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Alison Morley

09: Aug 2013

Alison Morley is chairperson of the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism Program at the School of The International Center of Photography in New York City. She has been an educator for 20 years.


She worked in Los Angeles with her own studio doing editorial portraiture for magazines such as Shape, Redbook, Rollingstone, Cosmopolitan, Film Comment and Los Angeles Magazine. Her photographs have been published in several books including; Backstory: Screenwriters of The Golden Age, edited by Patrick McGilligan.


She is a photo editor with 30 years of experience. She has been the Photography Director of The New York Times Sophisticated Traveler, Audubon, Life’s Millennium and Century Issues, Civilization, Esquire, Mirabella, Elle and The Los Angeles Times Magazine. Currently, she works as a consultant to magazines and individual photographers.


She has been the photo editor for several major monographs including: Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal and Afghanistan: The Road to Kabul, both by Ron Haviv; Potosi: The Mountain That Ate Men by Stephen Ferry; The Soviet Union by Shepard Sherbell and Aging in America By Ed Kashi.


She has written on photography for magazines and books as well as lectured and lead workshops in the U.S.A., Bangladesh, the Philippines, Colombia, Argentina, China, Hungary and Uganda.

She has received numerous awards for photo editing from American Photography, the Society of Publication Design and Communication Arts and is on the nominating committee for Visa Pour L’image in France and World Press Photos in The Netherlands.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts and attended Simmons College, majoring in Communications, she graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California with a BFA in Photography.

Alison participated in the August 2013 MediaStorm Methodology Workshop. She had the following to say about her experience:

With a background of wide ranging experience of participants, the room was filled with palpable enthusiasm. People came from all over the world to witness the exciting ideas about storytelling that MediaStorm so masterly presents. As an educator, I found the workshop particularly helpful in facilitating a better curriculum and a methodology of identifying the tools and resources inherent and sometimes hidden in the layers of a multi-media story, allowing one to experience the power of interpretation as an act of reporting.