Fotofusion 2015

Join Mary at Fotofusion 2015, the 20th Annual International Festival of Photography and Digital imaging at the Palm Beach Photographic Center, January 20-24, 2015 in West Palm Beach, Fl.

Happy Holidays from Hampden hon!

I love the holidays, the lights, the magic and the wonder. A few days before Christmas however, it gets a little crazy out there. I think Charles Durning said it best in his prayer from the movie “Home for the Holidays.” (Just change out Thanksgiving for Christmas or Hanukkah or Festivus.) “Dear lord, we realize …
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Keep Cool and Carry a Trumpet

Every so often I like to re-visit my subjects from completed projects. Several years ago I did a story I called “Birth of the Cool” (sort of an ode to Miles Davis) about a young trumpet prodigy named Geoffrey Gallante. At the age of six, Geoff had perfect pitch and could read music. I found …
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Savoring the moments…

In September, I traveled to Perpignan, France where my project “The Battle Within: Sexual Violence in America’s Military” was going to be exhibited at the Visa Pour L’Image photojournalism festival. On the way to the airport, I received a phone call from Whitney Johnson, Director of Photography at New Yorker magazine who asked me if …
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2014 Alexia Foundation Women’s Initiative Grant

Mary is the 2014 recipient of the Alexia Foundation Women’s Initiative Grant for her  proposal: “Missing in Action: Homeless Female Veterans.”

My exhibition in Perpignan

Last summer I was awarded The Canon Female Photojournalist Award 2013 by the Association of Female Journalists (AFJ) for my project, “The Battle Within: Sexual Violence in America’s Military.” Next month the project will be exhibited at Visa Pour L’Image, International Festival of Photojournalism in Perpignan, France, from August 30 to September 14 in the …
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Another day in picture paradise

Whoever said that being a photojournalist is glamorous and exciting? Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love what I do and I wouldn’t trade it for anything because it’s not just a job but also a calling. It’s just that following that calling as an independent photojournalist requires an additional skill set that has little to do …
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An Afternoon With Lauren

It was pouring rain the day I went to photograph novelist Lauren Francis-Sharma at her home in Kensington, Md. I was blessed with yet another great assignment from The Washington Post A gracious, attractive woman, Francis-Sharma was knee deep in an interview with Washington Post writer Krissah Thompson when I arrived. Cups of tea and …
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Writer Iris Krasnow turns her pen on Mary

The amazing writer Iris Krasnow, recently a subject of mine for The Washington Post, AND my blog, turned her pen on me for The Capital, a newspaper in Annapolis, Md.        

Finally, some outrage…

Earlier this month I asked my social media friends, “where is the outrage?” Several weeks ago, the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, under cover of darkness, abducted more than 200 teenage schoolgirls from their beds at the Government Girls’ Secondary School in northeastern Nigeria. They have made many chilling threats, including selling the girls, taking …
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Voice of America interview

Mary is proud to have been interviewed and photographed by Julia Taboh and Adam Greenbaum from VOA, “Photographer Aims Lens at Women in Crisis”.

A Whirlwind Named Iris

I just love a thunderstorm. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean the scary kind that fells giant trees, knocks out power lines and hurts people. I’m talking about something a bit more gentle but alluring, a little wind whipping through the newly sprouted leaves, that fresh scent of rain, the sky a deep …
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WPOW and POYi panel

Please join Mary on Saturday, April 26 at 11:30 a.m. at the Newseum in Washington, DC for a panel discussion: “Covering Under-reported Issues.” WPOW: Women Photojournalists of Washington partner with POYi and panelists Mary F. Calvert, Annie Griffiths and Ami Vitale, with MaryAnne Golon moderating.  See you Saturday!  

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.

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.