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An Evening with The New York Times

New York Times photographers and editors will share highlights from their coverage of some of the year’s most visually compelling stories. Some of the photographers and editors who created Sources of Self-Regard: Self-Portraits From Black Photographers Reflecting on America will discuss their work.

Presenters: Gaia Tripoli Mikko Takkunen Todd Heisler Jolie Ruben Deborah Willis Miranda Barnes Erik Carter Rahim Fortune Jackie Molloy Deanna Donegan Erica Moffett Jim Wilson

Location: Online

Presented by:

  • The New York Times

Supported by:

  • Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation
  • PhotoWings

Photoville 2020 Talks On-demand recordings are made possible in partnership with PhotoWings with additional support by the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation.

New York Times photographers and editors will share highlights from their coverage of some of the year’s most visually compelling stories. Some of the photographers and editors who created Sources of Self-Regard: Self-Portraits From Black Photographers Reflecting on America will discuss their work.

Photographer Jackie Molloy will talk about her long term documentary project Single Moms by Choice. Photo editors involved in The Great Empty will give a behind-the-scenes look at what it was like to collaborate on a project that included assignments all over the world.

Presenter Bios

  • Gaia Tripoli

  • Mikko Takkunen

  • Todd Heisler

    Todd Heisler

    Todd Heisler is a New York Times staff photographer based in New York City. His work often explores major news stories and how they affect the lives of individuals. In recent years he traveled the U.S. extensively—photographing stories around immigration and elections. During the pandemic he remained in New York, documenting the impact of the coronavirus across the city while, like all journalists, living the story himself.

    Heisler’s dogged commitment to this story is evident in other major COVID-19 coverage throughout the crisis. “The New York City of Our Imagination” is a visual contemplation of city life during the pandemic; “The Epicenter” documented Elmhurst, Queens—a neighborhood ravaged by COVID-19.

    In 2006, as a staff photographer for the Rocky Mountain News, Heisler received the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography, as well as other recognitions for “Final Salute,” a project that examined the life of a Marine Casualty Assistance Officer and the families of Marines killed in the Iraq War. In 2010, he won a National News and Documentary Emmy as the sole photographer for “One in 8 Million,” a New York Times multimedia project that profiled 54 New Yorkers every week for a year.

  • Jolie Ruben

    Jolie Ruben

    Jolie Ruben has been a photo editor on the Culture desk at The New York Times since 2014. She works primarily on photography for the Times’s film and pop music coverage. Since 2019, she has also overseen the photography for Surfacing, a New York Times visuals-driven series that explores the intersection of art and life. Before the Times, she was a photo editor at SPIN Magazine and Time Out New York.

  • Deborah Willis

    Deborah Willis

    Photographer Deborah Willis, Ph.D, is University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where she teaches courses on photography, iconicity, and cultural histories visualizing the black body, women, and gender.

    Her research examines photography’s multifaceted histories, visual culture, the photographic history of Slavery and Emancipation, and contemporary women photographers and beauty. She received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.

    Willis is the author of Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present, and co-author of The Black Female Body: A Photographic History, Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery; and Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs (both titles are NAACP Image Award Winners).

    Professor Willis’s curated exhibitions include: In Pursuit of Beauty: Imaging Closets in Newark and Beyond at Express Newark, Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits at the International Center of Photography, and Reframing Beauty: Intimate Moments at Indiana University.

    Since 2006, she has co-organized thematic conferences exploring imaging of the black body in the West, such as the conference titled Black Portraiture[s] which was held in Johannesburg in 2016. Professor Willis’s work has appeared in group and solo exhibitions domestically and abroad.

  • Miranda Barnes

    Miranda Barnes

    Miranda Barnes was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1994. She received her B.A. in Humanities and Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in spring 2018. A participant of The New York Portfolio Review in 2017, Barnes has garnered attention to her work, focusing on race, politics and the notions surrounding American culture. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions at FotoFocus Biennial (Kentucky) and at A-Type Gallery (New York). Her previous clients include The New York Times, TIME, Vice, and ‘The Undefeated’ by ESPN. Additionally, her work has also been featured on Art News, The Huffington Post, Nylon Magazine, i-D, and Buzzfeed. Currently, she resides and works in Brooklyn.

  • Erik Carter

  • Rahim Fortune

  • Jackie Molloy

    Jackie Molloy is an internationally published visual journalist based in New York City. Her work ranges widely from fashion and portraiture, to editorial work and intimate storytelling. Jackie’s photos explore modern families confronting challenges, including transgender rights, fertility issues, foster care, and disability. She is interested in the exploration of how these issues shape family dynamics.

  • Deanna Donegan

  • Erica Moffett

  • Jim Wilson


  • The New York Times

    The New York Times

    Since 1851, the New York Times has been on the ground reporting stories from around the globe that no one else was telling. How we tell those stories has changed, but our mission to seek the truth and help people understand the world has remained constant.

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