March 16-19, 2017   Navy League Building   Arlington, VA

Allison Shelley is an independent documentary photographer focusing on global health issues.  She is co-director of the Women Photojournalists of Washington and teaches in the photojournalism graduate program at the Corcoran College of Art and Design.  Previously, Allison worked as director of photography for Education Week newspaper and as a staff photographer for the Washington Times.


Born in Jerusalem, Israel, Michelle Frankfurter is a documentary photographer from Takoma Park, MD. She graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor's degree in English. Before settling in the Washington, DC area, Frankfurter spent three years living in Nicaragua where she worked as a stringer for the British news agency, Reuters and with the human rights organization Witness For Peace documenting the effects of the contra war on civilians. In 1995, a long-term project on Haiti earned her two World Press Photo awards. Since 2000, Frankfurter has concentrated on the border region between the United States and Mexico and on themes of migration.

She is a 2013 winner of the Aaron Siskind Foundation grant, a 2011 Top 50 Critical Mass winner, a finalist for the 2011 Aftermath Project and the 2012 Foto Evidence Book Award for her project Destino, documenting the journey of Central American migrants across Mexico. Her first book, Destino was published in September 2014 by Foto Evidence.


Sharon Farmer is a photojournalist and lectures extensively on photography and photojournalism. Farmer's current exhibit is with the ExposureGroup at the Candy Factory in Manassas, Virginia.  She paired with noted abstract artist Joyce Wellman at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C.  Farmer's most recent solo exhibits were held at the Africa House in Lynchburg, Virginia and the National Democratic Women's Club in Washington, DC. Formerly an assignment editor for the Associated Press, she was part of the A.P. team in 2003 that covered the Super Bowl in San Diego, California.  Ms. Farmer was the campaign photographer for Sen. John Kerry's presidential election campaign in 2004.

In 2016 she has been a judge for two panels for the D.C. Arts & Humanities including the Art Bank with the newly created Washingtonia Collection and the Visual Arts Fellowship Program.  For many a year she has enjoyed participating with the Shootoff Visual Media Workshops as a judge.  In 2016, Farmer received the Karsh Award at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The award was present by Estrellita Karsh, the widow of noted portraitist and photographer Yousuf Karsh,.  

Farmer served as Director of the White House Photography Office from 1999-2001. A White House photographer since 1993, she documented the Clinton-Gore Administration at it's beginning.

Ms. Farmer has been a professional photojournalist and exhibition photographer for more than 40 years, shooting news stories, political campaigns, cultural events, conferences, and portraits. Over the years she has photographed for The Washington Post, the Smithsonian Institution, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Urban League, the Brookings Institution, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. to name a few.

Ms. Farmer has taught and lectured extensively on photography and photojournalism at the National Archives, American University, the Smithsonian Institution, Mount Vernon College, The National Geographic Society, Eddie Adams Workshop, the Women in Photojournalism Conference, Western Kentucky University, Indiana University; Louisville, Kentucky's Frazier Museum, University of Miami, the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), and the History Makers education series.  She lectured in five cities for the “Flying Short Course” sponsored by the National Association of Press Photographers.

Her photographic work resides in the collections of the Clinton Presidential Library, the National Archives, the Library of Congress, Howard University's Moreland-Spingarn Collection, The District of Columbia Government, The Anacostia Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, The King Arts Complex in Columbus, Ohio, The South African Museum in Pretoria and in private collections.

Sharon Farmer majored in photography and minored in music at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree.  


(Photo by Elaine Dade)


Sunday March 19, 2017

9 AM - 12 PM