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Foundry 2013 Sarajevo

Andrea Bruce: Using photography to open lines of communication, Foundry Photojournalism Workshop 2013

As a well-respected and experienced photographer, Andrea Bruce knows how to effectively utilize photography to tell stories. In this section of her interview with PhotoWings, Andrea Bruce explores the qualities of a photograph that lend itself to conversation starters. Photography is so effective because “you have to be involved with the picture,” she says. From the PhotoWings interview at the 2013 Foundry Workshop in Sarajevo, Bosnia.

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Through documentary photography, Andrea Bruce brings attention to people living in the aftermath of war. She is a co-owner and member of the photo agency NOOR.

The past ten years she chronicled the world’s most troubled areas, focusing on Iraq and Afghanistan. Andrea started working in Iraq in 2003, following the intricacies and obstacles of the conflict experienced by Iraqis and the US military.

Her awards include top honors from the White House News Photographers Association (where she has been named Photographer of the Year four times), several awards from the International Pictures of the Year contest, and the prestigious John Faber Award from the Overseas Press Club in New York. In 2010 she received the WHNPA grant for her work in Ingushetia and was a 2011 recipient of the Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship.

In 2012 she was the recipient of the first Chris Hondros Fund Award for the “commitment, willingness and sacrifice shown in her work.”

Andrea is a frequent lecturer and photography instructor. Currently Andrea divides her time between Kabul and Washington, DC.

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