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Emma Gonzalez is based in South Florida, where she has been a freelance photographer for the past 8 years. Emma studied at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Emma has been practicing yoga since she was a teenager, and is currently working toward becoming a registered Yoga Teacher.

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Chris Faytok has worked as a photographer for the Newark Star Ledger since 1996. He has covered major sporting events all over the world including the summer and winter Olympic Games, numerous World Series, Stanley Cup Finals, NBA Finals, World Cup Soccer, college bowl games and Super Bowls. He has won National awards including the National Press Photographers Association’s Best of Photojournalism and the National Headliners Awards. Chris lives with his wife Kristen and daughter Addison in Fords, NJ.

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In Elbert’s own words: I had front row seats to an imploding dot-bomb named ibeauty dot com. My title was Producer. That was only the first 6-months after I had snatched my diploma from East Lansing. Looking for greener pastures, I became routinely responsible for trading millions of dollars of infamously illiquid biotech equities and derivatives. Five years into this, the head of an orphanage in Kathmandu asked me to help initiate and establish a medical clinic in rural Nepal. Wielding no understanding for what was entailed, I took a one and a half month journey to be educated by NGOs in Nepal and northern India. I documented this trip with images that I used to report back. I quickly learned the power of these images to move, illuminate, and bring awareness to a subject. The medical clinic was established and self-sustaining in six months. After Katrina struck New Orleans, I found myself in Texas helping relief efforts for the thousands who found shelter in the Astrodome. This time, I was much more intentional in documenting the story. Yet, I was aware that I undoubtedly required more intentional and serious training. Towards this end, I have been apprenticing with Eugene Smith grant winning documentary photographer Marc Asnin for over one year, and worked with him over at Redux Pictures. I am currently freelancing in New York City with assignments ranging from newspaper to commercial clients.

I strive to explore the humanity in us all that wrestles between the tension of despair and hope.

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Alan Chin For the past ten years photojournalist Alan Chin has covered conflicts in Iraq, Bosnia, and Kosovo, Afghanistan, Central Asia, and the Middle East. In September of 2005 Chin made the first of many trips to photograph the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and Mississippi. He contributes reguarly to the New York Times, Newsweek, and Time Magazine. The New York Times nominated his Kosovo coverage for the Pulitzer Prize twice, in 1999 and 2000. Alan is represented by The Sasha Wolf Gallery in New York City and is a featured contributor to BagNewsNotes.

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Chris Hondros was born in 1970 in New York to immigrant Greek and German parents, both survivors of World War II, and moved to North Carolina as a child.  After studying English Literature in North Carolina and taking a Masters degree at Ohio University, Hondros returned to New York to concentrate on international reporting.  He’s covered most of the world’s major conflicts since the late 1990s, including wars in Kosovo, Angola, Sierra Leone, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Kashmir, the West Bank, the Republic of Georgia, Iraq, and Liberia.  He is a senior staff photographer for Getty Images, and his work frequently is published in the leading newspapers and magazines of the US, Europe, and Asia.

hondrosHondros, has received dozens of awards, including multiple honors from World Press Photo in Amsterdam, the Pictures of the Year Competition, the Visa Pour L’Image in France, and the John Faber award from the Overseas Press Club.   In 2004 Hondros was a Nominated Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Spot News Photography for his work in Liberia, and in 2006 he won the Robert Capa Gold Medal, war photography’s highest honor, for his work in Iraq.  He’s also been named a 2007 “Hero of Photography” by American Photo magazine.

In addition to his photography, Hondros is a frequent essayist on issues of war, and regularly pens essays for the Virginia Quarterly Review, Editor and Publisher, The Digital Journalist, and other publications.   Hondros and his work have been profiled in Smithsonian magazine,  the New York Times, and Newsweek, as well as on CNN and National Public Radio.

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Bettina Stammen is currently a freelance photo editor and worked at publications including Vanity Fair, ESPN ‘the bettina1Magazine’, and Money Magazine. Until 2005 she was the founding photo editor for the school publishing division of Time Magazine which collaborated with publishing companies such as Glencoe and Harcourt. She worked on several book projects including “Girls Like Us” by Sheilla Weller, publicity tour photos for “Are We Rome?” by Cullen Murphy, and a biography of Alan Greenspan by Michael Sivy. Before heading to midtown in 1998 she worked as a full time editor for Ken Regan/Camera 5 and shot publicity stills for several independent movies and television shows including Larry King live.

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Carmine Galasso is a staff photographer at New Jersey’s The Record newspaper where he has won many awards for his portraiture and long-term projects. His work has taken him on assignment to Malaysia, Israel, Palestine, Northern Ireland, India and Kenya. In 2007, he published Crosses with Trolley Books. The monograph is a series of black and white portraits and interviews with survivors of clergy sexual abuse photographed across the United States. Photo District News named it one of the best books of 2007.

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BEN GARVIN is a staff photographer and videographer for the Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minnesota. His work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, People, US News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and others. He has been a featured speaker for the National Press Photographers Association and numerous universities including the University of Minnesota and MacAlestar College. His recognitions include 2007 Minnesota Photographer of the Year and 1st place awards in the National Press Photographers Association, the Minnesota and New England Press Photographers Associations, the Associated Press and the Society for Newspaper Design. He earned a degree in visual journalism from the Rochester Institute of Technology and, before moving to Minnesota, worked for the Christian Science Monitor in Boston and the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire. Mr. Garvin lives in South Minneapolis with his wife Jessica and two boys.

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G.J. “Gerry” McCarthy has been a staff photographer for The Dallas Morning News since 2007. Before joining the paper, he worked at the Columbia (MO) Daily Tribune and The Paris (Texas) News. A south Texas native, he is a 2002 graduate of the University of Texas, where he studied journalism. Gerry lives in Dallas with his wife, Michelle, and their two cats. When asked nicely, he can randomly quote obscure lines from the first eight or nine seasons of “The Simpsons.”

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Dirck Halstead is the Editor and Publisher of The Digital Journalist. He began his photojournalism career during high school. At the age of 17, he became LIFE magazine’s youngest combat photographer, covering the Guatemalan Civil War (the editors at LIFE had no idea how old he was). After attending Haverford College, Halstead did a two-year stint as a roving photographer in the U.S. Army. He went on to work for United Press International (UPI), covering stories around the world for more than 15 years; and was their picture bureau chief in Saigon during the Vietnam War.

Halstead accepted an independent contract with TIME magazine in 1972. Covering the White House for the next 29 years, he was one of only six photographers asked to accompany Richard Nixon on his historic trip to China in that same year. His photographs have appeared on 47 TIME covers. During this period he was also a “Special Photographer” on many films, producing ad material used by major Hollywood studios.

In 1992, he played an instrumental part in the formation of Video News International (VNI), which started what is now the Platypus movement, teaching still photojournalists to cross the barrier between print and television.

Halstead is now a senior fellow in photojournalism at The Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin. He has won the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Picture of the Year award twice; the Robert Capa Gold Medal for his coverage of the fall of Saigon; and two Eisie Awards from the Columbia University School of Journalism. In 2002, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA); and in 2004 he was honored with the Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award. The University of Missouri presented him with the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism in 2007.

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