Daniella Zalcman is a Vietnamese-American documentary photographer based between New York and Paris. 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 2017 Arnold Newman Prize, a 2017 Robert F Kennedy Journalism Award, the 2016 FotoEvidence Book Award, the 2016 Magnum Foundation's Inge Morath Award, and part of Open Society Foundation's Moving Walls 24. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in architecture.
Mallory Benedict is a digital photo editor for National Geographic where she works on original cross-platform storytelling on the website, Instagram and Snapchat. As the photo editor for National Geographic's Special Investigative Unit, she works with a team dedicated to exposing wildlife crime through in-depth reporting. Her work across National Geographic has been recognized by Pictures of the Year International and Society of Publication Designers.
Sara Ickow is the studio manager for a Brooklyn-based film production company and previously worked as a Curatorial Assistant and Collections Manager with the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in their Department of Photographs. She also works as a freelance collections manager. She holds an MA in art history from NYU's Institute of Fine Arts, where she studied photography and time-based media art and wrote her thesis on Walker Evans in the 1930s. Her BA from Trinity College, Connecticut is in French and Art History.
Vi Nguyen is a Brooklyn-based documentary filmmaker, photographer, and educator. She holds a BA in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and an MS in Multimedia, Photography, and Design from Syracuse University. Her ongoing project, “The Liberation of Nostalgia,” seeks to dismantle and disrupt the singular narrative of war's history, particularly, the American war in Vietnam. She is motivated by alternative notions of collective memory, history, and intergenerational trauma in post-conflict countries and communities of the Southeast Asian diaspora. Recently, she taught photography for National Geographic Student Expeditions, the New York Times Journeys, and the International Center of Photography. Previously, she worked in documentary film with Meerkat Media Collective and Blue Chalk Media. Currently, she is a fellow at the Logan Nonfiction Program at the Carey Institute for Global Good where she is collaborating on a documentary film following a Southeast Asian activist in the rural south of the United States.