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Erica McDonald

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I began working in the field of photography under the tutelage of esteemed photo dealer Joe Folberg at Vision Gallery in San Francisco, a ?mini-mecca? for photographers. When the chance came for me to briefly manage the gallery at The Maine Photographic Workshops, I was rewarded with the opportunity to learn through the company of some of photography?s greatest image makers.

As a photographer, I shoot for editorial assignments and for non profits and have invested myself in 'the dark light of this nothing' - a multiplatform project of portraits, interviews and documentary street photography that focuses on the remaining working class in a changing Brooklyn neighborhood. Continually inspired by a long line of creatives as well as by the subject and circumstance before me, I believe in the importance of lineage and the narrative in photography.

In 2011, I joined the Advisory Committee for Rehabilitation Through Photography and the Editorial Committee at Photojournale, and became an Adjunct Lecturer in Photojournalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Since 2010, I have taught an annual intensive documentary photography workshop through Spazio Labo'. Previously, I served as a contributing editor to the book 'Connections Across A Human Planet', a collection of photo documentary stories from around the world and have reviewed portfolios for PDN PhotoExpo / Palm Springs Photo Festival.

Commissions and publications include: Mother Jones, The New York Times, Financial Times Weekend Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Boston Magazine, YES! Magazine, BE Magazine, El Mundo, Gioia Magazine, The Epoch Times, The Week, Runner's World Magazine, The Globe Magazine, Search Magazine, burn magazine and its printed collector's edition burn.01, The British Journal of Photography, The Collector?s Guide to New Art, Nonesuch Records and Rhino Records.

My photographs have been exhibited in Paris and in New York by PowerHouse, the Camera Club of New York and in Chelsea, at Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey's burn gallery, at FotoWeek DC and have been included in projections and exhibits at LOOK3, the Angkor Photo Festival, Bursa Photofest, Palm Springs Photo Festival, the FotoGrafia Festival in Rome and the Slideluck Potshow. Awards and nominations include IPA/Lucies, PX3, The NY Photo Awards and the Magnum Cultural Foundation EPF, and a Lower East Side Printshop Residency.

Additional publications include Through the Years; St. Peter's Fiesta, hamburgereyes magazine, Humble Group-Show, Photojournale and the Reebok Human Rights Awards. I love dogs, small and large alike. (Self-portraits with dogs, above!) I am based in NYC and am available for photo assignments.