april, 2020

01apr7:00 pm8:30 pmFinding Your Creativity During Isolation and Social DistancingA Panel Discussion on Practicing Your Art in the Time of Covid-197:00 pm - 8:30 pm ET Online: Zoom

Event Details

How are you practicing your art in the time of Covid-19?

Wednesday, April 1
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (ET)

With the entire world on lockdown amidst fears of the coronavirus, where and how are visual storytellers finding outlets for their creativity? We’ll hear from some photographers who are trying to figure out ways to make their art in the worst of times, including WomenStreetPhotographers.com founder Gulnara Samoilova, who has begun curating photos that may one day make up an exhibit reminding us what life was like during the Covid-19 pandemic. She’ll be joined by NYC street photographer Reuben Radding who roams the mostly empty streets of the city for his series “Corona Diary,” and Angela Douglas Ramsey, a Norfolk photographer who is photographing neighborhood families in quarantine, and NYC wedding photographer Priyanca Rao who started a Facebook group that brings together a global community of photographers to participate in a group project.  Chantale Wong, a member of Focus on the Story’s board of directors, will moderate. This is an interactive presentation with audience Q&A.

About the Panelists

Gulnara Samoilova is a street and fine art photographer based in New York City and the founder of @WomenStreetPhotographers Instagram feed and the traveling exhibition. With over 30 years combined experience as a documentary photographer, artist, photojournalist and a photo editor for the Associated Press, Gulnara employs her experience and qualifications to research and curate an impressive body of work by women photographers from around the globe. The goal is to create visibility for dedicated women photographers and to encourage other women to follow their passion. She received national and international awards for her iconic photographs from 9/11/01, including first prize in the World Press Photo and nomination for the Pulitzer Prize by the Associated Press.

Rueben Radding is a photographer, writer, and musician based in New York City. His award-winning street and personal documentary photographs depict elusive or unlikely candid moments, and intentionally provoke unanswerable questions in the viewer’s mind. Radding’s work has been exhibited in galleries around the world, and in publications like The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Hamburger Eyes, Time Out, Hyperallergic, Downbeat and many others.

Angela Douglas Ramsey is a commercial, portrait and documentary photographer. She is passionate about the dynamics of a family and community. Her photographs have been in many group exhibits and in 2020 she had her first solo exhibit on her family work. Her project on her grandmother was published in Click Magazine, and her series on flooding in the Norfolk region was recently published in Issue 5 of Confluence Magazine.

Priyanca Rao is one of the top wedding photographers in New York City and runs a studio under her namesake Priyanca Rao Photography. When she is not photographing weddings, you can find her on the streets of New York City, photographing people. She is also a photography mentor and educator who is passionate about helping other photographers refine their art.

Chantale Wong is an award-winning photographer and member of Focus on the Story’s board of directors. She is also a management and policy expert with more than 20 years of senior level experience in the Federal government, including serving as the NASA budget director and chief of staff at OMB in the Clinton White House.

Image from “Corona Diary” © Reuben Radding


(Wednesday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm ET


Online: Zoom