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Strangers on a Train

As an independent photographer, I never know when or where I will meet my next client. He or she could be standing behind me at the dry cleaner, in the waiting room at the car mechanic or be the friend of a friend. Last fall a current editor of mine, Jose Lopez, Picture Editor Business/Financial …
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Prince Harry’s South Pole Heroes

News update: Retired Army 1st Lt. Mark Wise, who I featured in my 2011 blog: “Re-visiting Afghanistan,” appears in a new documentary called “Prince Harry’s South Pole Heroes,” produced and directed by Alexis Girardet. While Prince Harry and actors Alex Skarsgard and Dominic West led three teams of wounded veterans on an expedition to the South …
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International Humanitarian Law, American Red Cross

Triage photojournalist Mary F. Calvert presents her work on women in crisis around the world at a reception for the International Humanitarian Law programs of the American Red Cross at the historic Board of Governors Hall in Washington, DC, March 13, 2014.

2014 Eyes of History

In Washington D.C., our local news photographers’ organization is the White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA). It is an outstanding organization made up of still and video photographers and editors who live and work in the D.C. metropolitan area covering the White House, Capitol Hill and the endless assortment of scandals, feats and news that …
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Greetings from Tromsø

Last week the sun came back to the city of Tromsø. Well, just five hours a day, but it means the polar winter is waning. At just over 69° N latitude, this Norwegian city boasts the northernmost of many things: the world’s northernmost brewery, Mack’s Brewery; the northernmost university, University of Tromsø; the northernmost Protestant …
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Hera’s Happy Ending

My year ended with a compelling assignment from The Washington Post, the subject, a young woman named Hera McLeod. Hera was about eight and a half months pregnant when I met her. The story was about the resilience of this young woman, who just one year before had suffered the most devastating tragedy a mother …
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DOKFOTO Photofestival

Join Mary in Oslo, Norway for the DOKFOTO Photofestival at Litteraturhuset, January 23-25, 2014. Three evenings of lectures by Norwegian and international photographers.

WPOW Quarterly Meeting

Join the Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW) for a special quarterly meeting for members, featuring Mary Calvert as she presents her work on sexual assault in the military, for which she won the 2013 Canon Female Photojournalist Award. Washington DC, December 5, 2013 from 630-9 pm.

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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In Appreciation, John Joe Noone

My family lost a great man this week. My dear cousin John Joe Noone, 74, of Carrick-On-Shannon, Ireland, died suddenly August 21, of complications during heart surgery. I met John Joe twenty years ago during my first trip home to Ireland to search for my mother’s relatives. Armed only with a camera and my grandmother’s …
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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.  

Just a few words about a bridge…

I’ve been in love with a bridge for my entire life. But not just any bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge. I cannot imagine a more perfect marriage of engineering marvel and spectacular location. And who would have thought to paint it bright orange? This enduring and beloved symbol of San Francisco is guaranteed to impress …
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The Rock Idol Next Door

The Washington Post magazine asked me to photograph Mary Timony, a Washington, D.C. guitarist, for an article they were running. Timony is somewhat of an indie rock legend but you wouldn’t know it by the affable manner she presents to visitors. She is just a little hard to get a hold of. After a few …
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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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Mary F. Calvert is committed to using photography to affect meaningful social change and is known for producing work on gender based, human rights issues. For her work on sexual assault in the US Military, she is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2016 Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography and 1st Prize, Long Term Projects in the 2016 World Press Photo Contest, as well as the 2014 Alexia Foundation Women’s Initiative Grant, and the 2013 Canon Female Photojournalist Award. She has won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award twice and is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist in Feature Photography.