What does it mean to enter into collaboration in the photographic process? Join us to hear five women talk about their projects and practices that are rooted in working with others.
Location: St. Ann’s Warehouse
Photoville Talks at St. Ann’s Warehouse are produced by United Photo Industries and supported in part by PhotoWings and the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation.
Cinthya Santos Briones, Jasmin Chang, Gabriella Demczuk, Hannah Price, and Karen Miranda Rivadeneira are five photographers who have often woven the vision and voices of others into their projects, by collaborating with those they photograph, working with archival materials, teaming up with other artists, and fundamentally engaging communities in telling their own stories.
Join us to learn more about how photographers can create collaboratively, and open up a solitary discipline to new ways of photographing.
Before becoming a documentary photographer and photojournalist, Cinthya Santos Briones studied anthropology and ethnohistory, which led her to work as a researcher at different institutions in Mexico, focused on the study of indigenous and rural communities. Her interest in documentary photography emerged through the ethnographic work she has done as an anthropologist in the indigenous communities of Mexico. She has documented ceremonial and healing rituals, immigration, and the new transnational lives of migrants in New York.
Since then, her work has been influenced by the struggle for human rights, focusing on issues of migration, gender, and identity. The complex relationship between homeland, immigration, memory, and self-representation has been at the center of her work.
Cinthya graduated from the Visual Journalism and Documentary Practice Program at the International Center of Photography in New York City.
In the autumn of 2016, she received a fellowship grant from the Magnum Foundation, and an En Foco photography fellowship in 2017. Cinthya has published her work in The New York Times, PDN, La Jornada, The California Sunday Magazine, VOGUE, Open Society Foundations, BuzzFeed, The Nation Magazine, among others. She was twice a fellow of the State Fund for Culture and the Arts of México (FONCA).
In 2018, Cinthya became a grantee of the Magnum Foundation, and of National Geographic, with the project: Ethnographic Mosaic of Migrant Children Experiences in the Americas. Cinthya has worked in pro-immigrant organizations in New York as a community organizer, and as an adjunct faculty at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. She is co-author of the book The Indigenous Worldview and its Representations in Textiles of the Nahua community of Santa Ana Tzacuala, Hidalgo.
Jasmin Chang is a Taiwanese-American artist and organizer who grew up in California and has called New York City home since 2011. Her practice explores photography, storytelling and art-making as portals to connect people. She spearheaded Photoville’s education and community initiatives for its first ten years. She is a member of Friends of Commodore Barry Park and the Fort Greene Park Conservancy.
Gabriella Demczuk is a Lebanese-American photographer, printmaker, and journalist based between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Maryland. Born in Sweden but raised in Luxembourg, Belgium, and later the United States, she studied fine arts and journalism at George Washington University, and photography at Parsons School of Art and Design in Paris.
Gabriella has been recognized by the White House News Photographers Association, American Photography, as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, POLITICO Playbook’s Power List, and by Pictures of the Year International (POYi). Gabriella was named a finalist for the Inge Morath award from the Magnum Foundation, she was selected as an Emerging Talent by Getty Images Reportage, and as one of PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers of 2018. She was recently selected as the British Journal of Photography’s Ones to Watch for 2019.
Raised in Fort Collins, Colorado, Hannah Price (b. 1986) is a photographic artist and filmmaker primarily interested in documenting relationships, race politics, and misperception. Price is internationally known for her project City of Brotherly Love (2009-2012), a series of photographs of the men who catcalled her on the streets of Philadelphia. In 2014, Price graduated from Yale School of Art’s MFA photography program, receiving the Richard Benson Prize for Excellence in Photography. Over the past nine years, Price’s photos have been displayed in several cities across the United States with a few residing in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Price became a Magnum nominee member in 2020 and currently lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.
Karen Miranda-Rivadeneira is an Ecuadorian-American photographer currently living between New Mexico and New York. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2005. During that time, she focused on performance art, and trance states. In pursuit of these interests, she has collaborated with indigenous communities and members of her family to create photo-based projects.
From the Mam to the Mandaeans, she has spent more than a decade living between the Amazon, the Andean highlands, and New York City.
Karen has been exhibited widely, in places like the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Musée du Quai Branly biennial, where she received an artist-in-residence fellowship in 2017. She has had solo shows in New York City, and her book Other Stories/Historia Bravas was published in 2018 by Autograph ABP, about her collaborative photographic project with her family.
Women Photograph is a non-profit that launched in 2017 to elevate the voices of women and nonbinary visual journalists. The private database includes more than 1,300 independent documentary photographers based in 115 countries, and is available privately to any commissioning editor or organization. Women Photograph also operates an annual series of project grants, a year-long mentorship program, an annual skills-building workshop, and collects data on hiring and publishing statistics within the industry. Those numbers continue to affirm that only about 15-20 percent of visibly working news photographers are women, even though women make up roughly 75 percent of photography and photojournalism students globally. Our mission is to shift the makeup of the photojournalism community and ensure that our industry’s chief storytellers are as diverse as the communities they hope to represent.