Join us for a special Photo Brigade Panel discussion about how professionals in the photography industry are using their talent, network and knowledge for the benefit of those in need. Moderated by Brad Smith with panelists including Carey Wagner, Alan Chin, Ruthie Abel and Tricia Scott who spend countless hours working with various charitable organizations and NGOs.
Brad Smith is an award winning photo editor, with 35 years experience in visual storytelling. He’s the former DOP at Time Inc., Sports Group, which included Sports Illustrated and Golf Magazine. He was also with the New York Times as the Senior Sports Photo Editor and Assistant Director of Photography for the White House during the Clinton administration. He's on the Board of Directors for the NPPA, Photo Start and the Eddie Adams Workshop, as well as the Creative Board for NYC Salt. He's on the faculty for the Summit Photo Workshops, FOTOFusion and SWPJC. He's the founder and director of Brad Smith Creative, a visual consulting group. Currently, he's the Vice President for Photography, for the WWE.
Carey Wagner is a documentary photographer and cinematographer based in Brooklyn, NY. Her focus is on complex in-depth issues and crisis reporting pertaining to women and human rights. The work is created with the hope of gaining a deeper understanding and empathy for others. With the organization CARE, she produced an award-winning package connecting WWII refugees to Syrian refugees called Letters of Hope. As an International Reporting Project fellow she covered gender-based violence in Papua New Guinea and women and Islam in Indonesia. Carey’s background is in photojournalism, working ten years for newspapers in California and Florida, before going independent in 2011. She often serves as a storytelling coach and mentor and was a Nikon School instructor for several years. She holds a B.A. in Cognitive Science and minor in Spanish from the University of California, Berkeley.
Alan Chin was born and raised in New York City’s Chinatown. Since 1996, he has worked in China, the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Central Asia, and Ukraine, as well as extensively in the United States. He is a contributing photographer to The New York Times and many other publications, an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and his work is in the collection of the Museum Of Modern Art. The New York Times twice nominated Alan for the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Kosovo conflict in 1999 and 2000. Currently Alan is also Managing Director of Facing Change: Documenting DETROIT, a community-based photojournalism initiative that is part of Facing Change: Documenting America (FCDA). Additionally, Alan is both writing and photographing a book on his ancestral region of Toishan in southern China, and a founding partner of Red Hook Editions: A Publishing Community.
Tricia Scott had Sabastiao Salgado images on her wall when everyone else had Teen Beat. Life Magazine was her jam. She received her degree in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and moved back to NY, assisting a wide range of photographers to determine what would be the best fit. Realizing that she was not to be a photographer, she did wardrobe styling, studio managing, and production, then started MergeLeft Artist Agents, where she has been cultivating amazing talent and relationships for 23 years. She also runs marathons, is a mentor with the awesome non-profit photography program NYC Salt, and likes to bring home stray pets.
Ruthie Abel is an artist-activist based in New York. Her work focuses on human rights, children's rights and climate justice. Portrait photography is her primary medium. Career highlights: Peter S. Reed Foundation grantee (2017); commissions from the Rockefeller Foundation, Anastasia Photo, and the New Museum; Eddie Adams Workshop alum (2012) and International Center for Photography teaching assistant (current). Recent social advocacy contributions: Safe Passage Project, The Huffington Post, Garden Collage. A North Carolina native, Ruthie graduated from Columbia Law School, Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
When not writing about herself in the third person, she is known to paddle board and jog with her dog. She also provides legal advice to charities and bakes on demand.