Introducing the Fall 2024 Ottaway Visiting Professor: Andre Lambertson!

Andre Lambertson is an Emmy nominated award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker committed to documenting stories of transformation. Lambertson has created photo essays on social issues for magazines, books, foundations, and museums, including Time, National Geographic, Fortune, The New York Times Magazine, the Sunday London Times, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, Mother Jones, USA Today, The Ford Foundation, The Smithsonian Museum and The Corcoran Museum. His awards include, five separate Pulitzer Center grants for investigative journalism, The George Soros Foundation Media fellowship, The Webby award, Art For Justice Fund Grantee, National Press Award , The Nation grant and the National Geographic Emergency Grant for Journalists. He co-directed and shot a documentary titled “The Whole Gritty City,” about marching bands that help combat teen street violence in New Orleans, which aired on CBS .

Lambertson’s last film project, which he shot and produced, is called “Charm City.” The film documented three years of unparalleled violence in Baltimore and the people on the frontlines. The film was shortlisted for an Oscar in 2019, and aired on PBS. He recently won The Film Independent Amplifier Fellowship sponsored by Netflix.
In the Fall, Lambertson will be teaching DMJ470: Ottaway Seminar. This course explores the role of the documentary photographer/filmmaker as a visionary and story-teller with the intention of creating transformation, social change, and empowerment by going deeper. The course will explore a personal approach to storytelling on difficult subjects and how empathy and compassion can build trust and connection to sensitive subjects. The workshop is for both beginning and advanced students and provides a deep introduction to the transformative power of documentary photography with a concentration on developing deeply intimate storytelling and personal style through assignments and a long-term project.