ANDREA STAR REESE303 Greenwich Street, Apt. 6F New York, NY 10013 (917) 862-8783 firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea Star Reese, a documentary photojournalist based in New York /Jakarta is a member of
Woman Photograph, National Press Photographers Association NPPA, National Writers Union NWU, International Federation of Journalists IFJ, joined Visura as a GUILD photographer, is a reGeneration2 photographer, a 2010 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow and a 2016 Lucie Award Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year recipient for her ongoing series DISORDER. Ms. Reese primarily focuses on long term documentary visual story telling.
DISORDER, (2011-ongoing) is an on-going reportage on men and women with real or perceived mental health condition living in Indonesia. In 2013 Reese’s exhibition at the Visa Pour l’Image Photojournalism Festival then featured on Lightbox.time.com "was a catalyst for Human Rights Watch’s investigation into the situation of people with mental health conditions who were shackled (pasung) or confined to institutions in Indonesia... In 2016, Reese’s collaboration with Human Rights Watch helped garner widespread media attention on the issue in Indonesian publications as well as influential international outlets. Reese’s work helped build national and international pressure resulting in systemic change on the ground across the country. In 2018, Reese held a solo exhibition “Living in Hell” at the Indonesian Parliament for World Mental Health Day in partnership with Human Rights Watch, helping change hearts and minds of policy makers." Kriti Sharma, Human Rights Watch Investigator.
Photographs and Video clips from DISORDER used by Perhimpunan Jiwa Sehat-Indonesian Mental Health Association, a Jakarta based Disability Rights Organization in a 2021 Report FORGOTTEN PEOPLE helped contribute to achieving a Government 2022 program FREE COVID Vaccine Distribution for Indonesia’s often overcrowded Sosial Care Institutions, Healing Centers and Paesentrens housing persons with a real or perceived Mental Health Condition.
URBAN CAVE, is a seven-year documentary series on unsheltered men and women some living underground in New York City. The majority of the people featured are persons with a self-described mental illness, or were assumed by society to be mentally ill. Some of them had lived for decades underground in a train tunnel, others in a settlement known as The Batcave or in a derelict sanitation facility along the Hudson River. Photographs from URBAN CAVE are part of Musee de L’Elysee Museum Collection.
URBAN CAVE, the photo book, containing text written by Reese and by the unsheltered men and women depicted was published in 2015 by FotoEvidence.
Photographs by Andrea Star Reese have been published and exhibited Internationally and have received numerous recognitions.
Most notably Ms. Reese was a 2016 Lucie Award-Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year recipient ; and received The 2016 Berlin Foto Biennale_Documentary Award: Best Portfolio on Human Rights; the 2016 Julia Margaret Cameron Award. Reese was awarded a 2014 David Pike Award for Excellence in Journalism Photography; and Best Social Documentary from the 2009 New York Photo Festival.
Writer/photo credits include: Inside Indonesia_ "A Neurological Battleground" and Witness magazine; "Pasung:The Agony of Chains".
Photography credits include: Jakarta Post; the Jakarta Globe; Kompas; Republika ; the BBC; the Guardian; Al Jazeera; Time magazine; Vogue.it; Lightbox.time.com; New York Times Lens Blog; Media Indonesia; Lancet; psychologymatters.asia; Inside Indonesia; Huffington Post; Business Insider; Neue Zucher Zeitung; Le Monde; Liberation; Alternatives Internationales; Feature Shoot; Sunday Times Magazine; Paris Match; The Fader; Le Loop; Photo Magazine; Images Magazine; L’Itinerant; NPR; Fiasco; British Journal of Photography; Waterstone Review among others.
Exhibitions include: CROSSING LINES, Photo Elysee 2022; The 2022 Festival Internationale Di Fotogiornalismo; A solo exhibition LIVING IN HELL at the Indonesian Parliament for World Mental Health Day in partnership with Human Rights Watch; Visa Pour L’Image Perpignan, 2010, 2013 and 2018; Musee de L’Elysee 2013; Angkor Photo Festival 2010, 2013 and 2018.
Andrea Star Reese has co-directed three multimedia projects for Human Rights Watch and was the Originator, Producer, and Director of the Shanksville, PA story collection for the Voices of 911 part of Here is New York: A Democracy of Photographs. www.andreastarreese.com
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