Documentary Photography Roundtable

Photographers Nancy Borowick, Terra Fondriest, Ed Kashi, Christopher Lee, Kirsten Lewis and Patrizia Montanari will discuss their experiences and why it's important to capture life's moments right now.

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Join us in a webinar on Thursday, May 28 when we bring together a panel of notable documentary photographers from across the country representing a wide range of styles and experiences. Photographers Ed Kashi, Nancy Borowick, Christopher Lee, Kirsten Lewis, Patrizia Montanari and Terra Fondriest will share some of their work and discuss the challenges of documenting our lives at this unique time in history.

This webinar is a part of Picturing Home, a series of online events and classes that encourage a visual exploration of how our home experience is changing. For committed photographers, having a camera at hand is a reflex. But now that everyone is carrying around little picture machines in their pockets, we all have the chance to create meaningful visual stories of our lives.

Why is this especially important now? Because for most of us the idea and reality of home is changing. Our schedules, our relationships, and the way we interact with our neighbors are all being reinvented. And because home is both a place and a state of mind which can be comforting or challenging, personal or communal, but always evocative. Things have gotten a little messy and capturing this in-the-moment shift of life and culture is what photography does best. Using whatever camera you have at hand to document your home life now will build a story that is worth preserving.

Other events in this series include a call for entry for DCP’s online exhibition juried by Nancy Borowick and the Family Storytelling workshop with Patrizia Montanari. In this four-class workshop, learn how to see your surroundings in a new light and how to capture the essence of a space.

Panelists’ Work

Ed Kashi

Nancy Borowick

Christopher Lee

Kirsten Lewis

Patrizia Montanari

Terra Fondriest

Photo credit of image at top of the page: Ed Kashi

Nancy Borowick is an internationally renowned photographer, author, teacher and speaker. Working regularly with the New York Times since 2013, Nancy has told the intimate stories of people and places from every corner of the globe winning her major accolades and awards, such as World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International and most recently the 2018 Humanitarian Award from the organization Women That Soar for her photography and recent monograph, The Family ImprintView full bio


Terra Fondriest is a documentary photographer living in the Ozarks of Arkansas with her husband, 2 children, 3 dogs, cat and 25+/- chickens. While Terra has a background in Natural Resources, with a B.S. in Fish and Wildlife Conservation from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, her education in documentary photography largely began by being an active participant in the National Geographic Your Shot community. This was the beginning of her Ozark Life project where she is photographing the everyday lives of not only her family, but her friends and neighbors. View full bio


Ed Kashi is a prolific photojournalist, filmmaker, speaker and educator dedicated to documenting the social and geopolitical issues that define our times. He has covered topics as diverse as the impact of oil in Nigeria, the protestant community in Northern Ireland, the lives of Jewish settlers in the West Bank, the impact of an aging society through his groundbreaking project, Aging in America, climate change, the plight of Syrian refugees, and the global epidemic of Chronic Kidney Disease among agricultural workers. A sensitive eye and an intimate and compassionate relationship to his subjects are signatures of his intense and unsparing work. A member of VII Photo Agency since 2010, Kashi has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition. View full bio

Christopher Lee is a Korean American photographer based in New York City. Chris is particularly drawn in his work around issues of forced migration, subcultures and vulnerable and underrepresented communities. Chris Lee’s editorial clients include The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The New YorkerBloomberg BusinessweekGlamour Magazine, Bloomberg News, MSNBC. View full bio



Kirsten Lewis is a documentary family photographer based in Denver, Colorado. However her work takes her all over the world, from New Zealand to Dubai, Brazil to Canada, Italy to Hawaii. Although she has been shooting for more than 20 years, it was teaching on Creative Live that really brought her approach to documentary family photography to the forefront as a desirable alternative to the traditional family portrait. View full bio


Patrizia Montanari was born and raised in Milan, Italy. Growing up she was surrounded by the love of a large extended family – uncles, aunties and cousins whose lives all entwined daily. Patrizia has experienced and created art all of her life. In the last 10 years her love for portrait and figure painting naturally evolved into a love for photography. Portraits are her passion and people are her biggest inspiration. Patrizia’s Photography business quickly grew a strong client base through word of mouth, working on a wide range of projects, from portrait to fashion lifestyle, product and food photography to name a few. View full bio

  • This webinar is free and open to all. Registration is required to receive the Zoom meeting information.
  • We recommend that you log in to the Zoom webinar at least 15 minutes before the panel discussion starts to become familiar with the program and work out any technical issues that may occur.
  • The webinar starts on Thursday, May 28 at 6:30pm CDT and lasts until 8pm CDT.