On September 25, 2007 photographer Steve Liss visited UNC photojournalism students as part of the school’s monthly PhotoNight lecture.
Steve Liss, a native of Quincy, Massachusetts, has been a news photographer since the age of 17 when he began taking pictures for his hometown weekly newspaper, The Quincy Sun. He has been photographing the United States for Time since 1976.
Though he’s covered six presidential campaigns, his greatest satisfaction comes from exploring themes of social significance through photographs of everyday life. Forty-three of his photographs have appeared on the cover of Time and he has won numerous awards from the National Press Photographer’s Association, Pictures of the Year, and the World Press Association. In 2004 he was awarded the Soros Justice Media Fellowship for his book No Place For Children: Voices From Juvenile Detention (University of Texas Press, 2005) and in 2005 he received an Alicia Patterson Fellowship to continue documenting poverty in America. Most recently he was the recipient of the 2006 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for coverage of issues affecting the disadvantaged. Liss teaches photojournalism at the graduate school at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
His work can be seen at www.steveliss.com
Audio by Chris Carmichael
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