SUPPORTING THE NEXT GENERATION OF STORYTELLERS IN CHICAGO + BEYOND
Oct.16 & 17, 2020
We are grateful to our speakers, who were so generous with their time and expertise, our major sponsors Sony Corporation and the Chris Hondros Fund, and to you, the over 400 people who registered to be a part of Prism this year. We will be back in 2021.
In the meantime, watch our social media for updates!
THE 2020 PRISM PHOTO WORKSHOP IS A WRAP!
PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING NEW YORK TIMES PHOTOJOURNALIST
Legendary photographer Michelle V. Agins joined The New York Times as a photographer in June 1989. Before that, she worked at The Charlotte Observer, The Chicago Daily News, the South Shore Sentinel Newspaper, the City of Chicago's Department of Human Services, and the Chicago mayor's press office.
She received Pulitzer Prize nominations in 1990 for her coverage of the Bensonhurst protests and then again in 1995 for her work on the Times series “Another America: Life on 129th Street.” In 2001, she and her colleagues won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for their series “How Race is Lived in America.”
VISUAL ARTIST AND PHOTOGRAPHER
Clarissa Bonet is an artist based in Chicago whose work explores issues of the urban space in both a physical and psychological context. She holds an MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago and a BS in Photography from the University of Central Florida.
Bonet’s work has been exhibited at the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Aperture Foundation, Magenta Foundation, and Catherine Edelman Gallery, and are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Southeast Museum of Photography, Haggerty Museum of Art, University Club Chicago, and the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection
PHOTO EDITOR, CO-FOUNDER, DIVERSIFY.PHOTO
Brent Lewis is from the greatest city in the world, Chicago. South Side to be exact. Brent is a photo editor at The New York Times working on the Business Desk, assigning visual coverage of technology, the economy, and the auto industry.
Brent has been a Photo Editor at The Washington Post and was the Senior Photo Editor of ESPN’s The Undefeated, where he drove the visual language of the website based around the intersection of sports, race, and culture. Brent has been a staff photojournalist at The Denver Post, The Rockford Register Star and the Chillicothe Gazette. His photos have been used by the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, Forbes, and Yahoo! News.
Tiph Browne, Elaine Cromie and Celeste Noche are members of The Authority Collective, a group of more than 200 womxn, non-binary and gender expansive people of color working in the photography, film and VR/AR industries.
Authority Collective’s mission is to empower marginalized artists with resources and community, and to take action against systemic and individual abuses
in the world of lens-based editorial, documentary and commercial visual work.
Authority Collective's goal is to remove barriers to access for BIPOC entering editorial, journalism, documentary, commercial and fine art careers, connecting community members with job, mentorship, networking and professional development resources.
Sebastian Hidalgo is an award-winning photojournalist and digital producer who uses photography to engage and explore many social and humanitarian issues
affecting communities of color.
He is also an educator and host of a bi-weekly editorial support group for freelance visual journalists. Hidalgo believes in the power of growing in conjunction with the people who are in front of the camera, as a witness, a bridge and, in some cases, as a collaborator.
His work has been seen in publications such as The Washington Post, The New Republic, NBCUniversal, The Better Government Association, City Bureau, and more; and is considered among 12 emerging Photojournalists You Should Know by The New York Times.
Today, Hidalgo is a National Geographic Explorer and continues to freelance throughout the Midwest Region.
Michelle Kanaar is a Chicago-based documentary photojournalist who focuses on immigration, labor, and education. She is thoroughly committed to social justice issues and is the proud daughter of immigrants.
Kanaar is a co-founder, and the art director, for Borderless Magazine, an award-winning nonprofit news outlet that is reimagining immigration journalism for a more just and equitable future.
Alyssa Schukar is a DC-based photographer, writer and teacher as well as a frequent contributor to The New York Times. In her personal work, she focuses on how public policies -- especially those related to the environment -- affect communities.
Schukar spent the first five years of her career on staff at a newspaper in the Great Plains where she developed as a documentary and portrait photographer. She also spent two months reporting daily during a military embed in Afghanistan.
CHICAGO MAGAZINE DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Michael Zajakowski is the Director of Photography at Chicago magazine.
Michael has been a photo editor, director of photography, photojournalist and photography educator for more than 30 years. For 20 years, he was a photo and video editor at the Chicago Tribune.
Michael also taught visual communication in the graduate journalism program at DePaul University and digital storytelling at Columbia College Chicago.
He is a portfolio reviewer at photojournalism workshops and mentors young photojournalists.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16TH
2:00 Brent Lewis: Introduction to Prism 2020
2:20 Sebastián Hidalgo: How to Actively Seek Impact through Journalism for Community and Self
3:00 Michelle Kanaar: Funding Projects through Grants and Pitches
3:30 Coffee break
3:45 Michael Zajakowski: Ethical Decision Making
4:15 Elaine Cromie, Tiph Browne and Celeste Noche of the Authority Collective: Reimagining the Industry
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17TH
11:00 Clarissa Bonet: From Fine Art to Assignment: Translating Your Artistic Voice to Commission-Based Work
11:40 Alyssa Schukar: Contracts, Bookkeeping and Funding, oh my!
12:10 Lunch break
12:40 Michelle Agins: From Chicago to the New York Times
1:20 Thanks to our sponsors Sony and the Chris Hondros Fund
1:30 Ask Me Anything panel with Prism 2020 speakers
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