BIO: TISH LAMPERT
Originally from New York City, Tish Lampert began her work as a photojournalist in London where she free-lanced for numerous publications and newspapers, including The London Times, The Evening Standard, and Time Out Magazine. She distinguished herself as one of the only women who photographed inside the mines at Abergavenny, Wales. Lampert created a series titled “Exiting the Metropolitan” tracing the closure of rural farms as the British M1 highway was extended. She returned to the U.S. in the 70’s where she documented the rise of skiing in the West, “To Fly With The Eagle.” The Lake Tahoe Association, Snowbird, Aspen and Jackson Hole featured Lampert’s photography.
Today Lampert’s work focuses on human rights issues. She covered the 1992 riots in Los Angeles; the Cesar Chavez movement for migrant worker’s rights and, for ten years, worked with the Navajo Nation in Tuba City and Window Rock, Arizona. Her “in the field” investigations include: Human Rights Watch, The Fund For Peace, Concierge, N.O.W. (National Organization of Women), The Africa Project, The Los Angeles School District, Tap-Tap, The Los Angeles Conservancy and US Doctors Without Borders. Art Miles Mural Project has used Lampert’s images to represent them internationally. In 1994, Lampert was hired to document the Soldier of Fortune convention at the Sands Hotel, in Las Vegas. That assignment provided a rare opportunity to photograph mercenaries, and future war profiteers. For five years she served as media director and photographer for Voices of African Mothers, an accredited NGO at the United Nations. Lampert has served as the senior documentarian, for CAP (Conflict Awareness Program). Her photographs from the Congo have been exhibited at UCLA, Laguna Beach, Malibu and New York. In 2010 Lampert had a solo exhibition of her photographs of the Lowland Gorilla in Laguna, California.
Tish ‘s work for the United Nations, has taken her to rebel held territory, in the Congo, as well as to Ghana, Kenya, Burundi, and Rwanda. She was the photographer of record for investigations involving rebel soldiers on Igwi Island, in the DRC. Her exhibitions of the Congolese Lowland Gorilla have raised awareness for this endangered species. The World Federation of the United Nations Association brought Lampert to New York to photograph Secretary General Ban Ki - moon, Under Secretary General Anwarul Chowdhury and Hans Blix. The United Nations Association honored Lampert for her achievement as a photojournalist in Sub-Sahara.
In March, 2013, Under-Secretary General, Michelle Bachelet, commended Lampert for her work with women, in the Congo at the United Nations.
Lampert’s eightteen years of chronicling U.S. citizens exercising their First Amendment Rights has evolved into a book :I Protest: To Create An America We Can Believe In. Ms. Lampert is a 2013 recipient of a Nathan Cummings Foundation Grant for this work. The book is endorsed by Martin Sheen, Harry Belafonte, Dennis Macdougal, and Greg Palast. In June 2013, Ms. Lampert exhibited this work at the United Nations. It will be published in fall of 2019.
In 2015 and 2016, NCORE, (National Conference On Racial Ethnicity), used Lampert’s images at their national conference, in Washington D.C., and in San Francisco. Lampert’s work was featured at PHOTO LA, 2016. A short documentary film is in process, using stills from Lampert’s collection from her book, I Protest. October , 2017, Found Treasure, featured vintage black and white portraits, at O Gallery, California. Lampert’s recent images from a chapter in I Protest, Divided We Fall: 2016, is featured in the Berlin International Art Collective.
On January 4th, 2018 Lampert was apart of a group exhibition: Getty: LA/LA ephiphany and the Chicano Movement at the Church of the Epihpany.
Forthcoming exhibitions in 2019 in Allentown Pa, NYC, and UCLA.
Lampert’s work has recently been spotlighted at Dying To Tell The Story in recognition of UN World Press Freedom Day, May 2018, and the American Society for Media Photographers LA, Sept 15th, at Cannon Camera headquarters.
America Speaks Podcast is the companion series to Lampert’s photographic book and can be heard on FM radio as well as on Apple Podcasts and numerous platforms. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/america-speaks-podcast/id1364281632
Lampert is a regular guest on Lush Left Podcast. Her speaking engagements include a talk at the United Nations Church center, 2013, Malibu 2013, at Photo La 2016, in Los Angeles, and her recent talk at Dying To tell The story, Malibu, Ca. and American Society of Media Photographers, to name but a few.
Ms. Lampert’s photographs are apart of numerous private collections both corporate and individual. A list of her publications and talks is available upon request.
Please visit my website : https://www.tishlampert.org/