2017 Speakers

Below is a list of confirmed speakers for the 2017 Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar:

Pete Souza

Pete Souza

Pete Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama throughout his two terms. In addition to his documentary coverage at the White House, Souza traveled with the President aboard Air Force One to all 50 states and more than 50 countries. Souza’s new book, Obama: An Intimate Portrait, will be published by Little, Brown & Company on November 7, 2017.

His previous book, The Rise of Barack Obama, was published in 2008 and includes exclusive photographs of Obama's rise to power. Souza extensively documented Obama's three years in the Senate and accompanied him to seven countries including Kenya, South Africa and Russia. The book was on the New York Times bestseller list for five weeks.

Souza has also worked as an Assistant Professor of Photojournalism at Ohio University, the national photographer for the Chicago Tribune based in their Washington bureau, a freelancer for National Geographic, and Official White House Photographer for President Reagan.

In addition to the national political scene, Souza has covered stories around the world. After 9/11, he was among the first journalists to cover the fall of Kabul, Afghanistan, after crossing the Hindu Kush mountains by horseback in three feet of snow.

As a freelancer, Souza photographed two stories on assignment for National Geographic Magazine and three photo essays for Life Magazine. His photographs have also been published in many other magazines and newspapers around the world including on the covers of Life, Fortune, Newsweek, and U.S. News & World Report.

In 1992 Souza produced and published, Unguarded Moments: Behind-the-Scenes Photographs of President Reagan, a book based on his 5 1/2 years photographing Reagan in the White House. Former Sen. Howard Baker Jr. said in his introduction to the book that Souza recorded "some of the most intimate, honest and humanizing scenes of the presidency I've ever seen." Souza was also the official photographer for the June 2004 funeral of President Reagan.

Souza has won numerous photojournalism awards including several times in the prestigious Pictures of the Year annual competition, the NPPA's Best of Photojournalism, and the White House News Photographers Association's yearly contest.

He has lectured many times on his photography including at the Smithsonian Museum of American History, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Harvard University, Boston University, Ohio University, the University of Kansas, Western Kentucky University and Kansas State University. He has appeared on the ABC news magazine show 20-20, Dateline NBC, CBS Sunday Morning, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Nightline, Charlie Rose, Good Morning America, CNN Special Reports, Fox News Sunday, Fox Friends and Family, and on National Public Radio.

Souza has had solo exhibits of his photographs at the Leica Gallery in NYC, Kansas State University, Fermilab, the U.S. Naval Academy, the Navy Museum, the University of North Carolina, Boston University, Ohio University and the National Press Club in Washington. His photographs have also been part of group exhibits at the National Archives, Smithsonian Museum of American History, Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Newseum, and the 92nd Street Y in New York City.

He is a native of South Dartmouth, Mass. He graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in public communication from Boston University and received his master's degree in journalism and mass communication from Kansas State University.

He currently is a freelance photographer based in Washington, D.C.

Eli Reed

Eli Reed

Eli Reed joined the elite, legendary collective, Magnum Photos, in 1983 and is also a member of the elite collective, Kamoinge. Reed joined the University of Texas at Austin faculty as Clinical Professor of Photojournalism and continues to shoot photographic and motion picture projects worldwide. Some of Reed’s awards include the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Documentary Photography, Overseas Press Club, Kodak World Image Award for Fine Art Photography, Leica Medal of Excellence, POY Nikon World Understanding Award, World Press Photo, Pulitzer Prize nominee, Visa pour L'image Festival Du Photoreportage (Perpignan, France), and the Lucie Foundation Award for Documentary Photography. Reed has published three books including the most recent “Eli Reed: A Long Walk Home” released in May 2015, "Beirut, City of Regrets," and "Black in America" (with an introduction by Gordon Parks), which featured 175 photographs taken during a 16-year period, accompanied by text and poetry written by Reed. Eli Reed is a Sony Artisan of Imagery.

Yunghi Kim

Yunghi Kim

Yunghi Kim is a photojournalist who has covered conflicts and in-depth, issue-driven stories all over the world for more than three decades. Intimate storytelling and giving a voice to her subjects through the camera remain important to her.

Kim came to the United States from her native South Korea at age 10. She graduated from Boston University in 1984 and began her career as a photographer at The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Mass. She was the first female photographer hired in the photography department. She then went on to a position staff photographer at The Boston Globe for seven years. Kim was a member of Contact Press Images in 1995 to 2008 and is presently a Special Contributor.

A turning point in Kim’s career came in 1992 when she was covering the famine in Somalia for The Globe. She and a reporter were pinned down by heavy fighting and then taken hostage by warlord Siad Hersey Morgan. Intervention by the United Nations and the aid group, CARE, resulted in their rescue after 13 hours in captivity. Kim returned to Somalia a few days later to complete her assignment. She returned months later to cover the entry of US troops into the region. Her coverage of the Somali famine was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize that year.

Kim remains proudest of her documentation of the lives of former South Korean Comfort Women. These women, affectionately called grandmothers, were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese army during its occupation of Korea during World War II. In 1996 her photo essay was published worldwide and helped introduce the Comfort Women to the West. After publication, the Japanese government eventually issued a verbal apology to South Korea that included a promise to account for this atrocity in Japanese historical texts. Her work was the first intimate, behind-the-scenes profile of the grandmothers.

Kim has received some of the profession’s highest accolades, it include World Press Photo Awards, POYi awards including Magazine Photographer of the Year by POYi (one of two woman ever to receive it), The Olivier Rebbot and The John Faber Awards from the Overseas Press Club, Visa D’Or for News from the Visa Pour L’image in France, The White House Press Photographers, Boston Press Photographers Association, Communication in Arts and Society for News Design, recipient of Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University.

Kim has also served as a speaker at the Nieman Narrative Journalism Conference at Harvard University. Past appointed member of NPPA Board of Directors (National Press Photographers Association), 2012 recipient of the United Nations’ Leadership Award in the field of photography by The International Photographic Council. She has also served on the faculty of World Press Photo, Eddie Adams and Missouri Photo Workshop.

In 2015 and 2016, Yunghi Grant was formed, Kim paid it forward with $10,000 grant to photojournalists. Ten selected photojournalists received $1000 each from money Kim recouped from unauthorized use of her work to bring awareness of copyright education. For this she was 2016 recipient of NPPA’s The Clifton Edom Award that recognized an “individual who inspire and motivate members of the photojournalism community to reach new heights.”

Renée Byer

Renée Byer

Renée C. Byer is a Pulitzer Prize winning documentary/reportage photojournalist and Emmy nominated visual storyteller for The Sacramento Bee. She is best known for her in-depth work focusing on the disadvantaged and those who otherwise would not be heard. Her capacity to create photographs with profound emotional resonance and sensitivity earned the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography in 2007 and dozens of other national and international honors, including the World Understanding Award from Pictures of the Year International, and Pulitzer Finalist in 2013.

Known for her ability to translate stark statistics into images that connect us to our humanity, she has traveled throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, covering some of the most important issues of our time. Byer’s stories have deepened our understanding of the environment, climate change, extreme poverty, genetically modified food, healthcare, women at war, domestic violence, and the drought and economic crisis in California. In 2016 the Sacramento Bee published a 20-page special section, "No Safe Place," featuring her images chronicling the plight of Afghan SIV's as they struggle in the U.S., facing poverty and violence. Renée's images from that project exhibited at Visa Pour L'Image the premiere photojournalism festival in Perpignan, France in 2017.

Byer’s internationally acclaimed book, Living on a Dollar a Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor, illuminates the stories of people living on the brink of survival, and invites you to put an end to extreme poverty. The book won First Place Documentary Book from the International Photography Awards in 2014. Byer narrates a documentary about the project that was released in 2017.

An interactive traveling exhibition by Byer, drawn from Living on a Dollar, inspires viewers through compassion, education and social action. In April and May 2016, it was designated as an official exhibition of the Month of Photography, Los Angeles, and later shown at two venues in Sofia, Bulgaria: at the Global Women Leaders’ Forum, sponsored by the UNESCO Division of Gender Equality and the Council of Women in Business in Bulgaria, and at UniCredit Bulbank. In February 2017 it debuted with the Youbridge.it mobile web application at MMTH Gallery and Atrium at Western Kentucky University and in April on CBS Sunday Morning.

A charismatic teacher and speaker, Byer stirs audiences to see how unbiased photojournalism can raise awareness and affect change. Her compelling TEDx Tokyo talk, “The Storytelling Power of Photography,” received a standing ovation and can be viewed online. Valued for her critical insight, she has served for nine years as a judge for the prestigious Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards. In 2016 Byer was invited to join a UNESCO Who’s Who of Women Speakers. Byer is one of a core group of 70 women chosen to mark the 70th anniversary of UNESCO.

Byer’s photographs have appeared in publications and exhibitions throughout the world, including Paris Match, National Geographic PROOF, NY Times Lens Blog, Time, and Newsweek. An interactive video interview with Byer that shows her Pulitzer Prize-winning images is on permanent exhibit in the Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning with Tony Dukopil, ABC with Bob Woodruff and Rebecca Jarvis, and NBC with Ann Curry. She has taught workshops worldwide and lectured at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles and the Newseum in Washington, D.C. to name a few.

Renée C. Byer graduated cum laude from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.

Nick Oza

Nick Oza

A staff photographer for the Arizona Republic since 2006 Nick Oza specializes in covering social issues, such as immigration, child welfare, gangs and mental health. Oza was part of the Knight-Ridder team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2006 for their coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

In 2003 and 2005, he was embedded with the U.S. military to photograph the Iraq war for Knight-Ridder. He has received more than 120 awards for his work, including a 2012 Rocky Mountain Emmy for his video documenting problems in Arizona’s Child Protective Services. He has been named Photographer of the Year 4 times by the Arizona Press Club and won first and third place in the National Press Photographers Association Cliff Edom New America Award for an immigration documentary he produced.

His photographs have also been showcased on the websites of The New York Times Lens Blog and TIME magazine. Oza has photographed extensively along the U.S.-Mexico border, and has also worked along the India-Bangladesh border. He previously worked at The Telegraph (Macon, Ga.) for 9 years and won Photographer of the Year and Georgia AP Photographer of Year 4 years consecutive years. His recent work from Ferguson was featured in American Photo.

Jabin Botsford

Jabin Botsford

Jabin Botsford has been a staff photographer at The Washington Post since March, 2015. He earned an associate’s degree in photography at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, followed by an internship at the Daily Times in Maryville, Tennessee. In 2011, Botsford transferred to Western Kentucky University to enter its photojournalism program.While attending Western Kentucky, he interned at The Washington Post, the New York Times (twice), the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch and the Los Angeles Times. His work is now focuses mostly on news and politics around the country and world. He lives in Washington, D.C.