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Mountain Light

Not enough time to attend the full version of the Mountain? Consider attending our unique, informative and entertaining online nightly presentations Oct. 19, Oct 20 or Oct 21.

July 1registration opens

$35per evening session

$70for all three sessions

Mountain Light

Are you looking for inspiration, rejuvenation or a little of both but do not have the time to commit to an entire week of Mountain goodness? Then Mountain Light is the perfect ticket for you. Each evening starting Tuesday, Oct. 19, through Thursday, Oct. 21, the Mountain experience will be collaborating with a different organization to bring you inspiration, valuable information, helpful tips and opportunities to connect with industry professionals who can help you reach your goals in your visual storytelling career.

These nightly sessions will be open to both Mountain Workshops participants (part of their workshops tuition) and the general public for $35 per night, or $70 for all three nights. All proceeds from these sessions will contribute to educational initiatives through WKU PJ and our nonprofit collaborators. If you attend any one session, you will be able to return for free on Friday, Oct. 22, for an evening of entertainment and an opportunity to mingle with Mountain participants, faculty and staff.

We hope you will join us in celebrating 46 years of storytelling at the Mountain Workshops! Enrollment for any of these nightly events will be open up to 24 hours before the session begins.





You can get a full refund up to 1 day in advance of the three-day series. Please go to your Eventbrite purchase page to request the refund. The Eventbrite fee is nonrefundable.



For nearly two decades, Talking Eyes has been creating and distributing compelling media that celebrates diversity and advocates for positive social change. Founded by Julie Winokur and Ed Kashi, this nonprofit media organization is committed to uncovering underreported issues and spotlighting the people who make a difference.

Talking Eyes works extensively with marginalized communities, nonprofits, and educators to produce films, photo essays, websites, interpretive exhibitions, and books. Talking Eyes’ media has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, PBS, MSNBC, and National Geographic, and received numerous awards, including “Best Online Storytelling Project” of 2021 from Pictures of the Year International for the project Newest Americans.

At the core of Talking Eyes’ efforts is extensive community outreach and nontraditional distribution. Through public programming, curricular materials, grassroots partnerships and community engagement, Talking Eyes approach is designed for impact beyond publication and broadcast to inspire meaningful social change. 


Tuesday, October 19

6:00 - 10:00 PM Central Time 


Nowhere – our virtual interactive world. A link specific to your purchased evening presentation(s) will be emailed to you by 11:00 am the day each presentation. Be sure when you register for the event(s) you use an email that you monitor, this email is where we will provide the secret key for your access into our exciting virtual world.

6:00 PM Central Time | Tuesday, October 19 

Our virtual lounge will be open if you would like to mingle and see who else lingers in the social space.   


7:00 PM Central Time | Tuesday, October 19 

Room 1   |   Isadora Kosofsky  

Language of Intimacy: the long-term and immersive approach to documentary photography  

Isadora Kosofsky will reflect on the life-altering process, challenges, and relationships formed while working on storytelling projects for years. She will present an ongoing, longitudinal documentation that shadows one woman’s journey as she reckons with sustained traumas and transformation.


Isadora Kosofsky is a Los Angeles based documentary photographer who is known for spending years shadowing individuals and communities. She is a contributor to National Geographic Magazine, the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, TIME, Le Monde and others. Ms. Kosofsky was a 2012 Inge Morath Award recipient. She is a TED Fellow, part of a network of global changemakers, and gave a talk at TED 2018. Her monograph, Senior Love Triangle, was published by Kehrer Verlag in 2020. Ms. Kosofsky has reported extensively inside hospital ICUs during the pandemic and is responsible for some of the only photojournalism from inside a COVID+ nursing home in the US.

7:00 PM Central Time | Tuesday, October 19

Room 2   |   Salwan Georges  

The United States in 2020 

In 2020, the world faced unimaginable challenges and difficult circumstances that collectively changed our lives forever. It was a tough year for many journalists who were simply doing their job knowing the risks. In the U.S., as a staff photojournalist for the Washington Post, Salwan Georges covered a racial reckoning in Minneapolis, an unforgettable election across the country, and a deadly pandemic. His verbal recollection and visual historic documentation of the year we want to forget, but cannot, will be sure to entertain, inform and enlighten all of us.


Salwan Georges is an Iraqi-American Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist for The Washington Post. Before joining the Post, he was a staff photographer and videographer at the Detroit Free Press. He studied journalism at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. In 2020, Georges was awarded a Pulitzer Prize as part of a staff entry from The Washington Post covering climate change around the world and was awarded, a team finalist for Public Service, covering America’s deadly opioid epidemic. In 2021, Georges was named Photographer of The Year by Pictures of the Year International for covering a racial reckoning in Minneapolis, an unforgettable election across the U.S., and a deadly pandemic. Georges' work has been published and exhibited worldwide. His work on the Middle Eastern communities in the United States has been exhibited at the Arab American National Museum and has been added to a collection at the Library of Congress in D.C.

8:00 PM Central Time | Tuesday, October 19 

Room 1   |   Ed Kashi  

Advocacy and Impact in Visual Storytelling

Ed Kashi will share selections of projects that talk about the ways in which advocacy journalism in photography can be practiced, including personal projects, commissions from foundations, non profits and NGOs. He’ll illustrate how he uses this new paradigm with intention to create compelling stories that are ultimately published in the editorial sphere and the various impacts his work has had, from being a part of changing legislation to earning direct contributions to subjects whose story he’s told.


Ed Kashi is a renowned photojournalist who uses photography, filmmaking and social media to explore geopolitical and social issues that define our times. He is also a dedicated educator and mentor to photographers around the world and lectures frequently on visual storytelling, human rights and the world of media. He has covered topics as diverse as the impact of oil in Nigeria, the protestant community in Northern Ireland, the lives of Jewish settlers in the West Bank, the impact of an aging society through his groundbreaking project, Aging in America, climate change, the plight of Syrian refugees, and the global epidemic of Chronic Kidney Disease among agricultural workers.

A sensitive eye and an intimate and compassionate relationship to his subjects are signatures of his intense and unsparing work. A member of VII Photo Agency since 2010, Kashi has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition. His early adoption of hybrid visual storytelling has produced a number of influential short films and in 2015 he was named Multimedia Photographer of the Year. Kashi’s embrace of new approaches to visual storytelling has led to creative social media and printed projects for a range of clients including National Geographic, Open Society Foundations, The New Yorker, MSNBC, GEO Germany, Fortune, Human Rights Watch, International Medical Corps, MediaStorm,, New York Times Magazine, Oxfam, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and TIME magazine.

From implementing a unique approach to photography and filmmaking in his 2006 Iraqi Kurdistan Flipbook, to real-time Instagram coverage of Hurricane Sandy for TIME Magazine in 2012, Kashi continues to create powerful imagery and engage with the world in new ways. A leading voice in the photojournalism world, Kashi frequently lectures on a wide range of topics for arts institutions, universities, schools and professional organizations. His work has been published and exhibited worldwide, receiving numerous awards and honors.

Through his editorial assignments and personal projects Kashi has published nine books, including Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta, THREE, and Photojournalisms. In 2002, Kashi in partnership with his wife, writer + filmmaker Julie Winokur, founded Talking Eyes Media.  The non-profit company has produced numerous award-winning short films, exhibits, books, and multimedia pieces that explore significant social issues. They are currently engaged in a 7-year storytelling project with Rutgers University in Newark focused on immigration for which they recently received a two year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Their project, Newest Americans, was just awarded Best Online Project of the Year from Pictures of the Year International.

8:00 PM Central Time | Tuesday, October 19 

Room 2   |   Julie Winokur  

Cross-platform Storytelling to Unleash Creativity and Expand Audience 

Julie Winokur will discuss cross-platform storytelling that takes projects beyond any single medium in order to expand the possibilities for creative expression, collaboration and audience reach. Winokur will inspire participants to reimagine their approaches as she shares work that incorporates photography, video, audio, exhibition, interactive, and beyond.


Julie Winokur, Executive Director of Talking Eyes Media, has been a storyteller for over two decades, first as a magazine writer and then as a documentary filmmaker. She launched Talking Eyes in 2002 as a way to focus on creating visual media that catalyzes positive social change. Her work has appeared on PBS, the Documentary Channel, MediaStorm, National Geographic Magazine and Discovery online, as well as in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, and Beyond broadcast and publication, Winokur works extensively with nonprofit organizations to develop their messages and put Talking Eyes' films to work at the grassroots level. She has been a National Geographic Explorer and served on the faculty of Rutgers University-Newark and the International Center of Photography in New York.

9:00 PM Central Time | Tuesday, October 19 

Keynote address   |   Bayeté Ross Smith  

Questioning Our Preexisting Beliefs Through Interactive, Multi-Platform Storytelling  

Bayeté Ross Smith believes that creating scenarios for engagement that are accessible and relevant to the daily lived experience of the general public is a critical point of emphasis and that making use of all types of visual platforms can aid in providing the level of nuance necessary for specific narratives.  This presentation will examine the importance of not telling stories for other people but telling stories with other people and allowing communities some portion of agency and power in how they are represented through visual art & media. Smith, in his work, prefers to address the concept of identity and the framing of information to push people to question their preexisting beliefs as well as making work that is interactive with its audience while also being interactive with the community the narrative focuses on.


Bayeté Ross Smith is a photographer, artist, and education worker, working at the intersection of photography, film & video, visual journalism, 3D objects and new media. He lives in Harlem, New York. He is a Presidential Leadership Scholar, a TED Resident, a Creative Capital Awardee, an Art For Justice Fund Grantee, a CatchLight Fellow, a BPMPlus Grantee and an AmDOC/POV NY Times embedded mediamaker. His work is in the collections of The Smithsonian Institution, the Oakland Museum of California, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and The Brooklyn Museum. He has exhibited internationally with the Goethe Institute (Ghana), Foto Museum (Belgium), the Lianzhou Foto Festival (China), and America House in (Ukraine), among others.

His collaborative projects "Along The Way" and "Question Bridge: Black Males" have shown at the 2008 and 2012 Sundance Film Festival, respectively. His work has also been featured at the Sheffield Doc Fest and the L.A. Film Festival. He has also created a series of public art projects with organizations such as the Jerome Foundation, BRIC Arts Media, The Amistad Center, The Laundromat Project, the NYC Parks Department, the Hartford YMCA, San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and The California Judicial Council. His work has been published in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, Question Bridge: Black Males in America (2015), Dis:Integration: The Splintering of Black America (2010), Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present (2009), Black: A Celebration of A Culture (2005), The Spirit Of Family (2002) and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

In addition to his creative work in art and media, Bayeté is a faculty member at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He also helped launch and continues to work with the Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI), a hospital and school-based violence prevention organization in Brooklyn NY that partners with Kings County Hospital.






The Video Consortium is a nonprofit global network that supports, develops, and connects the next generation’s visual journalists and documentary filmmakers. Uniting thousands of nonfiction storytellers from over a hundred cities across the globe, this grassroots organization works to level the industry playing field and nurture a collaborative media ecosystem through its community events, authentic relationship-building, supportive mentorship, shared industry resources, robust job forums, and professional development. The Video Consortium actively champions compassionate storytelling and diverse voices to promote a more inclusive, kind, and just world.

Join the community!


Wednesday, October 20

6:00 - 10:00 PM Central Time 


Nowhere – our virtual interactive world. A link specific to your purchased evening presentation(s) will be emailed to you by 11:00 am the day each presentation. Be sure when you register for the event(s) you use an email that you monitor, this email is where we will provide the secret key for your access into our exciting virtual world.

6:00 PM Central Time | Wednesday, October 20 

Our virtual lounge will be open if you would like to mingle and see who else lingers in the social space.   


7:00 PM Central Time | Wednesday, October 20 

Room 1   |   Nicholas Bruckman  

Entrepreneurial Filmmaking 101: How to Launch a Company and Debut a Feature Doc  

Nicholas Bruckman, CEO of People’s Television and Director of the acclaimed feature documentary “Not Going Quietly” talks about what it takes to successfully run a branded doc studio and balance long-term projects for maximum social impact. 


Nicholas Bruckman is the founder and CEO of People's Television, a creative studio that produces award-winning independent films as well as digital and broadcast content for the world’s leading brands. He has produced and directed feature films, documentaries, and commercials in over 25 countries around the world, including across Latin America, Europe, and Asia. His upcoming documentary feature Not Going Quietly, executive produced by Mark and Jay Duplass, premiered at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival where it won the Audience Award and Special Jury prize. He previously produced the narrative feature film Valley of Saints, shot under lockdown in Kashmir, which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and the AsiaAfrica Prize at the Dubai Film Festival. His first documentary La Americana broadcast worldwide on networks including National Geographic and Al Jazeera.

In 2020 he executive produced numerous short films, including Rosa, which was funded by the Tribeca Through her Lens award and won Best Short at the Woodstock Film Festival, and Desert Mourning, which premiered at Mountainfilm Telluride. He has participated in numerous labs, fellowships, and markets worldwide, including the Rotterdam Producers Lab, the IFP Cannes Producers Fellowship, and the Film Independent Producers Lab. His work has been supported by foundations including the Sloan Foundation, Cinereach, Rooftop Films, and the IDA. Through People’s TV, Nick regularly produces branded films globally for clients including Airbnb, Greenpeace, Facebook, and Dropbox, and works with A-list talent and CEO’s

7:00 PM Central Time | Wednesday, October 20 

Room 2   |   Elizabeth Lo

The Art of Bringing a Documentary to Life 

Elizabeth Lo, documentary filmmaker and director of the acclaimed feature documentary, “Stray,” on the ins and outs of bringing her feature film from seed to screen.


Elizabeth Lo is an award-winning filmmaker who is interested in finding new, aesthetic ways of exploring the boundaries between species, class, and unequal states of personhood. Her work has been broadcast and showcased internationally, including at Sundance, MoMA Museum of Modern Art, SXSW, IDFA, True/False, Tribeca, Hot Docs, New York Times Op-Docs, Field of Vision, and PBS’ POV. Elizabeth has been featured in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film, DOC NYC’s 40 Under 40 List, Cannes Lions’ New Directors Showcase, and the artist academics of Locarno Film Festival and New York Film Festival.

Her debut feature, STRAY, won the Top Jury Prize at Hot Docs and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, a Critics Choice Award, and two Cinema Eye Honors after premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2020. Stray will be released theatrically by Magnolia Pictures and Dogwoof in 2021. Elizabeth’s award-winning short films - including Hotel 22, Bisonhead, Mother’s Day, The Disclosure President, Last Stop in Santa Rosa, Treasure Island, Notes from Buena Vista - have been released for distribution to educational institutions and libraries around the world. Elizabeth was born and raised in Hong Kong and holds a B.F.A. from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and an M.F.A. from Stanford University. Elizabeth is currently in development on her second feature-length film under the mentorship of the Concordia Studio Fellowship.

8:00 PM Central Time | Wednesday, October 20 

Room 1   |   Haimy Assefa  

From Full-Time to Freelance: How to Successfully Pursue an Independent Documentary Career 

Award-winning visual journalist Haimy Assefa reveals the tips, tricks, and trade secrets of leaving the institutional nest and going solo.


Haimy Assefa is an award winning, Emmy-nominated video journalist and documentary filmmaker. Born and raised in Ethiopia, she speaks Amharic and English. Haimy has a background in breaking news reporting, broadcast, and digital video. As a filmmaker and video journalist, she produces, shoots, and edits important and cinematic stories about a wide range of issues. She has produced stories both domestically in the U.S. and internationally. Whether she is covering stories in New Iberia, Louisiana about the plight of Black farmers or in Peru about attempts to retain an indigenous language, Haimy aims to challenge,  inform, and entertain a digital audience.  Based in New York City, she has been integral to digital storytelling units at NBC News and CNN. Haimy received a masters in international affairs at The News School and has a bachelors in sociology.

8:00 PM Central Time | Wednesday, October 20 

Room 2   |   Erin McGoff  

Embracing the (Terrifying) Internet as a Nonfiction Storyteller 

In a world where we feel like we're shoved into self-branding as one thing, TikTok is a platform allowing us to show our dimensions. However, at the same time, the internet can also be a terrifying place as tensions run high and misinformation spreads like wildfire. So how do you balance keeping your mental sanity and professional integrity while embracing the inevitable future and taking advantage of the internet's power? Join documentary filmmaker and TikTok creator Erin McGoff to get some insight. 


Erin McGoff is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, director, and editor specializing in underreported stories of resilience. Upon graduating from film school, Erin received a fellowship from the Pulitzer Center to support her debut feature documentary about Laos, THIS LITTLE LAND OF MINES (Amazon Prime), which premiered in 2019 and went on to receive festival accolades and international distribution. McGoff has also completed three short documentaries, SOUTHERN SUSTAINABILITY (2018), NEW YORK IS SILENT (Pulitzer Center, 2020), and DARROUZETT, TX (PBS, 2020). As an editor and/or director, McGoff has worked with a variety of clients including Google, Hilton, National Geographic, Under Armour, Capital One, and Ogilvy. McGoff currently lives and works in New York City as a full-time documentary editor, director, and content creator. She educates over 1.7 million people on TikTok and is working on her big project.

9:00 PM Central Time | Wednesday, October 20 

Keynote address   |   Jonathan Woods  

The Making of Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space

 Join producer Jonathan Woods of the 5-part Netflix documentary series as he reveals how he architected the access and relationships to capture hundreds of hours of footage with a team of over 50 filmmakers. He’ll share how they built trust and captured the story of SpaceX’s first all-civilian mission to space. Shooting in no less than 4k, the team managed to work on an intensely accelerated timeline releasing the series in near real time, producing 242 minutes of cinematic quality verité-driven storytelling revealing the emotion and the high stakes of this seminal moment in spaceflight for humankind.


Since joining TIME in 2012, Jonathan Woods has played a key role in developing and producing award-winning stories. He just finished producing a 5-part series for Netflix on the first all-civilian spaceflight mission (Inspiration4).

Jonathan also wrapped production on "Space Explorers: The ISS Experience" — the biggest production ever attempted in space. The series, which was awarded a Primetime Emmy Award, captured 200 hours of astronauts adapting to life in space in cinematic VR. The project culminated with the capture of the first-ever spacewalk in virtual reality and will be released in 2022. 

Woods also produced the Emmy Award-winning "A Year in Space", a 12-episode docu-series focusing on Scott Kelly's yearlong mission to the International Space Station. Woods also produced these as two one-hour specials for PBS.

In 2013, he photographed the only 360-degree panorama from the top of 1 World Trade Center, the tallest building in the western hemisphere. The image was part of a TIME package on the rebuilding of the site devastated by the 9/11 attacks that included a TIME cover story, documentary film and microsite.

Before diving to the sea-floor and climbing skyscrapers for TIME, Woods spent three years with as a multimedia producer and six as a photojournalist for newspapers around the U.S., including The Gazette in Iowa and Denver's Rocky Mountain News.


Thursday, October 21  •  American Reportage

American Reportage is a collective of visual journalists specializing in comprehensive storytelling of the American experience. With their beliefs rooted in the ongoing training of the next generation of visual journalists, American Reportage partners with Boyd’s Station and offers opportunities for the emerging artist to financially continue their work.


Thursday, October 21

6:00 - 10:00 PM Central Time 


Nowhere – our virtual interactive world. A link specific to your purchased evening presentation(s) will be emailed to you by 11:00 am the day each presentation. Be sure when you register for the event(s) you use an email that you monitor, this email is where we will provide the secret key for your access into our exciting virtual world.

6:00 PM Central Time | Thursday, October 21 

Our virtual lounge will be open if you would like to mingle and see who else lingers in the social space.   


7:00 PM Central Time | Thursday, October 21 

Room 1   |   Liz Sanders and Alice Driver  

The Writer-Photographer Relationship 

Alice and Liz will reflect on the creative, practical, and financial challenges of working together on a long-term project. They will present ongoing work documenting the daily lives of essential meatpacking workers during the pandemic.


Photographer Liz Sanders and writer Alice Driver are Arkansas natives. Driver and Sanders met in the streets of Washington DC during the 2016 Women’s March where they recognized each other from Instagram. They began to work together during the pandemic when they found themselves once again living in Arkansas. Sanders is currently working on Be Here to Love Me, which focuses on her father’s struggle with dementia and the bond of family during illness. Driver is represented by Kirsty McLachlan of Morgan Green Creatives in London. She is working on a non-fiction book about meatpacking workers.

Sanders has shown her work in group exhibitions, including HELPHOTO, Helsinki Photo Festival (Helsinki, Finland), On Site 2019, Trestle Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), and at the Anacostia Community Museum (Washington, DC). Her work has been featured in numerous print publications including, The New York Review of Books, TIME, The Nation, and BOOOOOOOM. Sanders is a recipient of both the Magnum Foundation and the Rita and Alex K. Hillman Foundation Fellowships for her documentary work and was recently named a winner of 1854 Media – British Journal of Photography’s inaugural Fast Track initiative year as an open-call for fresh, unsigned artists.

Driver is the author of More or Less Dead: Feminicide, Haunting and the Ethics of Representation (University of Arizona, 2015), which she completed during her postdoctoral fellowship at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City. For their current long-term project reporting on immigrant meatpacking workers, Driver and Sanders have received funding from the National Geographic Society, the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, and the Pulitzer Center.

7:00 PM Central Time | Thursday, October 21 

Room 2   |  Stephen Crowley and Jack Gruber

Mentoring emerging talent 

Join Stephen Crowley and Jack Gruber as they discuss the America Reimagined project. Invited emerging photographers from around the nation are selected by Boyd’s Station along with the members of American Reportage and other invited professionals document their communities and daily life in this new chapter of the American experiment.  The curated work is permanently housed in a special collection of the Boyd’s Station archive.


Stephen Crowley has spent most of his career masquerading as a newspaper photographer while producing idiosyncratic projects that push the boundaries of photojournalism and reveal unvarnished truths behind his most frequent subject: Washington politics. Mr. Crowley, 57, a staff photographer for The New York Times, consistently takes risks in his photography. He was employing complex compositions in newspaper photography long before the style became trendy. In his political photographs, Mr. Crowley shows his Washington subjects warts and all. 

Jack Gruber is a staff photographer at USA TODAY and the founder and executive director of  Boyd's Station - a Kentucky nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization - which seeks to provide varied visual journalists and artists an environment to “live free and create” through programs to pursue the artist’s individual craft without distractions in a supportive community of like artists in Harrison County, Kentucky.

Gruber launched the Boyd's Station 306.36 Visual Documentary Archive in 2018, an annual project documenting Harrison County, Kentucky. This project awards student journalists the Reinke Grants for Visual Storytelling and the Mary Withers Rural Writing Fellowship.

Continuing in the documentary tradition of the Farm Security Administration Pictorial Project recording of American life between 1935 and 1944, the 306.36 Visual Documentary Project and collection of images taken by photographers over the course of many years will become an important historical record of the people and places inside the 310 square miles of Harrison County.

A graduate of the Ohio University School of Visual Communication, Jack worked as a staff photographer at the Flint Journal, The Detroit News and the Commercial Appeal in Memphis before joining the staff at USA TODAY, first based in San Francisco before moving to USA TODAY's headquarters in Northern Virginia and Washington D.C.

8:00 PM Central Time   |   Thursday, October 21

Room 1   |  Ken Jarecke and Paul Bellinger of The Curious Society

Greater than the sum of the parts: Collaboration, mentorship and The Curious Society

The Curious Society co-founders Kenneth Jarecke and Paul Bellinger Jr. present a case study in the value of collaboration and mentorship. They wanted to create the ideal magazine, the one that photojournalists have always dreamed of, but has never existed. Less than a year later, that idea is now a reality. The Curious Society was formed through collaboration and is designed to foster it as well. Photojournalists perfect their craft by learning from each other, their editors, their audience and the people they photograph. It is a medium that thrives on collaboration, and would die without it.


Kenneth Jarecke is a world-renowned photojournalist based in Joliet, Montana. His work has taken him to over 80 countries and nine olympic games. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Curious Society, a nonprofit devoted to photojournalism that publishes a quarterly print-only magazine featuring the work of photojournalists, documentary and street photographers.

Paul Bellinger Jr. is a photographer in Boise, Idaho. He quit his career in academia to start a photography business in 2012 and never looked back. He met Ken Jarecke in 2013 and has been collaborating with him since. Paul is a co-founder and the content director of The Curious Society.

8:00 PM Central Time   |   Thursday, October 21

Room 2   |  Moderated by Lauren Steel with Laura Roumanos and Christina Piaia

A Roundtable Discussion: Exploring Creative Collaborations  

As photography and photojournalism continue to evolve, organizations explore creative and sustainable ways to collaborate with and support students of photographs and photojournalists. This conversation will explore different aspects of connecting with nonprofits dedicated to visual storytelling. As Photoville and the Chris Hondros Fund celebrate ten years of commitment to supporting photographers, we will share best practices and ways to think creatively about partnerships.


Lauren Steel is a Visuals Consultant for photographers, brands, media, agencies, foundations, and non-profits to craft authentic visual narratives. Previously, she was Director of Photography at Verbatim Photo, a subsidiary of Getty Images that she co-founded in 2016. Lauren was a part of the rebranding and launch of Getty Images Reportage where she started the Emerging Talent program. She was at Getty Images for 15 years.

She has been involved in the photojournalism community for over 20 years working with some of the greatest award-winning photographers in their field. These collaborations have produced exhibits, photo-books, and campaigns worldwide. She has guest lectured at ICP, SVA, and Columbia. Her career started in the editorial world after college when she worked at LIFE magazine as the photo and art assistant. From there she started doing photo research and continued to work on their special book projects including the New York Times Best Seller "One Nation."

Laura Roumanos is a Lebanese creative producer originally hailing from Sydney, Australia where she graduated from the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Arts. Laura Roumanos worked as a Producer and Arts Administrator before making the big move to NYC, to join the Manhattan Theatre Club. She then headed over to St. Ann’s Warehouse where she was the General Manager for several years, producing and presenting large scale international theatre, music, and art events.

Laura is currently the Executive Director and co-Founder of Photoville where she has produced over 350 photo exhibitions and public projects throughout the world and has brokered partnerships with hundreds of non-profit, commercial, and media entities.

While spearheading Photoville over the past 9 years, Laura has also worked as the Senior Producer of Creative Time, Senior Producer of The Future of StoryTelling in addition to moonlighting as a Line Producer and Director of Operations for the World Science Festival for numerous years.

Laura also continues to consult, manage, and produce numerous theatrical shows and events and has built a reputation in the New York Arts scene as someone to go to for consultation and advice regarding public art and multi-disciplinary projects across all mediums.


9:00 PM Central Time   |   Thursday, October 21

Keynote address   |   Justin Sullivan and Mario Tama

Documenting Climate Change

Getty Images photojournalists Justin Sullivan and Mario Tama discuss their ongoing coverage of the climate crisis.


Mario Tama is a Getty Images staff photographer based in Los Angeles. Mario joined Getty Images in New York in 2001 and has since covered global events including the attacks of September 11th, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, along with environmental issues in the Arctic, and above Antarctica. He was based in Brazil from late 2013 to early 2018 where he covered social and environmental issues surrounding the World Cup, the Olympics, and the Amazon basin. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2018, he has covered U.S.-Mexico border issues, wildfires, the eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, and the COVID-19 pandemic. He has received honors from institutions including Pictures of the Year International, the National Press Photographers Association, the Overseas Press Club, the White House News Photographers Association and Care International Award for Humanitarian Reportage. He studied photography at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).

Justin Sullivan joined Getty Images as a staff photographer in February 2003. In the coming years he would cover a wide range of events including every presidential election campaign since 2004 and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has dedicated many years to documenting environmental issues. Justin's award-winning work has appeared in magazines and newspapers around the world.  He was named the San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographer of the Year three years in a row.




What You Gain

  • a larger and more robust network of contacts
  • an open mind that can consider new ways to look at things
  • a friendship and mentorship that can last a lifetime

Who Should Come

  • college students or early professionals looking to up their visual game
  • high school students who are considering pursuing a storytelling career
  • anyone interested in the visual communication industry
  • just need to be encouraged or inspired - then this is the event for you