Although in awe of each mentor's work and style, I did not wish to emulate, but to use their instruction to become unique in my own right. They, in kind, appreciated and encouraged my independence and self expression. As a fine art photographer, my specialty is hand-painted black and white (film) photography, a very time-consuming, focus-intensive process. My work is primarily, sociologically based. The objective of my positive images is to expand awareness, thus providing incentive for inner growth and, ultimately, social change. My presentations have been well received and recognized for, both, content and technical artistry.

Chris Vilardi, a native New Yorker, received his B.F.A. from Parsons School of Design in New York City and has studied art at The State University Of New York at Farmingdale and The University of Houston. He has exhibited his paintings and sculpture in numerous galleries and private collections in the United States, Europe and Australia. His most recent commission "The Epiphany of Saint Ignatius", is a ten-foot tall bronze and granite sculpture. One of an edition of two, the sculptures were installed on the northwest corner of Columbus and 60th street in Manhattan, N.Y.C on November of 2005.

Julian Voloj is a German-born photographer and writer who explores aspects of identity and heritage in his work. His photos appeared in various newspapers and magazines such as the New York Post, PresenTense Magazine and the Brooklynite. In 2006, the Forward commissioned Voloj to portray prominent New Yorkers such as Edgar Bronfman and Ed Koch for its anniversary book "A Living Lens" (Norton 2007). Voloj lives in Sunnyside, Queens.



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