Sustained Engagement and the Long-Term Photography Project

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Sustained Engagement and the Long-Term Photography Project

Award-winning photographer and alumnus, Thomas Holton ('05), will be in conversation with distinguished photo editor, Elizabeth Krist.

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MFA Photography, Video and Related Media SVA 214 East 21st Street New York, NY 10010

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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A long-term photographic project takes dedication and fortitude, but it also requires an ethical commitment to one’s subject, especially when photographing people or communities. For over 20-years, Thomas Holton has photographed the Lam family in New York City for his project The Lams of Ludlow Street, not only documenting their everyday lives from their changing family structure to the excitement of going to college, but also becoming a part of their lives. Joining Thomas to discuss his project and the challenges of the long-term photography project is photo-editor and curator Elizabeth Krist.

Thomas Holton '05 is a photographer and educator based in New York City. He received a BA in cultural anthropology from Kenyon College and his MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts. His ongoing project, The Lams of Ludlow Street, has documented the life of a single Chinese-American family living in Manhattan’s Chinatown over the last 20 years. The project was published as a book in 2016 by Kehrer Verlag and has been shown in the United States and abroad at venues including The Museum of the City of New York, the New York Public Library, and the China-Lishui International Photography Festival. The Lams of Ludlow Street will be featured in an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. in the fall of 2022. The work has also been published by the New York Times, Aperture, The Guardian and many others periodicals. Holton has taught at the International Center of Photography and was co-founder of the VisuaLife photography program, working with at-risk teenagers in collaboration with the Children’s Aid Society in New York City. He is currently the photography instructor at the Trinity School in New York City.

A founding member of the Visual Thinking Collective, Elizabeth Krist was a National Geographic photo editor for over 20 years. She is on the boards of Women Photograph and of the W. Eugene Smith Fund. She has freelanced for The New Yorker and Magnum Photos. Krist curated the Women of Vision exhibition and book, plus Photoville installations the last three festivals. She teaches for ICP and La Luz. For more than ten years she helped program National Geographic’s Photography Seminar, and she also participates in the Eddie Adams Workshop. Honors include the 2020 John Durniak Mentor Award from NPPA, and recognition from POYi, Overseas Press Club, and Communication Arts. Krist has judged for CatchLight, Leica, the Lit List, Lenscratch, The FENCE, POYi, FotoEvidence, Best of Photojournalism, Ian Parry, and the RFK Journalism Awards.

Photos courtesy of Thomas Holton.

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