We have intentionally chosen the best documentary photographers and fewer of them, so that you get the chance to really listen, absorb and grasp the content. All of our speakers will be present for the entire length of the conference and we’ve made sure our schedule allows for quality learning time.


Kirsten lewis

Kirsten's name is synonymous with the genre of documentary family photography. Despite her many accomplishments including being regularly featured on the Huffington Post, interviews around the world and listed as one of the top 100 photographers on Fearless Photographers, it is her role as a mother and wife to her daughter, Byrdie Mae and husband street photographer, Gregory Bethmann that brings her the most pride and joy. Well that and any Scrabble victory, which are countless. 

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ryan christopher jones

Ryan is a Mexican-American photojournalist originally from California’s Central Valley and currently based in New York City. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times as both a photographer and writer, and he has recently covered the U.S./Mexico border, the American opioid crisis and the Annapolis newsroom shooting. Ryan is currently a student of American History at Harvard University, and he’s a lot more fun in person than he sounds in this bio. 


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niki boon

Raising her four children in the wilds of Marlborough, New Zealand, Niki Boon's honest and emotive work is often compared to the legendary images of Sally Mann. A physiotherapist, turned photographer, Niki's current project is to document the life of her family as they pursue an alternative education and lifestyle in a rural environment. 



zalmy berkowitz

Zalmy Berkowitz is a world renowned photographer, lecturer, and teacher. He’s also writing this bio and thinks that, besides being dubiously misleading, the whole “world renown” spiel sounds pretty cool.

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ashleigh raddatz

Ash is an American Documentary Photographer living in Jena, Germany for the past 8 years with her 2 small sons and her German husband. She is the founder of Documentary Family Photographers Worldwide (“DFP”), a community connecting and supporting photographers all over the world to push their work further and to successfully run a DFP businesses.

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Maggie Steber is an internationally known documentary photographer, educator and photo editor whose work has appeared in major magazines, newspapers and book anthologies as well as national and international exhibitions.  She has worked in 68 countries specializing in telling the stories of underrepresented people. Best known for her photo essays in National Geographic Magazine and her humanistic documentation of Haiti, she published Dancing on Fire: Photographs from Haiti with Aperture. Her nine-year project on her mother’s melancholic voyage through memory loss was made into a multimedia presentation by MediaStorm and won a Webby award. In her career Steber has worked as a picture editor for Associated Press, a contract photographer for Newsweek, and as the Director of Photography at The Miami Herald. Steber is a member of  VII Photo Agency.