About Us and The Artist

             Joanna is a career photographer. She began with a small studio as a portrait photographer in Austin, Texas, branching out into landscape photography. However, she now works almost exclusively in the photo-documentary. "Photo-documentaries are what I do to try to make a difference. I’d like to think that my work has evolved over the course of my career. I work to capture images that share either a particular theme or are a social commentary on a specific issue. I try to use my art to help others view the world from a different perspective. It is amazing how when I am in the moment, time stops and the magic happens, if only for a fraction of a second, when I press the shutter button."

               Although digital technology has taken over the imaging industry, Joanna does not alter her images. As a film trained photographer, she still uses a hand-held light meter, tripod and sets all camera specs manually. "You can’t change the reality of what is. Even though I use a digital camera, I still photograph the reality in front of me and present it as I have photographed it. Old fashioned or not, I still believe in the integrity of my photographs and miss the traditional darkroom. True photography will always be about capturing the light, listening to the world around me, and documenting what is."

             Joanna is an award winning photographer, whose documentary work has received numerous awards including Best Cultural Commentary. She is also a three time competitor in the renowned ArtFields competition. She was inducted into the National Association of Women Artist headquartered in New York CIty in 2019.

“Could a greater miracle take place than to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?”  Thoreau

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