Noah Addis is a documentary photographer based in Philadelphia. Since 2009 he has been working on long-term projects including Future Cities, which focuses on informal development in the world’s fastest-growing cities and The Colorado River Project, which looks at the ways the river has affected, and been affected by, the development of the American West.

His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions including those at the Loyola University Museum of Art, Foley Gallery, The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and the Philadelphia Art Alliance. His photographs are held in collections including the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, The Free Library of Philadelphia and The Philadelphia Museum of Art. Addis is the recipient of fellowships from the Center for Emerging Visual Artists, the Independence Foundation, and the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation.

His work has been published in major publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, People, US News & World Report, and Life’s Year in Pictures.

Nina Berman is a documentary photographer with a primary interest in the American political and social landscape. She is the author of two monographs Purple Hearts – Back from Iraq and Homeland, both examining war and militarism. Her work has been recognized with awards in art and journalism from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the World Press Photo Foundation, the Open Society Institute Documentary Fund and Hasselblad among others. She has participated in more than 70 solo and group exhibitions including the Whitney Museum of American Art 2010 Biennial, the Milano Triennale, 2010 and Dublin Contemporary 2011. Her work has been featured on CBS, CNN, PBS, ABC, BBC and reviewed in the New York Times, Aperture, Art in America, Aferimage, TIME, American Photo and Photoworks. She is a member of the NOOR photo collective and is an Associate Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in New York City.

Brian Cohen originally hails from London, England. A graduate of the Royal College of Art, Brian has lived and worked in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the United States, and has exhibited his work internationally, including at the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford, England, and most recently at the Pittsburgh International Airport. Brian holds a Ph.D. in Art History from Binghamton University at the State University of New York. His latest work focuses on documenting Pittsburgh’s transition to a post-industrial city. Brian lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with his wife and four children.

Scott's career got a jump start at Indiana University where he won the Hearst College Photographer of the year Competition and the Indiana Photographer of the Year award. He has photographed feature stories for a wide variety of magazines including: The National Geographic, LIFE, TIME, Fortune, Business Week. Sports Illustrated and People. His work has taken him to the jungles of Costa Rica, the swamps of Jamaica, the slums of Haiti, caves, deserts, and several rides on Air Force One with the president.

Scott has worked in 49 of the 50 US states, 10 foreign countries and won over 100 awards for his work including the 2007, 2008, 2009 editions of Communication Arts and the 2011 Black & White International Spider Awards. In October of 2011 he was honored by the National Academy of Science for work published by the National Geographic. His ability to make those around him comfortable is important to his success capturing an intimate and provocative portrayal of the people he photographs.

Photojournalist Lynn Johnson is known for her intense and sensitive work, photographing the global human condition for the past 35 years. As a regular contributor to publications such as National Geographic and various foundations, Johnson has documented celebrities and tragedies alike, bringing a subtle perspective to tough issues—the scourge of landmines, the value of threatened languages, living with HIV and the global danger of zoonotic disease.

Her photographs, based on fairness and compassion are an attempt to honor and share the stories of others. After 30 years of practicing photography, she sees her personal work moving from that of observer to advocate. Johnson uses her role as photographer and teacher to promote dialogue and encourage a change in attitudes and perceptions of intolerance and prejudice. Her Master’s thesis as a Knight Fellow at Ohio University, Hate Kills, illuminates the impact of hate crimes on American society.

She is also a frequent educator with National Geographic’s Photo Camps, using photography to help at-risk youth around the world to develop their own voices.

Martha Rial is a Pittsburgh-based photojournalist. Rial fell in love with photography as a teenager while studying Look and Life magazines. Photography allows her to combine her love of people with a passion for storytelling.

Martha previously worked as a staff photographer for The St. Petersburg Times, and her hometown newspaper, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She has won the Scripps Howard Foundation Award for Photojournalism, a National Headliner Award, and has been named Pennsylvania News Photographer of the Year. Martha's photographs documenting the lives of Burundian and Rwandan refugees won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography.

Rial frequently lectures and exhibits her work nationally and internationally. She has taught at Western Kentucky University's Mountain Workshops, Sundance Photographic Workshops and Silver Eye Center for Photography.