Lori Waselchuk
Dec 2, 2015 · 5 min read




Toronto, ON /Austin, TX — Dec. 2, 2015 — The members of Boreal and Prime Collectives are pleased to announce the acceptance of two new members into each organization.

Prime welcomes Katie Orlinsky and Christian Rodriguez.

Boreal welcomes Annie Flanagan and Daniella Zalcman.

Both Prime and Boreal were founded with the aim of enriching the practices of its members and creating sustainable careers in photography. Through the Prime Foundation and the annual Boreal Bash events, both collectives also actively support and connect with local communities through audience engagement initiatives such as grassroots exhibitions, educational events, and artistic collaborations. They believe that they are stronger together than alone, and in this spirit of collaboration are pleased to announce their new members.

Katie Orlinsky and Christian Rodriguez add their names to Prime’s already dynamic roster of talented visual artists: Dominic Bracco II, Melanie Burford, Brendan Hoffman, Pete Muller, Lance Rosenfield and Max Whittaker. Both new photographers strengthen Prime’s growing reputation for unique visual storytelling on international stories. Christian, who is from Uruguay, and Katie, who was based in Mexico, strengthens the collective’s relationship with Latin America.

Nguyen Thi Thu Vu, 13, receives help during a stretching exercise. He is the youngest of a circus family and the smallest of the Ho Chi Minh Circus Group. Christian Rodriguez/Prime

“During our selection process we sought photographers who are not just great shooters, but who are making work and engaging with audiences in original ways,” says Dominic Bracco II. “Both Katie and Christian do these things, and are doing so with sensitivity and integrity.”

Portrait of Gloria with a butterfly and a opened Crown of thorns around her neck. Christian Rodriguez/Prime

The two new members have joined the group looking for support for their creative and working lives. “I believe in joining forces to develop as an author,” says Christian. “I’m interested in the young and fresh vision the group has in relation to storytelling.”

“It’s an inspiring and motivating group,” says Katie. “I like Prime’s whole vibe, and level of professionalism. It feels like it’s a great fit. Knowing what the other photographers in Prime are up to, it makes you feel supported and connected.”

A bus in Los Duraznales, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Katie Orlinsky/Prime

Annie Flanagan shares similar thoughts about joining Boreal Collective: “I find making work in a vacuum to be very dangerous and, therefore, being apart of a collective of people you can count on to challenge and support you is invaluable.”

Annie Flanagan and Daniella Zalcman join Boreal’s internationally-based photographers Laurence Butet-Roch, Aaron Vincent Elkaim, Rafal Gerszak, Brett Gundlock, Johan Hallberg-Campbell, Matt Lutton, Eamon Mac Mahon, Mauricio Palos, Jonathan Taggart and Ian Willms. Rather than hold an open call for submissions, Boreal decided to follow a more organic route and add members they already had established personal relationships with.

To view member portfolios, please visit primecollective.com and borealcollective.com.

Whale bones in Point Hope, Alaska. Katie Orlinsky/Prime


Daniella Zalcman is an award-winning photojournalist based in London and New York. Her work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, TIME, Sports Illustrated, and CNN, among others. She is a multiple grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Her photographs have been exhibited throughout the U.S. and Europe and are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She graduated from Columbia University in 2009 with a degree in architecture.

Annie Flanagan is a photographer, filmmaker and educator based in New Orleans, LA. Their work explores topics of self worth, personal narrative, gender and friendship within the documentary framework. Annie is a recent master’s candidate at S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Their work has been featured in publications including Foam Magazine, VICE, The New York Times, NPR, and on The Washington Post’s InSight blog. Annie lives for long winding roads with a camera in hand and map laid out.

Christian Rodriguez is a Uruguayan photographer whose work focuses on issues of gender and identity. Christian studied fine art and fashion design, and has worked in newspapers, television and advertising. He won the Roberto Villagraz scholarship and moved to Madrid to earn an M.A. in documentary photography at EFTI, winning the “Premio Futuro” of his class (2009). In 2013, he won the Premio Nuevo Talento Fnac de Fotografía. Christian’s work is exhibited, collected and published internationally, including The New York Times, ​The Guardian, the New Yorker, The Washington Post, El Mundo, Yo Dona, El Observador, and Lento. He also leads workshops and gives lectures internationally. His ongoing long term project “Teen Mom” has received worldwide recognition, such as First Prize at the PhotoEspaña OjodePez Award for Human Values. Christian Rodriguez is the director of the International Photography Festival SAN JOSE FOTO in San José, Uruguay.

Katie Orlinsky is a photographer and cinematographer from New York City. She has photographed personal projects, assignments and documentaries worldwide. For the past two year Katie has been focusing on the impact of climate change in Alaskan communities. Katie regularly works for The New York Times, the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera America and a variety of international magazines and non-profit organizations such as the Too Young to Wed campaign to end child marriage around the world. She has won numerous awards such as the 2014 ADC Young Guns Award, the 2013 PDN 30’s “New and Emerging Photographers to Watch,” The Alexia Foundation 2012 Student Grant, The 2011 POYI Emerging Vision Incentive Award, the 2010 Prix Ani-PixPalace and the 2009 Coup de Couer at Visa Pour L’image. Katie is currently an Artist In Residence with the Levine/Leavitt artists’ agency.

For more information:

Brian St. Denis, Boreal Collective brian@borealcollective.com

Lori Waselchuk, Prime Collective lori@primecollective.com

Lori Waselchuk

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Lori Waselchuk is an award-winning documentary photographer whose photographs have appeared in print and exhibitions worldwide & is Prime’s Coordinator.