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Sara Terry has focused on post-conflict storytelling as a
documentary photographer and filmmaker since 2000, when she transitioned
from print and public radio journalism into long-term visual projects.
During this period, she has produced two well-received main bodies
of work, “Aftermath: Bosnia’s Long Road to Peace,”
and “Forgiveness and Conflict: Lessons from Africa,”
which have earned several awards, including a 2012 Guggenheim
Fellowship in Photography.
As the founder and director of The Aftermath Project, a non-profit
grant-making and educational institution, she has been widely
recognized for crafting badly-needed conversations and coverage
about the aftermath of conflict, based on the understanding that
“War is only half the story.” For her work with The
Aftermath Project, she was given the 2008 Humanitarian Award by
the Lucie Awards, and the Rising Star Focus Award from the Griffin
Museum of Photography in 2007.
Terry is also an accomplished documentary filmmaker. Her first
film, Fambul Tok, about an unprecedented grass-roots reconciliation
program in post-conflict Sierra Leone, was supported by the Sundance
Documentary Institute, and has won several awards. After its premiere
at SXSW Film Festival in 2011, Fambul Tok enjoyed a long, world-wide
festival run and continues to screen today.
Creative, visionary storyteller with 35+ years of award-winning
experience in every medium of journalism. Change agent in the
profession, dedicated to broadening conversations and creating
opportunities for others. Experienced in national and international
coverage, with a focus on social justice and post-conflict issues.
Engaged in teaching visual literacy and critical thinking. Guggenheim
Fellow in Photography 2012. Visual, verbal, passionate.
Founder and Artistic Director of The Aftermath Project (www.theaftermathproject.org),
a non-profit grant and educational program that supports photographers
covering post-conflict stories and disseminates their work. Responsible
for creating the organization, branding, building partnerships,
overseeing annual grant competition and book publication, developing
new conversations in the photojournalism and documentary photography
worlds about the importance of aftermath issues. 2003 –
Documentary photographer and filmmaker since 2000. Photography
has appeared in several news outlets, including New York magazine,
Fortune, Stern, The New York Review of Books, the New York Times
Lens-Blog, Newsweek (Japan) and Glamour. Formerly a staff writer
for The Christian Science Monitor and then magazine freelance
writer whose work appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine, Fast
Company, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times and Rolling
Stone. Founding reporter for the Monitor’s public radio
Director and producer of two-feature length documentaries:
* Fambul Tok, www.fambultok.com (supported by the Sundance Documentary
Institute; world premiere, SXSW Film Festival 2011; broadcast
on EPIX, 2012; DVD distribution by First Run Features).
* FOLK, www.FOLKdocumentary.com (funded solely through crowd-funding
and individual donations; world premiere Nashville International
Film Festival, 2013).
Frequent public radio guest host for national public radio program,
“To the Point” produced by KCRW, Santa Monica, from
2000 to 2014.
Member of the International Cinematographers Guild (Local 600)/still
Consultant for documentary filmmakers and documentary photographers,
writing grant proposals, synopses, treatments, and strategizing
audience engagement campaigns.
Audience outreach coordinator for Good Pitch Chicago 2015.
Teacher training, classroom work and curriculum development with
Facing History and Ourselves, based on visual literacy and aftermath
issues, using the work of The Aftermath Project.
Workshop designer and leader, “The Community Storytelling
Project,” a year-long photography workshop at Venice Arts,
Organizer and lead teacher of photography workshops with students
from Tufts University, examining aftermath issues in northern
Uganda, India, Houston and Pine Ridge Indian reservation, often
in collaboration with local community members. Other workshops
include “Finding Your Visual Voice” at Shakerag Workshops,
Selected talks include: TEDx Nashville (“Storytelling in
a Post-Journalism World”); the Annenberg Space for Photography
(“War: Witnesses to Photography”); the Jimmy Carter
Library; Marquette University (Peacemaker in Residence); the Chicago
Humanities Festival; the Society for Photographic Educators.
Experienced fundraiser in grant-writing and crowd-funding. Obtained
approximately $700,000 in grants from donors such as the National
Endowment for the Arts, Open Society Foundations, the Compton
Foundation, the Sundance Documentary Institute, Chicken and Egg,
etc., and in grants/fellowships for personal projects. Creator
and manager of four successful Kickstarter campaigns, totaling
AWARDS - Photography:
-Guggenheim Fellow 2012
-Humanitarian Award, Lucie Awards 2008
-Rising Star Focus Award, Griffin Museum of Photography 2007
-Alicia Patterson Fellowship for “Aftermath: Bosnia’s
Long Road to Peace,” 2005.
-Finalist, Alexia Foundation Award, for “Aftermath: Bosnia’s
Long Road to Peace,” 2003.
-Grand Prix Jean-Louis Calderon, 17th annual SCOOP and News Festival
(for a selection of photos from “Aftermath: Bosnia’s
Long Road to Peace”), Angers, France. Nov. 2002
Print and public radio:
Overseas Press Club (2), Sigma Delta Chi (1), Corporation for
Public Broadcasting (2), Clarion/Women in Communication (2).
Featured as one of the ten best women journalists in the United
States in the book, “Women on Deadline: A Collection of
America’s Best,” Sherry Ricchiardi and Virginia Young,
Iowa State University Press.
“Fambul Tok,” Umbrage Editions, 2011
“Aftermath: Bosnia’s Long Road to Peace,” Channel
“The Mercy Project/Inochi,” Mado-Sha Publishing, Tokyo,
“In Search of Hope: the Global Diaries of Mariane Pearl,”
PowerHouse, New York. November 2007
“Traum und Trauma,” Fotos fur die Pressefreiheit,
Berlin. May 2007
EXHIBITIONS (Selected list):
September 2014 -- Slideluck Amsterdam, Group show, Foam Museum,
November 2012 – War/Photography, Group show, Museum of Fine
September 2011 – Solo show, Carlos Gallery, University of
July - Sept 2011 – Group show, Museum of Modern Art, Rio
de Janeiro (“Photographs from the Collection of Joaquim
July 2011 – Solo show, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR
May 2011 – Solo show, Umbrage Editions, Brooklyn, NY
March 2010 - “Discoveries,” curated group show, Fotofest,
Slideluck Potshow XIV, “Outside In,” curated group
slideshow, Aperture Gallery, New York
Feb-March 2009 – Solo show, The University of the Arts,
June 2008 – photographers:network – selection 2008
(curated group show), Siegen, Germany
June 2007 – Solo show, Leica Gallery, Solms, Germany
June 2007 – Exhibition of Photo Books (one of 50 books,
juried show) at the Festival of the Photograph
June – July 2007 – Solo show, Center for Contemporary
Arts, Abilene, Texas
November 2006 – Solo show, Society for Photographic Educators,
Western Division, Orange Coast College, California
January - March 2006 – Solo show, Museum of Photography,
December 2005 – Group show (juried) Moving Walls, Open Society,
New York and Washington DC
November 2005 – Solo show, Ziraat Bank, Istanbul
October 2005 – Center for Eastern European Studies, University
of Michigan, Ann Arbor, solo show (ran concurrent with CREES conference
on tenth-anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords)
July 2005 – Solo exhibition, Missouri History of Museum.
(concurrent with conference on the tenth anniversary of the Srebrenica
July 2005 –Group exhibition (juried), United Nations (concurrent
with observance of tenth anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre)
July 2005 – “Focused” group show (juried by
Mary Virginia Swanson), Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle
January 2005 – Solo show, RACOON (Reconciliation and Cultural
Cooperative Network), New York.
2004 – 2005 – Group show (juried) Blue Earth Alliance
at: Washington State Convention Center (Seattle); White Gallery
(Portland State University, Oregon); Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community
Center (Washington); Chase Gallery/Spokane Arts Commission (Washington).
October 2004 – Solo show, Bapst Fine Art Library, Boston
College, Boston (exhibition ran concurrent with tenth anniversary
conference of the Center for Balkans Development)
July 2004 – “Visual Proof” group show (juried
by Roy Flukinger), Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle.
October 2003 – Solo show, first Bosnian Film Festival, New
York (exhibition ran concurrent with film festival)
July 2003 – Solo show, Stolac Arts Festival, Bosnia and
March- September, 2003 – Solo show, Chrome ‘n R studio,
Los Angeles, CA
August 2002 – Group show, Blue Earth Alliance, Benham Gallery,
Terry (personal work and archives, Local 600 work)
Forgiveness And Conflict: Lessons from Africa (my Africa/Guggenheim
The Aftermath Project ("War is Only Half the Story")
Women In Photography International Charter Member
Los Angeles, CA 90034
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inquiries regarding use of and purchasing image use rights must
be directed to the photographer.
File update December 22, 2014
Registered 4/6/2015 - sending Aftermath books
Updated 4/15/2015, bio, images
Updated 5/11/2015 series of Aftermath project books "War"