Focus on the Story adds board members, advisory council

Jason Hamacher, who is joining Focus on the Story's board of directors, was a speaker at this year's storytelling summit © Thomas Petzwinkler

The Focus on the Story Board of Directors added two new members Monday — Geoff Livingston and Jason Hamacher, two DC-area photographers whose accomplishments go well beyond their impressive portfolios.

Livingston is a pioneer in digital marketing. He has authored four books on the subject and has advised numerous top brands, including AT&T, Audi USA, eBay, Ford, the American Red Cross, Google, PayPal, United Way of America and Pepsi Co., among many others. He teaches photography workshops for Capital Photography Center and is the host of the Show Me Podcast.

Hamacher is the owner of  Lost Origins Gallery in Mount Pleasant, as well as a professional musician and music producer. As a professional photographer, he is noted for his work documenting pre-war Aleppo, Syria. His archive of photographs and recordings made in Aleppo are held in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress. However, he might be best known as the drummer for several DC hard-core punk rock bands, including Frodus and Battery.

The addition of the two new board members brings the Focus on the Story Board of Directors to six members. Focus on the Story is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC that supports and encourages visual storytellers of diverse backgrounds in bringing attention to critical issues, bridging cultural gaps, and sparking social change.

Along with adding Livingston and Hamacher to their ranks, the Focus on the Story Board of Directors also announced the formation of a new advisory council, which includes Kirth Bobb, a leading DC portrait and wedding photographer; Sharon Farmer,  the Chief White House photographer in the Clinton administration; Timothy Hyde, an award-winning fine art photographer and member of the Photography Initiative Advisory Committee for the National Gallery of Art; Carl Juste, an award-winning photojournalist at the Miami Herald; Elizabeth Cheng Krist, a former senior photo editor at National Geographic; and Lucian Perkins, an independent photographer and filmmaker who was a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner at the Washington Post.