I believe photography can be a powerful tool to illuminating the things that unite us as human beings rather than simply emphasizing our differences. We can not afford to view the world through an optic of fear and hate because If we only tell stories through our own paradigm of values, we justify the existing divisions in our world.
Many people think this job is about travel and adventure but the truth is, "travel photography" is not about travel or adventure. Rather, it is about being intimate with the culture, the people and the environment. It is as much about humanity as it is about location and Empathy is the most important quality to be a good photographer.
Ami Vitale's journey as a photojournalist has taken her to more than
85 countries where she has witnessed civil unrest and violence, but
also surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit. Her
photographs have been exhibited around the world in museums and
galleries and published in international magazines including National
Geographic, Geo, Newsweek, Time and Smithsonian. She is an
internationally known and respected journalist whose work has garnered
multiple World Press Photos awards, the Photographer of the Year
International award, the Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism,
Lucie awards, the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting, and
the Magazine Photographer of the Year award by the National Press
Photographers Association. Her stories have also been awarded numerous
grants including the first-ever Inge Morath grant by prestigious
Magnum Photos, The Canon female photojournalist award for her work in
Kashmir, and the Alexia Foundation for World Peace supported her in
work in West Africa.
She has been working most recently with Ripple Effect Images, an
organization of well-known scientists, writers, photographers and
filmmakers with a mission of creating powerful and persuasive films
and stories stories illustrating the very specific problems women in
developing countries face and the programs that can help them. In
2010, Ami was a Senior Producer for Multimedia, at the Knight Center
for International Media at the University of Miami School of
Communication where she got her Masters and worked on a project on
women's pregnancy and infant mortality in Sierra Leone and a feature
film about migration and climate change in Bangladesh.
She has recently been the subject of the five-part documentary series
“Over the Islands of Africa” and a featured speaker at conferences in more than 20
countries from China to Chile.
Now based in Montana, Vitale is a contract photographer with National
Geographic magazine and frequently gives workshops throughout the
Americas, Europe and Asia. She is currently continuing her documentary
photography and film work and writing a book about the stories behind
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