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Imam Arafat, interfaith Activist

One of the things I love most about my job is that I get to meet incredible people from all strata of society. While I have been fortunate to photograph kings, queens, and world leaders over the course of my career, I am most grateful for being able to document the lives of those working …
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New Portraits of Janet Yellen

In early October, The New York Times assigned me to photograph Janet Yellen, Vice-Chairwoman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve at the Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building in Washington, DC.   I looked forward to meeting Ms. Yellen, who was nominated by President Obama to be the first woman to …
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The 2013 Eddie Adams Workshop will be held from October 11-14 in Jeffersonville, New York. Mary is proud to be a Team Leader at the workshop this year and looks forward to working on the Brown Team with Team Editor Randy Greenwell, Team Producer Ryan Brooks and our amazing technical genius Mike Heiman.

Nelson Mandela Unveiled

On a lovely day in September, a celebratory atmosphere surrounded at the South African Embassy in Washington DC, where the new Nelson Mandela statue was to be unveiled. It was a windy day and partway through the speeches, a strong breeze blew back the drape covering the statue, exposing the clenched fist of Nelson Mandela’s likeness. …
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VISA Pour L’Image 2013

Please join Mary during the VISA Pour L’Image 2013 international festival of photojournalism in Perpignan, France, in the Palais des Congres for her talk in the Canon presentation space : “Mary F. Calvert – Winner of 2013 Canon AFJ Award, Triage Photojournalism: Telling the Under-reported Stories,” Wednesday 04 September from 1400-1500. Hope to see you …
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Canon Female Photojournalist Award 2013

One afternoon in late June, I was out shopping at Nordstrom Rack with my Mom when I noticed a voice mail from an “unknown” phone number. Imagine my surprise when the message was from the one and only Jean-Francois Leroy, Director of Visa Pour L’Image in Perpignan, France. He called to tell me “some very …
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Les Rencontres d’Arles Photographie

Mary’s work from Nigeria is part of the Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation exhibition at Galerie Huit during Les Rencontres d’Arles Photographie 2013, a photography festival in the lovely town of Arles, France.  

SFSU Alumna of the Year

The San Francisco State University,  School of Journalism will honor Mary as their Alumna of the Year,  May 24-26, 2013 during commencement festivities in San Francisco.

FAILURE TO LAUNCH: DEMISE OF FLORIDA’S SPACE COAST

I just published a new gallery on maryfcalvert.com, of a project I recently completed about Florida’s Space Coast and the effects of the Space Shuttle’s retirement on the local communities. During its heyday, Titusville, Florida enjoyed the distinction of being the capital of Florida’s Space Coast. Scores of support staff launched astronauts into space from …
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DC Shoot Off Photography Workshop 2013

The annual DC Shoot Off Photography Workshop 2013 takes place March 14-17, 2013,at the Navy League Building in Arlington, Va. and features Mary as a speaker at 7pm on Saturday night.  The workshop provides professional development in photography for our military and civil service photographers. With over a hundred volunteers and participants, the workshop networks …
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“The Impact of Good Intentions: Telling the Story of Foreign Aid in the 21st Century”

Join Mary, journalist Sam Loewenberg and Taryn Vian of the Center for Global Health & Development, for a panel discussion on the “good, bad and everything in between of foreign aid,” on March 1, 2013 9am-noon, at the Crosstown Building, 801 Massachusetts Ave. Room 460/460A, BU Medical Campus, Boston, Massachusetts. The event  is sponsored by the  Boston …
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In Memoriam

Last week I received devastating news that a lovely young woman, whose life I had been documenting, had suddenly died in her sleep. Camille “Cami” Baruch was only 19 years old, but she had already endured nine surgeries in an attempt to repair gastro-intestinal damage caused by a generic version of the acne drug, Acutane. …
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Welcome to 2013

Between Capitol Hill and President Obama’s second Inauguration, Washington D.C. has been jam packed with news this month. Inauguration Day has always been an exciting occasion in the Nation’s Capitol and I wanted to share some pictures that I made of the festivities. I spent most of the day on the National Mall braving the …
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Executive Functioning: Through the Eyes of History

Mary is proud to have work in the photography show, “Executive Functioning: Through the Eyes of History” running  January 8-February 1, at the Edison Place Gallery in Washington D.C.  According to the gallery website: “To commemorate the 2013 presidential inauguration, the White House News Photographers Association presents iconic images from its archives, from Warren G. …
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“The Human Face of BIG DATA”

Photojournalist and author Rick Smolan’s new book and iPad App, “The Human Face of BIG DATA”, features Mary’s work from the polio epidemic in Nigeria.

FOTOWEEKDC Exhibition

Mary’s work from Congo is featured in the PhotoPhilanthropy exhibit,  “Hope Reimagined: Photography Driven by Social Change,” during the 5th Annual FotoWeekDC Festival, November 9 – 18 at The Warner Building, 1299 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC.

Photokina: World of Imaging

“Children – The Presence of the Future” Exhibit: Mary’s photographs depicting the polio epidemic in Nigeria are on display as part of the UNICEF Photo of the Year exhibit at the “Photokina, World of Imaging” photography fair held in Cologne, Germany; September 18-23, 2012. This exhibition 2012 features 88 photographs by 23 photographers from 12 different countries. …
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Right Before Your Eyes

The “Right Before Your Eyes: Photography Driven by Social Change” exhibition opens at The United Nations in New York City on August 16, 2012 and runs through September 10, 2012. The exhibition, presented by PhotoPhilanthropy, includes some of Mary’s photographs from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Together for Girls

Mary’s photographs from Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are featured in a show sponsored by BD and the NGO, “Together For Girls”; during a panel discussion entitled, “Together: Taking Action to End Violence Against Girls”, that will be held at The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. on July 25, 2012.

WORLD UNDERSTANDING AWARD FINALIST

“Polio’s Line in the Sand” was a finalist for the World Understanding Award in the Pictures of the Year International competition sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism. Congrats to winner, Tomas Van Houtryve of VII.

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HUMANKIND

Mary F. Calvert is an award-winning photographer who travels the globe documenting a wide range of issues. A natural storyteller; she remains a true believer that the light cast by photojournalism is capable of affecting meaningful social change. It is that belief and commitment to her craft that has taken her from the glaciers of Greenland to the depths of war-torn Africa and Afghanistan, always looking to shine that light.