Jun 122024

Deep Dive: “Solutions Photography”

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We’re too used to hearing about the problems. But how can we work towards solutions to those problems? Welcome to Solutions Photography.

Speakers: Kriston Jae Bethel Dee Dwyer Andrea Morales

Moderators: Mikhael Simmonds

Location: Online

Presented by:

  • Photoville
  • Diversify Photo

Supported by:

  • Leica Camera

We’re too used to hearing about the problems. But how can we work towards solutions to those problems? Join us for an in-depth discussion of Solutions Photography, and what it means to create imagery focused on making change.

Diversify Photo and Photoville present Deep Dive, a series of professional development workshops supported by Leica Camera! Photography and photojournalism are forever evolving, and we are here to examine and celebrate approaches that go beyond the surface. These panel discussions will cover the intricacies of long-term story creation; the strategies for working better with communities that have experienced trauma; and the methodology behind journalism that focuses on solutions, not just problems.

Speaker Bios

  • Kriston Jae Bethel

  • Dee Dwyer

    Dee Dwyer

    Dee Dwyer is a powerful force in the world of photography, curation, and directing raised in the roaring Southeast, Washington, D.C. Known for her inspiring images, Dwyer’s dedication to collecting and sharing stories has earned her the well-deserved title of “The Visual Voice for the People” in her community. Her commitment to showcasing the full spectrum of human existence, with humanity at the forefront, has become her driving force. Dee’s visuals are a window into the souls of people, revealing their adversities, truths, beauty, and culture. In 2024, the National Gallery of Art released a documentary showing the parallels between Dee Dwyer and renowned photographer Dorothea Lange’s photography work. In 2021, she delivered a thought-provoking TEDx talk in collaboration with the University of Washington, titled, “Putting Humanity First within the Media Industry.” Her work has graced the walls of prestigious institutions, including The Phillips Collection, The National Building Museum, PhotoSCHWEIZ, Catchlight, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, and The MLK Library, among many others. Her visuals are in esteemed publications such as Vogue, Rolling Stone, National Geographic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, BET, The Guardian, Bloomberg Businessweek, NPR, and more. She continues her journey of storytelling focusing on humanity.

    Photo by Amber Aisha

  • Andrea Morales

Moderator Bios


  • Photoville


    Founded in 2011 in Brooklyn, NY, Photoville was built on the principles of addressing cultural equity and inclusion, which we are always striving for, by ensuring that the artists we exhibit are diverse in gender, class, and race.

    In pursuit of its mission, Photoville produces an annual, city-wide open air photography festival in New York City, a wide range of free educational community initiatives, and a nationwide program of public art exhibitions.

    By activating public spaces, amplifying visual storytellers, and creating unique and highly innovative exhibition and programming environments, we join the cause of nurturing a new lens of representation.

    Through creative partnerships with festivals, city agencies, and other nonprofit organizations, Photoville offers visual storytellers, educators, and students financial support, mentorship, and promotional & production resources, on a range of exhibition opportunities.

    For more information about Photoville visit,

  • Diversify Photo

    Diversify Photo

    Diversify Photo is a community of BIPOC and non-Western photographers, editors, and visual producers working to break with the predominantly colonial and patriarchal eye through which history and the media have recorded the images of our time.

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