Diane is a documentary photographer and photojournalist living in Brooklyn. She earned her M.A. in Art, Education & Community Practice from NYU and her B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her photography education has been largely informal, bolstered by occasional classes through graduate school, local colleges, and community organizations.
Among other places, her work has appeared in:
In addition to photography, Diane has worked in education and youth development for the past 11 years, as both a teacher and curriculum designer. Her professional background in education finally merged with her lifelong passion for photography when she began studying photography as a tool for literacy, through the work of photographer Wendy Ewald. Currently, Diane serves as Director of Programs for the Josephine Herrick Project - a nonprofit that offers free photography programs to individuals facing social and economic barriers in life.
While I don’t have a traditional background in it, photography and storytelling have been lifelong obsessions. As a kid, I would spend hours locked in the bathroom spinning epic tales and poems that I gave to people as gifts. For me, storytelling was love. When I was 15, my Dad gave me his old Nikormat camera and taught me to see stories, instead of just write them. Soon I was spending hours at this abandoned shack in the woods behind my house, scrambling through the detritus, taking black and white photos of everything to play with composition, exposure, and texture. I was spending all of my allowance on developing film, and when I started filling shoeboxes with prints, my parents wised up and bought me my first digital camera.
Since then, photography has been my way of pointing at the world to share stories I find meaningful. In college, as a community organizer who happened to carry a camera around, I was often the default photographer, and documenting the fight for social justice quickly became my form of activism. Whether covering community schools in Kenya, protests against police brutality in Oakland, or gentrification in Brooklyn, my goal is to amplify the voices and stories that are often marginalized in mainstream media. I am interested in an image’s ability to convey story and emotion, so my style gravitates towards the documentary and photojournalistic. My favorite topic to explore is PLACE. I love going somewhere new (or familiar!) and spending time listening to the sounds, taking to the people, tasting the food, looking at architecture, and getting to know what makes that place unique.
I am originally from Wisconsin, but have neither the accent nor the waistline to prove it. Okay, maybe the waistline. I spent seven years living, teaching, and running through the redwoods of the Bay Area before moving to New York City. Now I live in Brooklyn with my dog Milo, who loves to wander local neighborhoods and parks as much as I do. When not working or taking pictures, I’m cooking a new recipe for friends, rocking a karaoke stage, or exploring the great outdoors.