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"Nothing can do what a photograph can do when describing how the moonlight fell across your mother's face when she was 20, or any other major event in our lives."  

—Maggie Steber

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Maggie Steber is an internationally known documentary photographer, educator and photo editor whose work has appeared in major magazines, newspapers and book anthologies as well as national and international exhibitions.  She has worked in 72 countries specializing in telling the stories of underrepresented people. Best known for her photo essays in National Geographic Magazine and her humanistic documentation of Haiti, she published Dancing on Fire: Photographs from Haiti with Aperture. Her nine-year project on her mother’s melancholic voyage through memory loss was made into a multimedia presentation by MediaStorm and won a Webby award. In her career Steber has worked as a picture editor for Associated Press, a contract photographer for Newsweek, and as the Director of Photography at The Miami Herald. Steber is a member of  VII Photo Agency.  Her photographs are included in the Library of Congress and she exhibits internationally. She has received three grants for her work and numerous awards including:
— 2019 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Nat Geo Face Transplant Story
— 2019 Lucie Foundation Award for Photography
— 2017-2018 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow
— 2007 Knight Foundation grant for New American Newspaper Project
— 2003 Medal of Honor for Contribution to Journalism, University of Missouri
— 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Miami Herald coverage of Elian Gonzalez story
— First Prize Spot News World Press Photo Foundation for Haiti
— The Leica Medal of Excellence
— Olivier Rebbot Award from the Overseas Press Club
— First Prize Magazine News/Documentary NPPA PICTURES OF THE YEAR
— Recipient Alicia Patterson Foundation Grant
— Recipient Ernst Haas Photography Grant
— Three-time finalist for the Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography

Clients include National Geographic Magazine, the New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Aperture Quarterly, Fortune, Smithsonian, People Magazine, Time Magazine, Stern of Germany, Newsweek Magazine, U.S. News and World Report,  CARE, , Der Spiegel, DU Magazine of Switzerland, Merian Magazine of Germany, The Independent in Bitain, and French Geo, as well as many others. She teaches workshops through the Leica Akademie USA.  Her work has been seen in 70 exhibitions in 35 countries.


Speaker: Maggie Steber at AVC EXPO 2024 // Chasing The Light

Award-winning documentary photographer Maggie Steber will share her photographic career spread over 72 countries covering stories that ranged from conflict in Africa and a thirty-year coverage of Haiti. These stories moved Maggie into National Geographic where she has produced 15 stories, including a story of face transplants over three years which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Maggie has received many awards and grants including a Guggenheim Foundation Grant in 2017. Maggie’s career includes stints as a photo editor at the  Associated Press Photo in New York City and as the Director of Photography at the Miami Herald working with a talented photo staff.

As photography has become more crowded in almost every corner, I want to share the experience and information I have learned during my career. My aim in sharing these stories is to inform people about the business of photography from both sides of the camera, and the variety of opportunities that can exist if you are willing to work hard. 

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