Along with Ting-Li Wang and Sebastian John, formerly of the NY Times and National Geographic, respectively (am excited to hear about what they are doing now), I’ll be presenting work tonight at Busboys & Poets. I won’t bore you with my own cv, but here is some background on them, and I encourage you to come! I’ll bring some zines to sell if anyone is interested in picking one up. Hope to see you there!
Ting Li Wang
Ting-Li Wang discovered the beauty of photography while studying to become a better writer at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She later continued her path to becoming a photojournalist at Ohio University, in Athens, OH. After internships in Kansas, Michigan, and Virginia, Ting-Li became a staff photographer at The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, VA in 1998. Whether it was a single mom with 6 children living in a lead-contaminated housing project in Portsmouth, VA or the devastating earthquake in Turkey in 1999, photographing ordinary people in extraordinary situations became Ting-Li’s passion. She was named National Press Photographer Association’s Region Three Photographer of the Year in 2000.
Ting-Li joined the photo staff at The New York Times the same year. She covered her first national political campaign with Democratic presidential candidates John Edwards and John Kerry in 2004. Photographing Costa Rica, Cuba, Bali and China for the Travel section ranks among her favorite assignments. She visited China the first time in 2004 while shooting a travel piece on emerging eco-tourism near the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in southwestern China.
After working 6 years at The New York Times, Ting-Li joined the faculty at Shantou University’s Cheung Kong School of Journalism and Communication in Guangdong Province, China. She taught basic and advanced photojournalism focusing on picture stories reflecting life in rural China. While teaching, Ting-Li continued her pictorial exploration of acrobats and elderly leprosy survivors. She is constantly inspired by the shared humanity of peoples all over the world and the power of photography to transcend differences.
Ting Li will talk about travel photography while working for The NY Times and her teaching experience in China.
Sebastian is a photo editor at K12. Sebastian immigrated to the United States in 2006, after a brief freelance career with a local California newspaper, joined National Geographic News as News Photo Editor. In India he worked at The Associated Press as the photo editor, and also in many leading Indian media companies in various positions.
A native of Bombay, he divided his childhood between Tanzania, United Arab Emirates and India. After completing his graduate degrees in Geology, and Journalism, and a brief stint in writing, Sebastian has been in involved in visual journalism for the past 12 years. Photographing mostly in his spare time, he likes to explore sub-cultures. One of his projects is the farmers markets in the United States which he began to photograph in late 2007. He explores the food culture in the US, the life around farmers markets, and the thin line between eating healthy and the fad of eating organic food.
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Thursday, July 16, 2009
7 PM – 9PM
Busboys and Poets
1025 5th Street NW (corner of 5th and K St NW)
Washington, DC 20001
Getting There and Parking
Closest metros: Mt. Vernon Square and Gallery Place-Chinatown (each two blocks away)
There is ample car parking space near the venue.
ASPP members – free
Guests – $5
ASPP DC/South will not provide refreshments but Busboys and Poets has a full-service
restaurant and bar