Photographer, Photojournalist, Journalist, Videographer, Content Strategist, Travel, Still Life, Environment, Photo Assistant, Documentary, Multimedia, Creative, Portraiture, Lifestyle, Culture, Copywriter
Audio Recording, Photo Assisting, Adobe InDesign, Multimedia Production, Photojournalism, Pattern Design
Latin America USA & Canada
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, French, German
Years of experience: 3 to 5
Whether Gioia Kuss works in local or international venues, her projects focus on collaborative efforts to protect earth’s communities. She seeks to elevate discussions about how the survival of species depends on protection of natural resources. Her narratives seek to harmonize support for human dignity, with a celebration of the planet’s sanctity. Her connections to the Northeast US, and north through Maritime Canada, inform her view of culture and biogeography.
Gioia is a member of the 2018-19 VII Photo Agency Masterclass. She was awarded a number of residencies including Marble House Project, Vermont Studio Center, and Ninth Wave Global. In 2016 she received the David Bird Fellowship through the Conway School of Landscape Design for a project in Costa Rica. Numerous publications including newspapers, websites, reports, and magazines have published her imagery.
Recent awards/exhibitions include:
IPA 2019 First Prize award for Editorial Environment Series
13th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards Winner in People Category; Honorable Mention in both Nature and Landscape Categories
Curated by Elisabeth Biondi, Barcelona October 2019
- Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island, NYC judged by cosponsored by UPI. June 2018
- ASMP New England Spring show, judged by Bob Korn, in Cape Cod Mass. March 2018
- Photo Place Gallery, Middlebury VT
- judged by Elizabeth Avedon, August 2018,
- judged by Eddie Soloway, and the
- Darkroom Gallery, Essex Vermont, judged by Tim Clark of 1000 words, where her image received Honorable mention.
- 51 Main, Solo show December 2015-March 2016 in Middlebury Vermont, was Land Views—Alchemy of Soil, Water, and Community that explores how society uses and lives with the landscape, depicting intimate human relationships that society has with place, including built infrastructure and natural processes. This collection of photographs formed the basis for her first book proposal.
Gioia Kuss, photographer and land-use planner, lives in Weybridge Vermont, USA. Her photojournalistic style and sensibility, inform images of natural and man-made structures and processes. Her academic background combines art and science, with a BA from Middlebury College in Northern Environmental Studies and a Studio Art minor, and a MA from the Conway School of Landscape Design. She studied independently in Paris France, and Guang Zhou China, in addition to other workshops in the United States. She was an adjunct faculty in the Green Mountain College Art Department.
After Vermont communities were severely damaged from Tropical Storm Irene, in 2011, she worked as a resource crisis counselor. This experience drove home how vulnerable society is from the effects of climate change and environmental degradation. While firmly rooted in Vermont, she has lived in Paris, the Swiss Alps, and several states across the US. Speaking other languages helps in her quest to understand different cultural and natural environments.