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Then & Now: Photographers Repicturing Their Archive in 2020

Photographers Sheila Pree Bright (Atlanta, U.S.A.), Yolanda Escobar Jiménez (Quito, Ecuador), Brian Otieno (Nairobi, Kenya), and Xiaojie Ouyang (Wuhan, China), discuss what it was like to return to places they had photographed before and make new photographs.

Presenters: Sheila Pree Bright Yolanda Escobar Jiménez Brian Otieno Xiaojie Ouyang

Moderators: Christy Havranek Elie Gardner

Location: Online

Presented by:

  • The Everyday Projects
  • HuffPost
  • RYOT

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.

This year–amidst the compounded pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism, amidst global social upheaval–thirteen photographers returned to places and moments they have photographed before, to make new images and record the visual impact of 2020. Their photographs reveal evolutions in our interactions and traditions, how we use (or have stopped using) public spaces, inequality and unrest, economic strain, and demands for justice.

Photographers Sheila Pree Bright (Atlanta, U.S.A.), Yolanda Escobar Jiménez (Quito, Ecuador), Brian Otieno (Nairobi, Kenya), and Xiaojie Ouyang (Wuhan, China), discuss what it was like to return to places they had photographed before and make new photographs.

Moderated by Christy Havranek of HuffPost, and Elie Gardner of The Everyday Projects, they will discuss their findings, their photographs, why they chose those specific places, and what their photographs may tell us as we collectively look for a roadmap to our futures.

These four photographers also had their work made into an Augmented Reality photo exhibition that viewers can see in the comfort of their own homes through their phones. They will discuss what it meant to them to create that intimate, additional layer to their storytelling.


Presenter Bios

  • Sheila Pree Bright

    Sheila Pree Bright

    Sheila Pree Bright is an acclaimed international photographic artist who portrays large-scale works that combine a wide-range of knowledge of contemporary culture. She is known for her works, “#1960Now” and “Suburbia,” as well as Young Americans, and Plastic Bodies.

    Bright is the author of “#1960Now: Photographs of Civil Rights Activists and Black Lives Matter Protests,” published by Chronicle Book. The work is a feature in the New York Times. She has also appeared in the 2016 feature-length documentary film “Election Day: Lens Across America.” Her series have been exhibited at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., the Art Gallery of Hamilton in Ontario, Canada, and the Leica Gallery in New York.

    Bright is the recipient of several nominations and awards. Recently, she has been awarded the commission at the High Museum of Art for Picturing the South. Her work is included in numerous private and public collections, to name a few: the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., the Microsoft Art Collection in Redmond, Washington, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland, Ohio, and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Yolanda Escobar Jiménez

    Yolanda Escobar Jiménez

    Yolanda Escobar Jiménez is a Mexican-born photographer now based in Ecuador. Her work is focused on sports, travel, and documentary. She has been published in Smithsonian Journeys, Vanity Fair on Travel, Sports Illustrated, and more, and books including Hack The Future for Facebook Latin America. She often travels within Latin America, photographing everyday life for media, foundations, and nonprofits. She has been on the jury of POYLatam and Fotoperiodismo por la Paz Juan Antonio Serrano awards. Yolanda is a contributor to Everyday Latin America and Everyday Ecuador, and is on the Advisory Board of The Everyday Projects.

  • Brian Otieno

    Brian Otieno

    Brian Otieno is deeply committed to sharing stories from his community and his country that rarely make it into the international news. Since 2013, Brian has dedicated his time and energy to bring to light the unseen side of his hometown of Kibera, which is often portrayed as a place of poverty, violence, and disease. Through his project Kibera Stories, he focuses his lenses on a broader spectrum of life where hope, resilience, ambition, and a sense of community prevail. Brian is committed to depolarizing and humanizing the traditional narrative that distorts how underprivileged communities are perceived and defined. He is a contributing photographer to Everyday Africa.

  • Xiaojie Ouyang

    Xiaojie Ouyang

    Xiaojie Ouyang is an independent photographer based in Wuhan, China, whose work focuses on humanity by exploring and photographing the hardness and happiness of people living in her home city.

Moderator Bios

  • Christy Havranek

    Christy Havranek

    Christy Havranek is the Photo Director at HuffPost, where she manages a team of photo editors and photographers, oversees production of commissioned and in-house photography, and collaborates across the newsroom to elevate visual storytelling. With twenty years of experience in photography, she has worked across multiple industries including book publishing, television, fashion, and editorial. In 2017, Christy launched commissioned photography at HuffPost, a first for the news outlet. Recently, she has juried photo exhibits with the Center for Fine Art Photography, LENSCRATCH, and Photo Place Gallery, among others, and in 2019 she was an editorial mentor in the Women Photograph’s mentorship program. She is a juror for Photolucida Critical Mass 2020.

  • Elie Gardner

    Elie Gardner

    Elie Gardner is a photojournalist, filmmaker, and graduate student in global development based in Mandal, Norway. Previously, she worked as a multimedia editor and photographer at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and as a freelance photojournalist and filmmaker in Istanbul, Turkey, and Lima, Peru. She is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism, co-founder of Everyday Latin America, and member of The Everyday Projects Community Team. Elie was awarded Best Documentary Short Film at the Verona International Film Festival in 2019. Her work has been featured by Al Jazeera, PRI’s The World, Der Spiegel, and The New York Times, among others.


  • The Everyday Projects

    The Everyday Projects

    The Everyday Projects uses photography to challenge stereotypes that distort our understanding of the world. We are creating new generations of storytellers and audiences that recognize the need for multiple perspectives in portraying the cultures that define us.

    We began 10 years ago with Everyday Africa. Since then, we have become a global community of visual storytellers — documentary photographers, journalists, artists, and more — all committed to using imagery to combat harmful misperceptions and to rise above persistent inequality. As a non-profit, we work to provide opportunities for our global community and to provide structure, support, and direction for the diverse and worldwide range of Everyday photography groups.

    We believe in amplifying local voices and in shifting power away from monolithic narratives dominated by a Western, top-down approach to storytelling. We work toward a future of photojournalism and visual storytelling that is inclusive and anti-racist.

  • HuffPost


    At HuffPost, we report with empathy, and put people at the heart of every story. We consider the needs, passions, and curiosity of our readers in all of our journalism. If something matters to our readers, it matters to us.

  • RYOT


    RYOT is Verizon Media’s Emmy Award® winning content studio and innovation lab that brings astonishing storytelling, immersive experiences and groundbreaking technology to every corner of the world. In 2020, RYOT and Verizon Media launched Verizon Media Immersive, the largest online XR platform for advertising and content. From augmented reality, to virtual reality, and mixed reality, Verizon Media Immersive allows partners, advertisers, and Verizon Media’s portfolio of brands to create one-of-a-kind experiences, by seamlessly connecting the physical and digital world. Five photographs from this project can be viewed in augmented reality, powered by Verizon Media Immersive.

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