2023 Speakers

William Albert Allard

A major force at National Geographic magazine and in mainstream photography for 50 years, photographer and writer William Albert Allard is a pioneer of color photography and a master of portraiture who approaches his subjects with an open mind and a respectful interest that has earned him the trust of those he photographs.  Producing images with a painterly quality—nuanced detail, rich color palettes, and intricate composition— William Albert Allard is as much an artist as he is a photographer.  The son of a Swedish immigrant, Allard grew up in Minnesota, attended the Minneapolis School of Fine Arts and the University of Minnesota from which he graduated in 1964. In 1994 Allard received the Outstanding Achievement by an Alumni Award from the regents of the University of Minnesota.   

William Albert Allard has contributed to National Geographic Society magazine stories and books as a photographer and writer since 1964. Allard has published more then forty articles in the magazine. Allard also has been published in most major U.S. and European publications.  He has photographed in 30 countries.

 William Albert Allard is author of seven highly acclaimed books, including the award-winning Vanishing Breed, Photographs of the Cowboy and the West, nominated for The American Book Award,and of which the Associated Press said, “This is a classic.” Vanishing Breed received the Western Heritage Wrangler Outstanding Western Art Book Award for 1983 from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center.  It was the first time that award had been given to a photographer rather than a painter. His book, William Albert Allard: Five Decades, a retrospective and memoir explores his long career in both words and pictures.  His latest book, William Albert Allard—Paris—Eye of the Flaneur, is a 31-year retrospective of his love for the city of Paris. A former contributor to Magnum Photos, his prints appear in private and museum collections.  Among his worldwide exhibits, his one-man show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran, Iran, in 2002, was the first exhibit of an American artist in Iran since 1979.  Allard has had three exhibits at the annual Visa pour l’Image in Perpignan, France, as well as two evening projections there.    

He lives near Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife, Ani, and two dogs, Lizzy and Rosie.

Daniella Zalcman is a Vietnamese-American documentary photographer based in New Orleans, LA. She is a 2021 Catchlight Fellow, a multiple grantee of the National Geographic Society and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation, and the founder of Women Photograph, a nonprofit working to elevate the voices of women and nonbinary visual journalists.

Her work tends to focus on the legacies of western colonization, from the rise of homophobia in East Africa to the forced assimilation education of Indigenous children in North America. Her ongoing project, Signs of Your Identity, is the recipient of the Arnold Newman Prize, a Robert F Kennedy Journalism Award, the FotoEvidence Book Award, the Magnum Foundation’s Inge Morath Award, and part of Open Society Foundation’s Moving Walls 24. You can find her work in National Geographic Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Mashable, BuzzFeed, TIME, The New York Times, and elsewhere.

Daniella is a proud member of the Authority Collective and Diversify Photo, a co-founder of Indigenous Photograph, a co-founder and creative director of We, Women, and a co-author of the Photo Bill of Rights.

Daniella regularly lectures at high schools and universities, and was a visiting professor at Wake Forest University from 2018-2020 and the 2022 T. Anthony Pollner Distinguished Professor at the University of Montana. She is a member of the board of trustees of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, the board of directors of the ACOS Alliance, and the board of governors of the Overseas Press Club. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in architecture in 2009.

Julio Cortez is a Pulitzer Prize-winning staff photographer for The Associated Press covering Baltimore. A graduate of Cal State University, Northridge, and a native of Mexico City, Julio earned a Pulitzer Prize in 2021 with a photograph that anchored a ten-photographer team providing images from the riots following the death of George Floyd. He has contributed to national and international coverage of news and sporting events.

On the news side, he was part of a nine-photographer team who covered the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. He led the coverage of Superstorm Sandy, and was among the first journalists to get into the ravaged barrier islands, delivering images of houses smashed onto the Mantoloking bridge and a partially submerged roller coaster that plunged into the ocean when its pier was destroyed in Seaside Heights. Other notable news contributions include being the only still photographer to capture images of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the leader of the International Monetary Fund, heading to jail when he was arrested on sex charges in New York. Cortez also helped with national coverage of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre and the post Boston Marathon bombing manhunt. The latter produced more than 70 front pages with images of a Boston Police officer swarmed by people celebrating the capture of the bombing suspect. Recently, he became an FAA licensed drone operator and his aerial coverage has ranged from feature photos to coverage on the U.S./Mexico border, allowing readers a chance to get a more comprehensive view of what is going in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.

On the sports side, Cortez has contributed to coverage of four Olympic Games while covering marquee sports such as gymnastics and ice hockey. He has been covered four Super Bowls, and followed Team USA during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Amongst Cortez’s most memorable NFL football images is the Odell Beckham one-handed catch, which has been reprinted on billboards, ad campaigns and TV sports shows.

Cortez began his career as a reporting stringer for the LA Times and LA Daily News out of high school. He covered mostly high school and college sports for the Daily News while working his way through college. Also during college, Julio participated in photography internships ranging from Spanish publications in Dallas and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, a mid-size paper in West Texas and The Associated Press in Chicago.

Mike Davis photo by Mark Osterman

Mike Davis is a visual storytelling consultant, editor, educator and author. His first authored book, about visual storytelling, is due out late 2022. Mike directed The Alexia Grants for eight years while holding a chaired faculty position at Syracuse University.

Before teaching, he was a visual leader at National Geographic, The White House and five visually strong U.S. newspapers. Mike was twice named picture editor of the year, as were several of those who worked for him. He has edited more than 40 photo books and hundreds of projects of note, taught and lectured in various settings. He hails from a small town in Nebraska and now lives in Minneapolis.

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