I work with brands, nonprofits, and editorial outlets to find strategic solutions for creative problems. With experience in project management, creative/art direction, photo/video production and editing, and curation, I am currently pursuing new opportunities to create physical and digital experiences that make people’s lives better.

Empathy is my superpower. Whether that’s empathizing with my clients’ time and budget constraints, empathizing with audiences to craft visual messaging to meet them where they are, empathizing with colleagues to create healthy work environments where everyone is valued and respected, or empathizing with people whose stories we tell. Human behavior is driven by story and the best storytelling is collaborative, authentic, provocative, and persuasive.

As Co-Founder & Creative Director of Diversify Photo, I advocate for greater representation of marginalized groups in the photography industry because it is good for business and good for culture. We create resources for art directors and photo editors to find and hire photographers of color and partner with organizations to elevate and amplify our member’s voices through exhibitions, speaking engagements, and corporate sponsorship.

My clients and publications include Handshake, Newsweek, The New York Times, AARP, The Open Society Foundations, ESPN, T. Rowe Price, and InterContinental Hotels. I have juried competitions for Getty Images, American Photography, The FENCE, and The Connecticut Art Director’s Club. I've reviewed portfolios for The American Society of Media Photographers, The National Press Photographers Association, and The New School. I've spoken and lead visual storytelling workshops at Syracuse University, The University of Oregon, The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Western Kentucky University, and Trinity College. My work has been recognized by The Telly Awards, iTunes, The National Press Photographers Association, College Photographer of the Year, and The Student Academy Awards, among others.

I hold an M.S. in Photography from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a B.A. with Honors in Studio Arts from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and I am an alum of the Eddie Adams, Kalish, and Mountain Workshops.

Wise Media, LLC, 2016 - Present
    Open Society Foundations/United Photo Industries, Contract Project Manager, 2019
    Handshake, Contract Art Director, 2019
    Trix Magazine, Contract Photo Editor, 2019
    AARP, Contract Photo Editor, 2018 - 2019
    Newsweek, Contract Photo Editor, 2017
    Alexia Foundation, Acting Director of Communications, 2018

Co-Founder & Creative Director, Diversify Photo, 2017 - Present
Lead Photo Editor, ViewFind, 2015 - 2016
Project Director, Family. Life, 2014 - 2015
Independent Photojournalist, 2011 - 2013
Multimedia Intern, The Victoria Advocate, 2012
Photo Intern, The Hartford Courant, 2012
Assistant, Shana Sureck Photography, 2011-2012
Intern, Jill Wachter Photography, 2010
Research Assistant, Coffey Consulting, LLC, 2008

2019    Gold, Telly Awards, Branded Content - General, Budget Under $100,000, "A Love Letter: Back to the Mara"
2018    Open Show NYC #26, “Hysteria,” Brooklyn, NY
2017    Honorable Mention, Visura Grant for Outstanding Personal Project, “Hysteria”
2017    New York Portfolio Review, New York, NY
2016    Semi-Finalist, Student Academy Awards, "55 Days"
2016    Best New App in News, iTunes, "ViewFind"
2016    American Web Design Award, Graphic Design USA, "Family. Life."
2016    1st Place, Mini-Site/Special Section, SSND, "Family. Life."
2013    Bronze, Interpretative Project, 71st CPOY, "RETURNED"
2013    Eddie Adams Barnstorm XXVI
2012    1st Place, General News, NPPA Clip Contest, "There She Is"

2019    "Covering a Crisis: Media Representation of Overdose in America" exhibition
            Photoville, Brooklyn, NY
2018    "A New Gaze: Decolonizing American Photography" exhibition
             PDN PhotoPlus Expo, New York, NY
2018    "IN/VISIBLE" exhibition
              Photoville, Brooklyn, NY
2015    "Family. Life.” limited run photo book, interactive website, social media
2014    "Violent Times” e-book by Andrew Renneisen


2019    ASMP Portfolio Reviews, Photoville, New York, NY
2019    American Photography Open
2019    The New School Portfolio Reviews, New York, NY
2019    The FENCE, United Photo Industries
2018    Getty Images Creative Bursary
2018    Northern Short Course Portfolio Reviews, Fairfax, VA
2017    Getty Images Creative Bursary
2017    Northern Short Course Portfolio Reviews, Fairfax, VA
2017    AI-AP, Latin American Fotografía 6
2016    SPJ of Western Washington, Passion Projects Grant
2016    NPPA Northern Short Course Portfolio Reviews, Iselin, NJ


2018    Fall Workshop, Syracuse University, Syracuse NY
2018    Women Focus, The Newseum, Washington, DC
2017    Fall Workshop, Syracuse University, Syracuse NY
2016    Mountain Workshops, Western Kentucky University, Paducah, KY
2016    Fall Workshop, Syracuse University, Syracuse NY
2016    StoryArc Cinematic Journalism Workshop, University of Oregon, Portland, OR
2015    Fall Workshop, Syracuse University, Syracuse NY


2019    "Photographing the Overdose Crisis," panel
            presented by United Photo Industries and Open Society Foundations, Photoville, Brooklyn, NY
2018    "A New Gaze: Decolonizing American Photography,” panel
            PDN PhotoPlus Expo, New York, NY
2018    "Up Your Insta Game,” workshop
            Syracuse University, Fall Workshop, Syracuse, NY
2018    "Connecting with Culture,” panel
            presented by Leica, PhotoVille, Brooklyn, NY
2018    "A Celebration of Black Women in Photojournalism,” panel
            Adorama, New York, NY
2018    "How Should Legacy Media Confront Their Racist Past?" publication    
            News Photographer Magazine
2018    "These Photographers Are Ensuring That Diversity Becomes More Than an Industry    
            Trend,” press, Artsy
2017    "Photographers, Men in Authority, and Sexual Harassment,” press
            Photo District News
2017    "The Lit List is Recognizing the Photographers the Industry Overlooks.” press
            Format Magazine
2017    "Playing God in Post,” presentation
            NPPA Northern Short Course, Fairfax, VA
2016    "Strategies for Sensitive Visual Storytelling,” panel
            presented by The Photo Brigade, Adorama, New York, NY
2016    "You Do You: Charting Your Course in Photojournalism and Beyond,” presentation
            Western Kentucky University, Mountain Workshops, Paducah, KY
2015    "RETURNED: Portraits of People Deported to Brava, Cape Verde,” publication
            University of Oxford, Faculty of Law, Border Criminologies
2015    "The Wretched Face of Forced Immobility,” press
            University of Oslo, Department of Social Anthropology


2015    M.S. in Photography, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
2011    B.A. with Honors in Studio Arts, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut

Andrea Wise | Visual Communications & Digital Media Expert | NYC, NJ, NY

Andrea Wise is visual communication and digital media expert working with artists, media outlets, tech startups, production companies, and brands to develop and deploy impactful narrative visual storytelling experiences. As Co-Founder of Diversify Photo, she is a vocal advocate for inclusivity in the photography and journalism industries, and her own documentary practice is rooted in challenging representational histories and stereotypes in art and the media. 240-401-3946 www.andreawise.com andrea@andreawise.com
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