Think Tank Photo’s Sixth “About A Photograph™” Video Features Visual Journalist Sara Naomi Lewkowicz

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Think Tank Photo today released the sixth in its “About A Photograph™” video series. In it, visual journalist Sara Naomi Lewkowicz narrates the events behind her disturbing images of domestic violence.

The story changed dramatically when one night, Shane and Maggie got into a fight. Shane began to physically abuse Maggie, slamming her up against walls and choking her in front of her two-year-old daughter, Memphis.

Think Tank Photo today released the sixth in its “About A Photograph™” video series. In it, visual journalist Sara Naomi Lewkowicz narrates the events behind her disturbing images of domestic violence. The video can be found at http://aboutaphotograph.com/.

Lewkowicz had been photographing a couple, Shane and Maggie, since September. She had originally intended the story to focus on the Catch-22 many individuals find themselves in upon release from incarceration, the metaphorical prison of a stigma they can never seem to escape.

Said Lewkowicz, “The story changed dramatically when one night, Shane and Maggie got into a fight. Shane began to physically abuse Maggie, slamming her up against walls and choking her in front of her two-year-old daughter, Memphis. Shane had possession of our cellular phones, so I reached into his pocket and stole my phone back when he was distracted. I handed my phone to another adult who was in the house and instructed them to call the police. I then continued to document the abuse."

Lewkowicz was named the student winner of the 2013 Alexia Foundation grants. This annual photography grant is "dedicated to helping photographers produce pictures that promote world peace and cultural understanding." She was awarded the full-tuition scholarship to study photojournalism at the Syracuse University London Centre in the Fall plus a $1,000 USD grant to produce the story. Lewkowicz is a graduate of the journalism program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is graduate student at Ohio University's VisCom program. She's been a participant in the Western Kentucky University Mountain Workshops and the Eddie Adams Barnstorm Workshop.

Think Tank Photo’s “About a Photograph™" video series features some of the world’s leading photographers recounting the stories behind their images that captured global attention. Each short video focuses on the forces that led up to that perfect moment in time when subject, story, setting, equipment, and photographer converged.

“About A Photograph” is being produced by Kurt Rogers and Deanne Fitzmaurice, Think Tank Photo’s co-founders and award-winning photojournalists. The video series will feature current as well as classic and historic photographs that span a range of styles, including documentary/photojournalistic, fine art, nature/environment, sports, and politics.

About Think Tank Photo

Think Tank Photo is a group of designers and professional photographers focused on studying how photographers work, and developing inventive new carrying solutions to meet their needs. By focusing on “speed” and “accessibility,” we prepare photographers to Be Ready “Before The Moment,” allowing them to document those historic moments that reflect their personal visions and artistic talents. We design products that help photographers travel easier, take pictures faster, and organize their gear more efficiently.

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