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Meredith Davenport

MMW 10: July 2011

Meredith Davenport is a documentary photographer and artist. Her documentary work focuses on issues involving human rights and social justice. She photographed the rise of President Hugo Chavez in Venezuela for National Geographic. She has also explored the impact of high levels of violence on the daily life of the city of Medellín, Colombia for National Geographic and documented the rise of militant Islam in Bangladesh for The New York Times Magazine.

Meredith lived in Latin America for seven years. In 2001, she was awarded a Pew Fellowship in International Journalism and traveled to Sudan to report on the lives of the Nuba people, forgotten by the civil war. She is the winner of a POYi and the 2001 UNICEF Child Photo of the Year award as well as a Puffin Foundation grant for a body of work on the effects of pesticides in children in Costa Rica. In 2001, she produced and shot a segment on child soldiers in Colombia for HBO’s highly-acclaimed documentary, Child Soldiers In 2005 she was awarded special residency by The Corporation of Yaddo. She is an Assistant Professor at the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Meredith participated in the July 2011 MediaStorm Storytelling Workshop. She had the following to say about her experience:

Thank you all for an intense and incredible week of work. I was surrounded by extraordinarily talented and accomplished people all dedicated and extremely focused on telling this story in the best way we could. I slept very little and learned more than I could have imagined. I feel so fortunate to have been a part of the workshop and very proud of what we did together.

Nine Digits by Gabriela Bulisova, Meredith Davenport and Dominik Baumann

Nine Digits tells the story of Cesar, a young man fighting for U.S. citizenship.