Eight women photographers from The Everyday Projects discuss their group project published in National Geographic about the impact of migration on women worldwide, touching on themes such as working in collaboration, photographing your own community, and uncovering the nuance of issues often stereotyped in the media.
Moderators: Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel
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With National Geographic photo editor Jennifer Samuel as moderator, eight women photographers from The Everyday Projects discuss their group project published in National Geographic Magazine about the impact of migration on women worldwide. In a dynamic discussion, Amrita Chandradas, Danielle Villasana, Ksenia Kuleshova, Miora Rajaonary, Mridula Amin, Nichole Sobecki, Saiyna Bashir, and Thana Faroq touch on themes such as working in collaboration, photographing your own community, and uncovering the nuance of issues often stereotyped in the media. From Singapore and Honduras to South Africa and Yemen, our stories spanning nearly 15 communities around the globe show the massive scope of how social, economic, political, and climate issues among many others are pushing and pulling women from their homes.
Amrita Chandradas is a Singaporean documentary photographer based in Southeast Asia whose work primarily focuses on identity, environment, human rights, and social issues.
Danielle Villasana is a photojournalist based in Istanbul whose documentary work focuses on human rights, gender, displacement, and health around the world. She’s a National Geographic Explorer, a Women Photograph grantee, a Magnum Foundation awardee, and an International Women’s Media Foundation fellow.
Danielle strongly believes in pairing photography with education and community. She’s co-founder of We, Women, an Authority Collective board member on The Everyday Projects’ Community Team, and a Photo Bill of Rights co-author. She’s also a member of Women Photograph and Ayün Fotógrafas.
Ksenia Kuleshova is a documentary photographer based in Germany, Belgium, and her native Russia where she’s currently working on a long-term project about the LGBTQ+ community.
Miora Rajaonary is a documentary photographer born and raised in Madagascar whose work focuses on identity and social issues in contemporary Africa.
Mridula Amin is a Dhaka-born Australian photojournalist based in Sydney whose work focuses on exploring identity, migration, and social justice in the Asia-Pacific region.
Nichole Sobecki brings attention to humanity’s fraught, intimate, and ultimately unbreakable connection to the natural world through her documentary photography.
Born in New York, she has lived in Nairobi for the past decade. In 2016, Sobecki began her body of work Where Our Land Was, which investigates the human consequences of significant environmental change in Somalia.
Sobecki’s photography has been recognized by the ASME Award, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights prize, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award, Pictures of the Year, the One World Media Awards, and the Alexandra Boulat Award for Photojournalism, among others.
Her photography has been exhibited at the United Nations Headquarters and Photoville in New York City, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture in San Francisco, the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris, the Nikola Rukaj Gallery in Toronto, and beyond.
Sobecki is represented internationally by the photo agency VII, and is a member of Women Photograph and Everyday Africa. She is currently exploring the vital role the Congo Basin plays in the ecological balance of our planet as a National Geographic Explorer.
Saiyna Bashir is a Pakistani photojournalist currently based in Islamabad. The overarching themes of most of her long-term projects and publications include ethnic violence, healthcare, migration, climate change, and women from vulnerable communities.
Thana Faroq is a Yemeni photographer and educator based in the Netherlands. Her work mirrors her life and provides a visual echo of her voice as she negotiates themes of memory, boundaries, and trauma.
Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel is a photo editor at National Geographic, where she commissions and produces stories for the History and Culture desk. She edited many of the stories in the magazine’s 2019-2020 series highlighting women and the 2018 series on race and diversity. In 2019, Samuel received second place as POYI’s magazine media visual editor of the year. Prior to joining National Geographic, she oversaw public programming for Photoville and managed Anastasia Photo gallery and Hank Willis Thomas’ studio. She was a co-founder and curator of the Brooklyn Photo Salon.
After studying anthropology and photography at New York University, Jennifer was a Peace Corps volunteer on the Caribbean island of Dominica. She received her Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs, with a focus on economic development and media. Brooklyn, NY will always be home but Jennifer currently resides in Washington, D.C.
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.