Behind the Scenes: The Photo Editor

Location: Photoville Pavilion

Date: Saturday, September 19th

Time: 3:30PM-4:30PM

Featuring: Nina Berman (Moderator), Meaghan Looram, Paul Moakley, Amy Pereira, and Vaughn Wallace

For photographers, photo editors are gateways to getting their stories before a larger audience. This panel will look at the process from the photo editor’s perspective – we’ll dissect what it takes for a story to go from idea to print. Once they have story concept, how does an editor champion this all the way to publication? How have they been successful in navigating this system and what are their challenges?

While this panel does not require advance registration, seating in the Photoville Pavilion is first come first served so we recommend you arrive promptly.

ninaberman_displayimage_WEB01Nina Berman is a documentary photographer, author and educator, whose photographs and videos have been exhibited at more than 100 venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and Dublin Contemporary. She is the author of two monographs: Purple Hearts – Back from Iraq, and Homeland, which examine the aftermath of war and the militarization of American life. She is a member of the NOOR photo collective and is an associate professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

LOORAM1091 (1)_WEB Meaghan Looram is the deputy photo editor at The New York Times. She is a front-page editor and oversees the newspaper’s staff of 45 photo editors as well as many of its most ambitious photography projects, including “A Year at War”, “One in 8 Million” and the annual Year in Pictures.

PeterHapakPaul Moakley has been the Deputy Director of Photography and Visual Enterprise of TIME since 2010. He covers national news and special projects such as Person of the Year. Previously he was senior photo editor at Newsweek and photo editor of PDN (Photo District News). Moakley is a photographer and filmmaker and in 2015 won first place in World Press Photo in the Short Feature category. He lives at the Alice Austen House Museum, home of one of America’s earliest photographers, as caretaker and curator of the museum.

Amy Pereira has been the Director of Photography at MSNBC since 2013 when she launched the photography department and visual direction of the new Her focus is on documentary photography and visual storytelling with an emphasis on issues surrounding social justice. Prior to her current position she was the Senior Photo Editor at Newsweek International for 10 years and the editor of multiple books of photography. Most recently she has been working on a feature with photographer Matt Black called Geography of Poverty.

vaughn_wallace_headshot_WEB02 Vaughn Wallace has been the Deputy Photo Editor at Al Jazeera America since early 2014, overseeing long-term features, projects and international commissions on the web. He was previously the staff producer of LightBox and an associate photo editor at TIME. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where he studied journalism and the rhetoric of historic and contemporary photography.