Carolyn Drake is an award-winning documentary photographer. Her work has been supported through grants from the Fulbright Scholar Program and National Geographic and honored by UNICEF, the National Press Photographers Association, and the Society of News Design. She was chosen as one of Photo District News's 30 emerging photographers to watch in 2006 and as one of the Magenta Foundation's emerging photographers in 2007.
Drake graduated with honors from Brown University in 1994 with a degree in American studies and media/culture. She studied photography at the International Center of Photography from 2001-2002 and subsequently pursued a master's degree in visual communication at Ohio University. Prior to becoming a photographer, she worked in New York City as a producer, interactive designer, and writer for award-winning multimedia projects.
Her clients include the Nature Conservancy, National Geographic, Gourmet, Newsweek, the New York Times, and GEO, among others. Her work for National Geographic magazine includes a story on Orthodox Judaism in New York City (February 2006) and the kosher community of Postville, Iowa (June 2005).
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Carolyn Drake is part of Panos Pictures - a photo agency specialising in global social issues, driven by the vision and commitment of its photographers and staff. Panos is known internationally for its fresh and intelligent approach and respected for its integrity and willingness to pursue stories beyond the contemporary media agenda.
Recognising that photography is more than pictures on a page, we engage in all forms of visual communication producing exhibitions, multimedia and video as well as long-term documentary projects.
We believe in the photography of ideas. Not content with merely witnessing, Panos photographers seek out stories that matter with the aim of interpreting rather than simply recording. We are not afraid to take a position on current events or contemporary issues and offer perspectives that challenge commonly held assumptions. Panos photographers bring an unparalleled understanding and awareness of the sensitivities and ethical dimensions of the issues and areas they document.
Panos Pictures has over 20 years experience working with both the commercial and non-profit sectors, actively using photography to campaign and communicate through a range of media to new and diverse audiences. Panos creates its own projects and makes its expertise available to other organisations.
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