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.

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.

Generic Drug Nightmare

Open up your bathroom medicine cabinet and you will see what most of us see; generic prescription drugs. There was a time when we all had to ask for the generic versions of name-brand drugs in order to save some of our hard earned money, but things are different now as most health care plans …
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Mr. Clooney Comes to Washington

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you the “celebvocate”. Just about every day on Capitol Hill we are visited by the glitterati of the left coast who troll the halls of government in, what we used to call in my impetuous youth, “going to court clothes” to back one cause or another. Everyone gets …
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Bunny Ears

One beautiful spring day, the Easter Bunny came to Washington. In early April, thousands of children and their parents were welcomed to the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn. President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia greeted some of the 30,000 people who came from every state …
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Bhutan and the Art of Archery

My friends and colleagues are having a grand time teasing me. Over the last couple of weeks I have won first place in the sports picture story category of two contests: the White House News Photographers Association “2012 Eyes of History” competition and the National Press Photographers Association Northern Short Course competition. You see, I …
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“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.

New Hampshire Medicine Show

Ah New Hampshire, live free or die. As the thundering herd of reporters, photographers, politicians and pundits descend on the Granite State, they are met by every local character with a cause. The political medicine show is in town and it seems that no one can escape it. Outside Manchester’s Belmont Hall a couple of …
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Albert Einstein once said “There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.” “Miracle”, now that is a hopeful sounding word. A miracle is defined as, “A wonder or wonderful thing. Specifically: An event or effect contrary to the established …
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UNICEF Photo of the Year 2011

” Each year, UNICEF Germany grants the “UNICEF Photo of the Year Award” to photos and photo series that best depict the personality and living conditions of children all around the world. Third prize has been awarded to American photographer Mary F. Calvert for her work in Nigeria.  

Helpers in the War on AIDS

In November, I was gratified to learn that I was named one of the winners in the first ever National Press Photographers Association Short Grants Competition. NPPA president Sean D. Elliot informed me that my story proposal on women with AIDS in Washington, D.C. was one of five projects awarded grants. Sharing the honor with …
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2011 Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar

The 2011 Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar will be held December 2-3 in…wait for it!…Atlanta, Georgia!! Mary is pleased and honored to be joining an impressive list of speakers. Hope to see you there.

Fast and Furious

U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, (D-Vt), in the Senate Dirksen Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Holder was called to answer questions about a controversial undercover investigation led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and …
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

A couple of days ago, I visited the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C., situated in a beautiful spot next to the Tidal Basin across from the Jefferson Memorial and within sight of the Lincoln Memorial. I stood there in front of the 28-foot, 6-inch tall granite “Stone of Hope” from which the sculpture of Dr. King emerges and the single word came to mind: magnificent. While Washington is a city of monuments, I think this is the most impressive memorial since the Viet Nam Veterans Memorial Wall was dedicated in 1982.

Sacred Sanctuary: The Sakya Nunnery

This week I am showcasing a project I shot while in Deradun, India teaching a Momenta Workshop with Jamie Rose entitled “Project India: Photography as a Force of Change”. After we sent our students out to photograph their assignments with a variety of Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) working with Indians in a variety of areas, from …
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Barnstorm XXIV!

The leaves were changing color, the grass verdant from a boatload of recent rain and temperatures were warm up in lovely Jeffersonville, NY. I just spent a glorious fall weekend in the Catskills leading Team Turquoise at the Eddie Adams Workshop, (EAW). For the last 24 years, EAW has brought together leading photography professionals and …
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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.