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.


I just published a new gallery on, 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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Our White House

It was a beautiful spring day at the White House. That is if you like cold wet snow because that’s what dumped on DC and the surrounding region. A little snow doesn’t put the kibosh on President Obama’s schedule; in fact it was a pretty busy day at “Casa Blanca.” Twenty-eight active duty service members …
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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.

Through the Eyes of Hope

Lets talk a little bit about wisdom and compassion. Every couple of months, I receive a picture postcard in the mail from the Through the Eyes of Hope Project, a snapshot from the life of a child thousands of miles away in Rwanda. My friend, photographer, Linda Smith founded the project after a trip to …
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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.

Same-sex Adoption

Rachel Dabney clutched 14-month-old Griffin and wept as Judge Yolanda Tanner declared her “fit and proper” to be one of his moms. It was a long and uncertain road to get to Baltimore City Circuit Court, Family Division, but once Rachel and her partner Amy Rice arrived, it was over in just a few short …
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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.

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