Photography Director, Executive Producer & Visual Storyteller

About

Amy Pereira is an award-winning photography director, executive producer, photo editor and visual storyteller

Photography Director, Curator + Creative Consultant

 

Who I Am

I am a photography director, producer and curator specializing in documentary photography and long-form visual storytelling with two decades of experience overseeing award-winning digital and print content. As Director of Photography at MSNBC (2013 - 2016), I spearheaded multiple long-form projects including The Geography of Poverty by Matt Black about income inequality in America, Continental Drift made in partnership with Magnum Photos about the global refugee and migrant crisis and Political Theatre by Mark Peterson published by Steidl Books which followed the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. Prior to that, I was a longtime senior photo editor at Newsweek magazine (2000 - 2011). I often sit on juries, panels and give talks about photography and visual storytelling as well as act as a guest mentor and masterclass teacher (The Magnum Foundation Photography & Social Justice Fellowship and the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass most recently). In addition to my extensive work in both print and digital media, I also edit books of photography.

What I Do

I partner with media companies, agencies, brands, institutions and independent photographers to craft engaging and impactful documentary and editorial visual narratives.  Leading teams in creating distinct, premium content across digital platforms, print media, books and exhibitions, I provide direction on all aspects of visual storytelling including; curation, concept development, creative direction, photo editing/sequencing & story design, advise on production strategies, distribution approaches and potential partnerships. 

Say Hello:  amy@amypereira.com


SELECTED HONORS + AWARDS

American Photography Annual AP33, 2018

NPPA, First Place, Documentary Multimedia Package, Continental Drift: The Global Migrant Crisis, Magnum Photos, 2017

PDN Photo Annual, Multimedia winner, “Continental Drift: The Global Migrant Crisis” Photographs by Magnum Photos, 2017

PDN Photo Annual, Photographer of The Year, Mark Peterson for “Political Theatre”, 2017

American Photography Annual AP32, 2017

POYi, Third Place, Visual Editor of The Year, 2017

Winner, Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, Matt Black for “The Geography of Poverty”, 2016

NPPA, Documentary Multimedia Package third Place “Geography of Poverty”, Photographs by Matt Black, 2016

POYi, Third Place, "Political Theater", Photographs by Mark Peterson, 2016

Webby Award, Best Individual Editorial Experience Honoree, “Geography of Poverty” Photographs by Matt Black, 2016

Webby Award, Best Use of Photography Honoree, "Our Old Familiar Globe is Gone", Photographs by John Francis Peters, 2016

PDN Photo Annual, Editorial winner, “Political Theatre” Photographs by Mark Peterson, 2016

SND Best of Digital Design Award of Excellence, 2016

American Photography Annual AP31, 2016

Winner, W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, Matt Black for “Geography of Poverty”, 2015

EPPY Award, Best Photography, “Geography of Poverty”, 2015

World Press Photo, Second Place, Long Feature, “The Fence” by Charles Ommanney, 2015

NPPA, Honorable Mention, Domestic News Picture Story “CPAC” Photographs by Mark Peterson, 2015

PDN Photo Annual, Photojournalism/Documentary winner, “CPAC” Photographs by Mark Peterson, 2015 

American Photography Annual AP30, 2015

PDN Photo Annual, Editorial winner, “Community Wrestles with Unhealed Wounds” Photographs by Wayne Lawrence, 2014

American Photography Annual AP29, 2014

POYi, Third Place, Magazine News Story Editing for “A Dictator Dispatched” Photographs by Alex Majoli, 2011

POYi, Award of Excellence, Editing (team) “The Last Witnesses” Photographs by Tim Hetherington + Chris Hondros, 2011

POYi, Third Place, Magazine Picture Editing Portfolio for multiple stories (team), 2011

American Photography Annual AP27, 2011

NPPA, Second Place, Magazine Picture Editor of The Year, 2010

NPPA, Third Place, Photo Editing, Magazine Story for “The Mosquito, Revised” Photographs by Francesco Zizola, 2010

NPPA, Honorable Mention, Photo Editing, Magazine Story for “Africa On Its Own” Photographs by Guy Tillim, 2010

American Photography Annual AP26, 2010

Deadline Club, Winner, Photo Feature for “No One Much Cares” Photographs by Eugene Richards, 2009

Art Directors Club, Silver Medal Photography for “Images of an Unresolved War” Photographs by Bill Burke, 2009

NPPA, Second Place Photo Editing, Magazine News Story for “Images of an Unresolved War” Photographs by Bill Burke, 2009

NPPA, Honorable Mention, Photo Editing, Magazine News Story for “Green Countries”, 2009

American Photography Annual AP25, 2009

Art Directors Club 87th Annual, Merit Award, Magazine Editorial for “Gang Warfare” Photographs Moises Saman, 2008

SPD 43, Merit Award, Feature Photography Spread for “Scars of War” Photographs Tim Hetherington, 2008

NPPA, Second Place Magazine News Story Photo Editing, “Gang Warfare” Photographs Moises Saman, 2008

NPPA, Third Place Magazine News Story Photo Editing, “Witness on the Darfur Plateau” Photographs Paolo Pellegrin, 2008

American Photography Annual AP24, 2008

NPPA, Honorable Mention Photo Editing, Magazine Story Opener “True Pain” Photographs by Paolo Pellegrin, 2007

PDN Photographic Annual for Crisis in Darfur Photographs by Jan Grarup, 2007

PDN Photographic Annual for “True Pain” Photographs by Paolo Pellegrin, 2007

American Photography Annual AP23, 2007

ASME, National Magazine Awards, Finalist, Newsweek magazine for General Excellence (team), 2006

NPPA, Third Place Photo Editing, Magazine Story Opener “Broken Borders” Photograph by Tim Hetherington, 2006

NPPA, Third Place Editing, Newsweek Photo Department, Best Use of Photography by a Magazine (team), 2006

SOPA, Award for Editorial Excellence, 1st Place Feature for “Continental Divide” Photographs by Paolo Pellegrin, 2006

SOPA, Award for Editorial Excellence, 1st Place Photography for “Living on The Edge” Photographs by Jan Grarup, 2006

American Photography Annual AP22, 2006

ASME, National Magazine Awards, Finalist, Newsweek magazine for General Excellence (team), 2005

ASME, National Magazine Awards, Winner, Newsweek magazine for General Excellence (team), 2004

ASME, National Magazine Awards, Finalist, Newsweek magazine for General Excellence (team), 2003

ASME, National Magazine Awards, Winner, Newsweek magazine for General Excellence (team), 2002

ASME, National Magazine Awards, Finalist, Newsweek magazine for Photography (team), 2002

TALKS, JURIES, REVIEWS + WORKSHOPS

Mentor, Photography and Social Justice Fellowship, The Magnum Foundation, 2018

Jury, Getty Images Reportage Grant, June 2018

Reviewer, Blink Portfolio Review, New York, NY, April 2018

Mentor, Photography and Social Justice Fellowship, The Magnum Foundation, 2017

Jury, The Alexia Foundation, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University, March 2017

Guest Speaker, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University, March 2017

Jury, Flash Forward Emerging Photographer Project, The Magenta Foundation, Toronto, Canada, March 2017

Guest Lecturer, The International Center of Photography, New York, NY, March 2017

Nominating Committee, The CatchLight Fellowship, Berkeley, CA, January 2017

Speaker, The News Impact Summit, European Journalism Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands, December 2016

Speaker, Steidl X Strand, Interview with Photographer Mark Peterson, New York, NY, October 2016

Panelist, PDN/PhotoPlus Expo, Javitz Center, New York, NY, October 2016

Master Teacher, The Joop Swart Masterclass, World Press Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands, September 2016

Jury, The Fence, Photoville, Brooklyn, NY, September 2016

Jury, LensCulture/Magnum Photography Award, New York, NY, June 2016

Reviewer, New York Times Portfolio Review New York, NY, April 2016

Speaker, AP31 Big Talk Panel, SVA Beatrice Theatre, New York, NY, November 2015

Reviewer, Review Santa Fe Juried Portfolio Review, Santa Fe, NM, June 2015

Reviewer, New York Times Portfolio Review New York, NY, April 2015

Reviewer, Review Santa Fe Juried Portfolio Review, Santa Fe, NM, June 2014

Speaker, 20x20 Live, SVA Beatrice Theatre, New York, NY, September 2014

Jury, AP31 American Photo, New York, NY, March 2014

Nominating Committee, The Magnum Foundation Fund, New York, NY, June 2013

Master Teacher, Workshop, Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, Dhaka, Bangladesh, February 2003

PROJECTS, BOOKS + SHOWS

Guest Creative Director, "States of Vulnerability" Photographs by Matt Black, TIME Magazine and TIME.com, 2018

Creative Direction, forthcoming book by Thomas Prior, 2018

Photography Director, This is America advertising campaign for Global Citizen, 2017

Executive Director, Continental Drift: The Global Migrant Crisis, Photographs by Magnum Photos, MSNBC 2016

Executive Director, Geography of Poverty, Photographs by Matt Black, MSNBC 2015-2016

Photo Editor, Bomba, Photographs by Thomas Prior, Self-Published 2016

Executive Director, Political Theatre, Photographs by Mark Peterson, MSNBC 2015-2016

Photo Editor, Political Theatre, Photographs by Mark Peterson, Steidl Books 2016

Guest Curator, Political Theatre by Mark Peterson, Just Another Photo Festival, Varanasi, India, November 2016

Guest Curator, The Geography of Poverty zine for Magnum/MSNBC/Instagram, Photoville, Brooklyn, NY 2015

Executive Director, Our Old Familiar World in Gone, Photographs by John Francis Peters, MSNBC 2015

Guest Curator, Slideluck, Alice Austen House, Staten Island, NY, July 2014

Photo Director, Committee to Protect Journalists Annual Report, CPJ 2012

Photo Director, Basetrack: One-Eight Photographs book by Teru Kuwayama + Balazs Gardi, Self-Published 2011

Photo Director, Committee to Protect Journalists, Annual Report, CPJ 2011

Photo Editor, Afghanistan Broken Promise Photographs by Moises Saman, Charta 2007

Preface Author, First Light: Photography of GMB Akash, Glow Publishing 2006

Contributor, The World’s Top Photographers: Photojournalism by Andy Steel, Rotovision 2006

Contributor, Witness: The World's Greatest News Photographers by Reuel Golden, Seven Oaks 2005