Neil Kramer is finally out of the house. And he’s coming to DC to talk about Quarantine in Queens, his funny take on what it was like to unexpectedly find himself on Covid-19 pandemic lockdown with his ex-wife and 86-year-old mother.
As his photos, which he posted on his Instagram account went viral, Kramer found that people all over could relate to the stories he was telling. He has since been featured on NBC’s The Today Show, The Washington Post, NPR, BuzzFeed News and dozens of media outlets around the world.
Along with the media attention, have come accolades. Quarantine in Queens earned him “Portrait Photographer of the Year” at the 2020 Annual Photography Awards, 1st Place in Family Photography at the ND Awards, and finalist in the Portrait Project at the Lucie Foundation.
And while he has told his story to online audiences, he has yet to tell it before a live audience. That is until now. When we invited him to speak, this was his response through Facebook Messenger: “Sounds great! You mean in person? Like actually leaving Queens? Hallelujah!”
Kramer’s talk will cap a full-day of speakers and panels on visual storytelling at the Eaton Hotel in downtown DC. Visit Focus on the Story’s event calendar to see the full lineup of free talks during Focus on the Story’s Visual Storytelling Summit, which is part of the month-long Focus on the Story International Photo Festival.
Neil Kramer is a dynamic storyteller with 20 years of experience in photography, writing and filmmaking. His work combines humor and compassion in the telling of stories about personal relationships, including those from his own life.
He is a graduate of Columbia University and USC Film School and has exhibited his photography in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, South Carolina, and internationally in Sydney, Australia, Seoul, South Korea, and Trieste, Italy.