Steve Liss (Project Director)
Steve has produced award-winning photographic essays for Time magazine, on subjects ranging from poverty in the Mississippi Delta to runaway youth living on the streets of Hollywood. Forty-three of his photographs have appeared on the cover of Time and he has been a recipient of the Soros Justice Media Fellowship for his work on juvenile justice and the Alicia Patterson Fellowship for his work on domestic poverty. His recent book, No Place for Children: Voices from Juvenile Detention (University of Texas Press, 2005), won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in 2006. This year he was the recipient of the World Understanding Award from Pictures of the Year International. Steve teaches graduate photojournalism at Northwestern University.
Peter Loge (Campaign Manager)
Peter currently serves as the President of Milo Public Affairs LLC. where clients have included the ACLU of Illinois and the Innocence Project, among others. He was a Senior Vice President at M+R Strategic Services where he directed the Media Relations team and provided strategic counsel to a wide array of clients including the Save Darfur Coalition and Human Rights First. Peter was the first Director of The Justice Project, which successfully led the fight for the passage of the Innocence Protection Act. He has extensive expertise in both communications and political strategy including serving as the Chief of Staff, Communications Director, and Campaign Manager to U.S. Representative Brad Sherman (D-CA), and Deputy to the Chief of Staff to Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA).
Jon Lowenstein (Deputy Project Director)
Jon was recently named a 2008 Alicia Patterson Fellow for his documentary work on U.S. immigration. In 2007 he received the prestigious Getty Grant, also for his coverage of immigration. The Pictures of the Year International competition selected him Magazine Photographer of the Year for CITY 2000, a yearlong documentary study of life in the city of Chicago. Jon has received numerous awards from the World Press Association, most recently in 2007 for his multi-year project documenting Chicago’s South Side neighborhood. While completing that project he taught photography to middle-school students at the neighborhood school and helped publish Our Streets, a community newspaper covering the South Side.
Rick worked for twenty years at Time magazine as Deputy Photo Editor in charge of national news coverage and the White House. In the past six years, he has explored the world of digital news agencies as Director of Global News for Corbis and News Director for World Picture News. At McGraw Hill, Rick was the launch photo editor for Small Biz magazine. He has photo-edited three books: Desert Diaries; No Place for Children: Voices from Juvenile Detention and, his most recent project, XL Forty Years of the Super Bowl.
Mary is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Mary has, for the last 16 years, been Midwest Photo Editor for Time Magazine where she was responsible for organizing assignments in fifteen states for hundreds of photographers. Mary has coordinated coverages that ranged from the crisis in foster care in Chicago to farm foreclosures in Iowa. She has also edited books and freelance projects including Art Shay’s Nelson Algren’s Chicago (University of Illinois, 1988).
Danny Wilcox Frazier
Danny is an award-winning documentary photographer based in the Midwest. Over the past five years, Danny has photographed people struggling to survive the economic shift that has devastated rural communities across his home state of Iowa. His first major book, Driftless: Photographs from Iowa (Duke University Press, 2007), is based on that work and received the 2007 Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize. Legendary photographer Robert Frank selected Danny's book for the award. Danny's work appears regularly in Time, Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report, among others.
Paul is a member of the legendary photo agency Magnum. He is also a former Look magazine staffer and author of seven major books. On assignment for Look, Life, Time, Newsweek, the New York Times Magazine and international publications, Paul has produced historic reportage on social issues in the U.S. including destitute miners in Kentucky, Latino ghetto life, runaway youths trying to survive in New York City, African-American life in the Mississippi Delta and migrant laborers. His books include La Causa: The California Grape Strike (Collier, 1970); RFK Funeral Train (Umbrage/Magnum, 2000); and, most recently, Chernobyl Legacy, (de.MO, 2001).
After majoring in theatre at Boston University, George spent several years directing stage and video programs for inner-city youth at Boston's Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses and Alvin Ailey Camp. George's recent documentary credits include We are the Arapaho People (Director), filmed on location at the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, and Forgotten Communities (Director), an examination of rural Mississippi and Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Narrated by Danny Glover, Forgotten Communities was comissioned and funded by Oxfam America.
Lori is a recipient of the prestigious W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography. She has earned international recognition for her work, garnering a World Press Photo Foundation Prize, the Ernst Hass Grant, the Santa Fe Center for Photography Project Grant and a Hasselblad Foundation Grant. Her photographs have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions around the world. Lori’s most recent book, Afterwar: Veterans from a World in Conflict, was published by de.MO in March of 2005. Between editorial assignments Lori lectures, teaches workshops, and is on the faculty of the International Center of Photography.
Brenda Ann Kenneally
Brenda Ann Kenneally is an independent visual media maker and mother whose long-term projects are intimate portraits of social issues that intersect where the personal is political. Kenneally’s reportage on American families over the past two decades has been recognized and supported by The W. Eugene Smith Fund for Humanistic Photography, The Mother Jones Documentary Fund, The Alicia Patterson Foundation, A Soros Criminal Justice Fellowship and two Nikon Sabbatical Grants. Her book Money, Power, Respect won the Best Photojournalism Book at Pictures of The Year in 2006 and her most recent work, The Upstate Girls Project, was awarded The Cannon Female Photojournalist Award in 2008 and the 2009 World Press photo Award for Daily Life.
Andrew specializes in long-term stories of social concern. His ground-breaking work on American prisons and incarceration has won numerous awards, including the Soros Justice Fellowship from the Open Society Institute, and has appeared in books, newspapers, magazines and exhibits in New York and around the world. His photographic essays have taken him to Haiti, South Africa, and across America, exploring poverty, addiction, the prison-industrial complex and the casualties of war. In his new book, Never Coming Home (Charta 2007), Andrew documents the grief and sacrifice of the families of eight U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq.
Eli has been a Magnum photographer since 1973 and is a professor of photojournalism at the University of Texas. Eli has worked on assignment for National Geographic,Life, Time, People, Newsweek, the New York Times, among others. He has published two comprehensive books: Beirut, City of Regrets, published in 1988, which delves into the life of residents of Lebanon during the Civil War and Black in America (W.W. Norton, 1997–with a forward by Gordon Parks), which features text and poetry written by Eli. It is widely regarded as the definitive work on the lives of African-Americans from the 1970s to the end of the 20th Century.
Stephen Shames creates award winning photo essays on social issues for foundations, advocacy
organizations, the media, and museums. Steve is author of four monographs: Outside the Dream,
Pursuing the Dream, The Black Panthers (Aperture), and Transforming Lives (Star Bright Books).
His images are in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery, the International Center of
Photography and The Corcoran Gallery of Art, among many others. Steve started LEAD Uganda
(www.leaduganda.org) which locates forgotten children (AIDS orphans,former child soldiers, and
children living in refugee camps) with innate talents and molds them into leaders by sending them
to the best schools and colleges.