CatchLight Visual Storytelling Summit

The Power of Visuals: Inspire. Convene. Create Dialogue.

Each Spring CatchLight gathers some of the leading voices in visual storytelling for an immersive day of portfolio reviews, conversation, and community. Launched in 2019, the CatchLight Visual Storytelling Summit aims to celebrate the power of visuals to inspire, spark dialogue and ignite change.

2019 Video Library
Brought to you In partnership with Photowings


Formerly imprisoned Bangladeshi photographer and Time’s Person of the Year, Shahidul Alam, recounts his path from photographer to human rights activist and freedom of the press leader.

Shahidul Alam is a Bangladeshi photojournalist, teacher and social activist. Alam obtained a PhD in chemistry before taking up photography, concentrating on issues of social justice. He set up the Drik and Majority World agencies, Pathshala South Asian Media Institute and the Chobi Mela festival. On August 5, 2018, Alam was arrested and detained shortly after giving an interview to Al Jazeera and posting live videos on Facebook that criticized the government's violent response to the 2018 Bangladesh road safety protests. Many international humanitarian organisations and news media called for his release without charge. He was granted bail on November 20, 2018.

Presentation: Aida Muluneh

Raising Photography Voices: Aida Muluneh on upending the foreign gaze and mentoring the next generation of photographers from Africa

DISCUSSION: Offline & Online: The future of visual storytelling in the digital age

A conversation on the future of visual storytelling with Anna Dickson, the visual lead at Google Image Search, Joel Flory, the CEO of VSCO and Benjamin Petit, Co-Director of #Dysturb

Presentation: ANDREA BRUCE

Our Democracy: Andrea Bruce combines photography, education and community engagement following Alexis de Tocqueville’s mid-1800s route in communities across the United States, asking the question, "What does democracy look like today?"

Conversation: Carlos Javier Ortiz & Robert J. Rosenthal

The Ferguson Effect? Considering police-community relations in Sacramento through documentary filmmaking, investigative journalism and scholarship


Photos by Sarahbeth Maney, check out more of her work here.

The CatchLight Visual Storytelling Summit was supported by: