Michael's work focuses on issues concerning people of color and their communities; ranging from issues surrounding obesity, cancer, race and identity, family relationships, healthy eating, youth empowerment and more. He is the recipient of the 2015 Alexia Foundation student grant for his project "Stolen Land, Stolen Future" a body of work focusing on Black farmers of California.
VISURA INTERVIEWS Visura regularly produces interviews with our members, providing the opportunity for international exposure and dialog.
Photojournalist and documentary photographer Jason Houston has spent over 20 years photographing community, culture, and how we live on the planet for editorial and NGO clients.
ABOUT THE COVER: "In spring of 2015, after a year of negotiation with The Nature Conservancy, I began training and was certified as a wildland firefighter with the Southern Rockies Wildland Fire Module. In Fall of 2015 I embedded with the Module for a month, working prescribed burns in the oak grasslands of the Willamette Valley in Oregon, photographing when they didn't need me on the line. Final project was just published as the cover story for Nature Conservancy magazine in the Aug/Sept 2016 issue." - Jason Houston
Aaron Vincent Elkaim (b.1981) is a Canadian documentary photographer and founding member of the Boreal Collective. Aaron's work has been recognized by a number of institutions including the 2014 Oskar Barnak Award, 2012 Daylight Photo Award, American Photography, the Magenta Foundation, Photolucidia, PDN, the Lucie Awards, and FotoVisura, among others.
WHY VISURA? Aaron is Visura Guild member and used the Visura Site Builder to create her website and network with an international community of artists and editors. Recently, The New Yorker assigned Aaron to photograph "A dream job ... in Peru's Amazon looking for an isolated tribe with the legendary [writer] Jon Lee Anderson."
Kathy Ryan: Office Romance at Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York City. Kathy Ryan is the longtime director of photography at The New York Times Magazine. In the words of architect Renzo Piano, his New York Times building was “all about the light, and the vibration of light and shadow.” Working on the 6th floor of the building, Ryan admired how the light of New York City would stream in from the large clear glass windows and cast spectacular architectural shadows from the unusual ceramic rods that encase the building. In the fall of 2012, Kathy Ryan saw a zigzag of light on a staircase and grabbed her iPhone to take a picture. From then on, she was hooked.
WHY VISURA? Kathy joined Visura to judge the upcoming Photojournalism Grant as well as share news with our community and discover new work and talent.
It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War
Lynsey Addario was just finding her way as a photographer when September 11th changed the world. One of the few photojournalists with experience in Afghanistan, she gets the call to return and cover the American invasion. She makes a decision she would often find herself making—not to stay home, not to lead a quiet or predictable life, but to risk her life, to set out across the world, and to make a name for herself. It’s What I Do follows a course unavoidable for Addario—from her first camera and the pictures it inspired, to early years as a street photographer and the inspiration she found in the work of Sebastião Salgado. Photography becomes a way for her to travel with a purpose—a singular ambition that shapes and drives her.
WHY VISURA? Lynsey joined Visura to judge the upcoming Photojournalism Grant as well as share news with our community and discover new work and talent.
Andrea Santolaya (b. Madrid, 1982) earned her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York where she also worked for Manolo Valdes photographing his monumental sculptures in NYC at Broadway Avenue and the N.Y Botanical Garden. She later published a book on the Botanical Garden in New York with La Fabrica Editions which earned the 1st Prize for best art publication 2014 by the Ministry of Culture and Sports in Spain.
Michael Bonfigli is a Washington DC based photojournalist, a former Peace Corps volunteer with a masters degree in education. He has over 20 years of experience photographing a wide range of topics around the world for magazines, NGOs, and commercial clients. He is also a founding member Metro Collective, an international coalition photographers who are united by a shared dedication to documentary work focusing on humanistic stories and themes.
WHY VISURA? Michael is Visura Guild member and used the Visura Site Builder to create his website and network with an international community of artists and editors. Not long after joining, The Washington Post published Michael's project Mt. Pleasant’s Unfiltered Light after finding it on Visura.
Diana Bagnoli was born in Turin, Italy and studied photography in Barcelona, Spain focusing on portrait and social reportage. Currently she is based in Turin shooting assignments for magazines such as Marie Claire, Le Monde Magazine, Vanity Fair, Io Donna, D di Repubblica, Days Japan, and Gioia.