Lauren Walsh

director Gallatin Photojournalism Intensive New York University

Lauren Walsh teaches at New York University, where she is the founder and director of the Gallatin Photojournalism Intensive. She is also the director of Lost Rolls America, a national archive of photography and memory, and in 2023, she was named a Fulbright Specialist in Photography and Ethics.

Walsh’s newest book is Through the Lens: The Pandemic and Black Lives Matter (Routledge, 2022). Her other books include Conversations on Conflict Photography (Routledge, 2019) and Shadow of Memory (2021, co-author); and she is co-editor of The Future of Text and Image: Collected Essays on Literary and Visual Conjunctures (2012) and The Millennium Villages Project (2016), and photo editor of Macondo: Memories of the Colombian Conflict (2017). She has published widely in mainstream and academic journals and anthologies, with topics ranging from photojournalism and moral injury to documentation of war crimes to censorship. In addition to her appearances on CNN, Al Jazeera and BBC, Walsh has appeared as an expert on photography in radio programs, podcasts, and documentary films; and sits on the Board of various photojournalism organizations.

Walsh is interested in the politics and ethics of photography, and in exploring contemporary visual culture. In that vein, she heads media literacy educational initiatives both in the US and abroad, and has led workshops and lectured globally, with an emphasis on ethics and photography, as well as safety and mental health concerns for journalists. She focuses particularly on photojournalism, with a specialty in conflict/crisis photography and peace journalism. Walsh was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award from NYU.

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