THE LIT LIST: PHOTOGRAPHERS TO WATCH, EXHIBIT & HIRE

Jury: 2020

In the spirit of the Lit List’s mission, our jurors come from across the visual storytelling world and have demonstrated their commitment to equity and inclusion as leaders in our industry. Our jury is comprised of womxn and people of color, and represents organizations and publications like The California Sunday Magazine, Travel + Leisure, the New Yorker, Medium.com and more.

Tracey Woods is photo editor, formerly at ESSENCE, where she oversaw the photography content for the brand working with the editorial, digital, video, marketing and experiential teams. Prior to ESSENCE, she was a freelance photo editor and producer working with editorial clients, photographers and their agents.  Tracey received her MFA in Photography from Pratt Institute and a BA in Studio Art from Rhode Island College. 

Pei Ketron is a photographer and educator based in San Francisco who spent a decade teaching special education in the public school system before becoming a freelance travel and commercial photographer. Pei recently joined the Lightroom team at Adobe, with a focus on building a global photography community.

Anja Charbonneau is the founder, creative director and editor-in-chief of Broccoli, a magazine for cannabis lovers. Previously, she was the creative director of Kinfolk and a freelance photographer. Anja is based in Portland but works with collaborators across the globe.

Leo Jung is the creative director of The California Sunday Magazine, which won the Society of Publication Designers’ Magazine of the Year honors for 2017 and 2018 and a National Magazine Award for excellence in design in 2017, and Pop-Up Magazine. He is the former design director at Wired and deputy art director at The New York Times Magazine. His work has been recognized by the Art Directors Club, Type Directors Club, and the Society of Publication Designers. 

Laylah Amatullah Barrayn is a documentary photographer and occasionally organizes exhibitions. She is the co-author of MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora, the first anthology in nearly 30 years that highlights photography produced by women of African descent. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, with solo exhibitions at The Museum of the African Diaspora San Francisco, The Taubman Museum of Art (VA), MAK Gallery (Venice + London) and the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporic Arts (NY). Barrayn is currently working on a book on Black photographers due early 2021.  

Skye Senterfeit is the Photo Editor at Travel + Leisure magazine. She commissions original photography for the brand’s print and digital products, and has been part of the magazine’s photo team since 2010.


Joe Pugliese is a photographer based in California. Joe entered the photography industry as a photojournalist, shortly thereafter his focus shifted to the editorial world. Joe has shot covers and feature articles for clients such as Wired, Billboard, Variety, ESPN, and Esquire, as well as advertising campaigns for Netflix, Amazon, Warner Bros, Apple and American Express. 

George McCalman opened the doors to his own practice in 2011 after 14 years as a creative director in editorial. MCCALMAN.CO is a design studio built on the foundation of editorial expertise, bold brand messaging, and personal relationships. George nows incorporates all aspects of his creative interests into his studio practice, working as a visual journalist, commercial illustrator, and fine artist. One constant throughout his 23 year career is his ongoing collaborations with photographers.  

Joanna Milter is the director of photography for The New Yorker, overseeing all photography for the print and digital versions of the magazine, in addition to Photo Booth, the magazine’s photo blog. Since she joined The New Yorker, in 2015, the magazine’s photography has been recognized by World Press Photo, the Society of Publication Designers, and American Photography, and has received a National Magazine Award for Feature Photography. Previously, Joanna spent eleven years as a photo editor at The New York Times Magazine; for the last four of those years, she was the deputy photo editor.


Xenia Rollinson is a New York City based creative producer and director. She is currently working with Medium, spearheading photography direction and production for publications including ZORA, GEN, Marker and OneZero. Previous clients have included The New York Times, Refinery29, Uber Eats and Boohoo.   


A National Geographic photo editor for over 20 years, Elizabeth Krist is a founding member of the Visual Thinking Collective. She helps program National Geographic’s Photography Seminar, advises the Eddie Adams Workshop, coordinates Women Focus portfolio reviews, and is on the board of Women Photograph. She curated the Women of Vision exhibition and book. Krist teaches for ICP, Syracuse University, La Luz, Kalish, and Mountain Workshops. Honors include awards from POYi, Overseas Press Club, and Communication Arts. She has reviewed for the New York Times, PhotoPlus, and the Eddie Adams Workshop, and has judged for The Fence, POYi, Getty Instagram, Best of Photojournalism, and the RFK Journalism Awards.

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Special Jury 

Our special jury, consisting of Ida Garland of Callisto Media, alongside current Authority Collective board members, Mary Kang and Mengwen with the help of Lit List 2018 alum, Josue Rivas and Kelly Marshall, reviewed all 219 nominations we received. They were tasked with selecting 50 artists for our shortlist.

Josué Rivas (Mexica/Otomi) is a creative director, visual storyteller and educator working at the intersection of art, journalism, and social justice. His work aims to challenge the mainstream narrative about Indigenous peoples, build awareness about issues affecting Native communities across Turtle Island, and be a visual messenger for those in the shadows of our society. He is a 2017 Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellow, founder of the Standing Strong Project, co-founder of Natives Photograph and winner of the 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo.

Kelly Marshall is a New York based photographer specializing in interiors, travel and portraiture. Her commercial and fine art work are interwoven as she explores inherent belief systems; how they construct our lives, our physical homes and in essence, our everyday reality. Currently she is directing the feature length documentary Birthing of A Nation, documenting African American birth workers in reflection of the American maternal health care crisis.

Mengwen Cao is a photographer, multimedia artist, and educator based in New York. Their recent work investigates the in-between space of race, gender, and cultural identity. They were a 2018 Magnum Foundation fellow, 2018 Lit List awardee and 2019 PDN 30 awardee. They are one of the board members of Authority Collective and a founding member of Chinese Storytellers.  

Ida Garland is the Art Buyer for Callisto Media. Previously, she was an agent/producer at Apostrophe Reps where she worked alongside numerous artists on large scale ad jobs, smaller editorial and social media projects. She has also worked as a Photo Editor at magazines such as Entertainment Weekly, Popular Mechanics, and various lifestyle magazines under Hearst Corporation. She and her family are from Puerto Rico and have lived in 11 other US states. She is a lover of photo illustration, design and prides herself on her vast sneaker collection.

Mary Kang is a South Korean American editorial photographer based in New York City. She is one of 11 board members at Authority Collective, an organization which seeks to amplify talented and underrepresented visual storytellers in mainstream media. When approaching photos, Kang is inspired by her friend Shiyam Galyon’s quote, “I want to live in a world that feels moved by photos of non-white people at their best moments in life, rather than at their worst” while not ignoring the real issues that many marginalized communities face. Kang’s previous clients include The New York Times, The Washington Post, Juxtapoz Magazine, The New Yorker, The Fader, and more. 

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