May 10, 2019

Maury began his photography career in 1956 as a U.S. Navy Photographer's Mate.  During his illustrious Navy career, he was a diver and underwater photographer.  He served in Underwater Demolition Team Eleven.  With the team he served in three combat tours in Vietnam.  He was also a Naval parachutist specializing in free-fall photography and made more than 1,500 jumps.  His last assignment before retiring from the Navy was as Photo Chief at Pacific Stars and Stripes, Tokyo where his staff took first, runner-up and almost one half the individual awards in Military Photographer of the Year competition for three years.

Maury retired as a Chief Petty Officer in 1975 and worked as a staff photographer with the Associated Press in Boston, and spending four years with AP he became the Director of Photography for The Providence Journal in Rhode Island.  After nearly eight years at the Journal he moved to Indianapolis, Indiana and worked as the Director of Photography at The Indianapolis Star for 15 years.  He has been a visiting professor at Syracuse University working with the Military Photojournalism Classes for more than 30 years.


Jim is an accomplished public affairs specialist with more than 20-years of experience as a photojournalist, photo editor, designer, and director.  His professional career began as a U.S. Navy photojournalist working with the Blue Angels and All Hands Magazine.

He began a career in newspapers as a photographer at The Denver Post, becoming the Director of Photography after five years. He has also worked as a photographer and photo editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer; Photo Director at the Houston Post; Assistant Managing Editor of Photography at The Sun in Baltimore; and Director of Photography at The Cape Cod Times.

Jim served as the Deputy Director/Senior Photo Editor for the White House Photo Department for the final three years of President Obama's administration, assisting in the daily editing of the visual historical record of the President.  He is now the Supervising Photographer at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.


Andrew 'Drew' Geraci is a passionate and award winning photographer/cinematographer who has been in the media industry for over 15 years. At 17, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served as a Mass Communication specialist. During his time in the Navy, he was deployed to aircraft carriers, exotic overseas locations, and traveled the globe documenting military activities. After nearly a decade of service he hung up his uniform and signed on a as Senior Multimedia Producer for the Washington Times in Washington, DC. His role as a visual story-teller and leader would eventually lead him to create his own business which he currently operates and owns - District 7 Media

Drew has an affinity for creating brilliantly colored and high impact HDR motion time-lapse productions. His notoriety rose when he landed a job working with David Fincher to create the now iconic House of Cards opening credits. His work has also appeared in shows/advertisements produced by the NFL, HBO, Redbull, Sony, Apple, Nike, Discovery Channel, Cartier and more.


Born in Jerusalem, Israel, Michelle Frankfurter is a documentary photographer, currently living in Takoma Park, Maryland.

A graduate from Syracuse University with a bachelor's degree in English, Michelle has been recognized, published and exhibited worldwide.

Before settling in the Washington, DC area, Frankfurter spent three years living in Nicaragua, where she worked as a stringer for the British news agency, Reuters and with the human rights organization Witness For Peace documenting the effects of the contra war on civilians. In 1995, a long-term project on Haiti earned her two World Press Photo awards. Since 2000, Frankfurter has concentrated on the border region between the United States and Mexico and on themes of migration. She is a 2013 winner of the Aaron Siskind Foundation grant, a 2011 Top 50 Critical Mass winner, a  finalist for the 2011 Aftermath Project and the 2012 Foto Evidence Book Award for her project Destino, documenting the journey of Central American migrants across Mexico.

Her first book, Destino was published in September 2014 by Foto Evidence.


Eric Long is a senior staff photographer for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.  He has served the Smithsonian as photographer since 1983, beginning his career at the Office of Printing and Photographic Services based at the Museum of American History, transferring to the Air and Space Museum in 1996.  His expertise is in lighting. During his years with Photographic Services, Eric worked on many documentary projects:  Reflections on the Wall, The Vietnam Memorial; presidential inaugurations; An Oral History of Southern Agriculture; The Marine Corps Officers Candidate School; Festival of American Folklife; and various marches, celebrations and protests surrounding Washington D.C.  

Eric has contributed photography to more than 20 books including: Star Wars, The Magic of Myth; At The Controls; In the Cockpit volumes 1 and 2; On Miniature Wings and other publications, and is a contributing editor and photographer for Smithsonian Air and Space Magazine.  Eric is a graduate of Southern Illinois University, and lives in Montgomery Village, Maryland.


Photographer, Story Developer and Producer.

Karen career began as a volunteer in the hills of east Tennessee, collecting oral histories of local communities. She later joined the Virginian Pilot newspaper as a staff photographer winning numerous honors including runner up for Newspaper Photographer of the Year and placing in the Robert F. Kennedy Awards. Karen began freelancing for National Geographic magazine for which she photographed 25 major stories. In 1999 she was awarded Geographic's prestigious Photographer in Residence position. Her work examines issues of science, public health, and global change.

Karen's books, NURSE: A World of Care and IMPACT: From the Front lines of Global Health were both nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in community service. Karen is intrigued by how science allows us to understand ourselves and how that shapes our destiny. Her international coverage of the effects of radiation on humans received top honors in the Pictures of the Year competition.  Predominately a still photographer and storyteller, Karen has created audio-slide shows and video for web and broadcast. Her recent collaboration with two colleagues and Blue Chalk Media a 30-minute broadcast film on Japanese War Brides, told through the voices of three women who journeyed from Japan to America during the postwar years. The film was licensed by BBC World Media.  In 2005, Karen founded Little Black Dog Productions. She received the first 'Grant for Good” from Getty Images to document the transition of a long-lived environmental nonprofit based in Tennessee. She has conducted workshops for various universities and non-profits including Save the Children, Jhpiego and CRS.  She has been an adjunct professor at Ohio University, George Mason University, the Corcoran Insitute of Art and Design and George Washington University.  

She also does assignment work for various non-profits in areas of global health.  Because of this work she was invited to join the prestigious International League of Conservation Photographers.   She most recently joined the board of the Parks Insitute created to educate the public about the importance of federal lands.  She has been leading photo expeditions for National Geographic and other organizations since 2011, teaching photography to travelers in Galapagos Japan, Iceland, Papua New Guinea, Egypt, Greenland, Alaska, and Antarctica  She was invited to speak at the first TEDx MidAtlantic in Baltimore on the need to visualize Global Health issues. Her clients have included:  National Geographic Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, New York Times, Washington Post Magazine, US News and World Report, GEO Magazine, Smithsonian, Catholic Relief Service, Gates Foundation and Jhpeigo.  She holds undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and Religion from the University of Michigan. She was awarded the Knight Fellowship at Ohio University where she received her Master's in Photography and Communications.


Brandon is a New York-based Technical Representative and Product Educator for Canon USA. He has forged a career after working for several commercial, wedding, and portrait studios, shooting both photography and cinematography. His biggest passion, outside of teaching, has been his work covering the National Hockey League as a photojournalist.