May 11, 2019
Linda Epstein— is Senior Photo Editor at ShareAmerica, a division of the International Information Programs at the U.S. Department of State. Just previously, Linda was a contract photo editor with the Washington Post which included photo researcher for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize-winning national database won by the Post for national reporting. Prior, Linda spent 15 years as senior photo editor for McClatchy-Tribune (formerly Knight Ridder/Tribune), the second largest wire service in the United States, handling all the photos for the McClatchy Washington Bureau's regional, national and foreign correspondents. Prior to KRT, she worked as a picture editor and assignments editor during her three years at The Washington Times. Linda started her journalism career as a photographer for several newspapers in Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and Ohio. A graduate of Syracuse University, Linda is a member of the White House News Photographers Association and National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). She served on NPPA's Board of Directors as a Regional Director or Associate Director for over 10 years.
Born in Jerusalem, Israel, Michelle Frankfurter is a documentary photographer, currently living in Takoma Park, Maryland.
A graduate from Syracuse University with a bachelor's degree in English, Michelle has been recognized, published and exhibited worldwide.
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.
Arriving in the nation's Capital in 1985, I studied at The Catholic University of America, graduating in 1990 with a political science degree. After successfully being published several times, I was asked to come on board as chief photographer for The World & I magazine, an internationally published monthly with an audience of educators and government leaders. Shortly after, I was signed under contract by the Black Star picture agency to provide stock images and to fulfill assignments primarily in Washington D.C. As chief photographer for The World & I, I routinely covered The White House. When I began at the age of 23, I was the youngest photographer to obtain that position. I also cover Congress, the Pentagon and other government arenas.
While maintaining a role in Washington photography, I've broadened my base into assignments that offer more creatively challenging opportunities. I worked to promote location photography for the magazine and logged thousands of miles to locales such as Cuba, Mexico, Eastern Europe, the Caribbean, and 30 of the 50 states. In Mexico, I shot bullfights and ruins; in the Caribbean, rain forests and local artisans; in Bermuda, pink beaches and haunting lighthouses; in Cuba, poverty and despair; and in California, immigrants crossing the border. I believe my photographs, usually taken under strenuous conditions and on tight deadlines, captured the flavor and personality of the location while also emphasizing the highest level of photographic detail and expertise.
I augment my editorial photography with corporate clients, who appreciate my ability to blend photographic skill and creativity with their specific organizational goals and directives. Using state-of-the-art computer equipment, including film scanners, I am able to meet worldwide deadlines and maximize exposure for clients. I strenuously uphold the guidelines of the photographic industry and have assumed the role of educating influential businesspeople about the art and science of photography today.
Finally, I satisfy my artistic whims with photography taken for its own sake—as an item of beauty and inspiration. My photographs have been purchased as art in both Washington and California. One image has been printed as an inspirational poster by the Smithsonian Institution's Air and Space Museum. As a Native-American photographer, I took my skills and put them to use for the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.
I have two daughters Charlotte, born in March of 2000, and Diana, born in January of 2004.