Amy Toensing, an American photojournalist committed to telling stories with sensitivity and depth, is known for her intimate essays about the lives of ordinary people.
Toensing has been a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine for over a decade and recently completed her thirteenth feature story for them. She has covered cultures around the world including the last the cave dwelling tribe of Papua New Guinea, the Maori of New Zealand and the Kingdom of Tonga. She has also covered issues such as the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina and Muslim women living in Western culture. For the last 3 years she has been documenting Aboriginal Australia.
Toensing began her professional career in 1994 as a staff photographer at her hometown paper, The Valley News, in New Hampshire. She then worked for The New York Times, Washington D.C. bureau covering the White House and Capitol Hill during the Clinton administration. In 1998, Toensing left D.C. to receive her Master’s Degree from the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University.
In addition to her photojournalism work, Toensing is committed to teaching photography to kids and young adults in underserved communities. This includes working with the non-profit organization VisionWorkshops on numerous projects including teaching Somali and Sudanese refugees in Maine and Burmese refugees in Baltimore photography. Last year she traveled to Islamabad to teach young Pakistanis photojournalism and cover their own communities.
KICKSTARTER PROJECT (until 3/15/13)
The Photo Society
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTO WORKSHOP // SANTA FE Sept 22-28, 2013
POETIC STORYTELLING w/ SANTA FE PHOTOGRAPHIC WORKSHOPS // San Miguel de Allende, October 20-26, 2013
This week's interview was conducted by Pattie McNab who runs her own visual media company, McMushroom Media, which includes PJ Photo Editors, a consultancy that helps professional photographers reach their full potential. Before working for herself Pattie was a photo editor at The AP and Getty Images, collaborating with photographers on spot news and longer-term photo stories. She lives in NYC with her husband and two children.
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