Edecio: The single most important thing that we look for is people who can tell a human-driven story in a single photo. Bringing these massive forces of nature into the human arena is difficult, but when it happens, the results are really powerful. We also look for people who have experience shooting in severe weather. It requires a certain set of skills and comfort-level to shoot in these conditions.
Daniella: It’s incredible how much each contributor brings to a project. When two separate visual thinkers communicate well, they produce incredible work. The photography community is a family. The more opportunities we have to work together and give each other feedback, the better our work can be.
Elizabeth: We work closely with our enterprise writers who create longform stories. We hire freelance photographers for their stories to do anything from portraits to reportage to still life, and the occasional video. This year, we’re also doing a lot of original work on elections, CNN-hosted debates and conventions.
There are a lot of debates about what is photojournalism, what is documentary, and what is fine art. While it’s important in news reporting to adhere to a journalistic standard, Maloney’s work challenges its rigidity by taking a more conceptual approach.
Siobhan: It’s interesting that we call it a gallery space because at the same time it’s not. It has a space dedicated to exhibitions that draws an audience interested in photography, but it is also a functional space where people like civil society actors, academics, researchers, activists and staff come in for meetings and conferences centered around the issues that the foundation is dedicated to. So we’re able to bring a diverse audience together in a way that few other spaces can.