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Non-profit media organization CatchLight will present its 2022 Visual Storytelling Summit on April 19-20, 2022 at the San Francisco Institute of Contemporary Art.

Two immersive days of conversation, inspiration and community will feature some of the leading voices in visual storytelling. Global and local CatchLight fellows, including Andrea Bruce, Yesica Prado, Josué Rivas, David Rodriguez Muñoz, Bayeté Ross Smith, Felix Uribe and Daniella Zalcman, among others, will discuss their projects with artists, founders, technologists and innovative creatives working at the nexus between art, media, journalism, technology and social impact such as Marcel Pardo Ariza, Kwame S. Brathwaite Jr., Sara Wessen Chang, Jonathan Dotan, Jeremy Hay, Mabel Jiménez, Gillian Laub, Tara Pixley and Chanell Stone.

“Images have the unique power to emotionally connect people to issues, create understanding, and ultimately build trust and empathy,” describes Elodie Mailliet-Storm, CEO of CatchLight. “Visual storytelling is an essential part of the information ecosystem, but one that is increasingly threatened by the decline of media, large and small. The CatchLight Visual Storytelling Summit aims to bring together leaders in the fields of visual, media, technology and social impact to help define the future and sustainability of the field of visual journalism.

Panels will be held at ICA SF for a limited in-person audience and streamed live on the CatchLight website. Recordings of each discussion will be recorded and available for viewing after the Summit. Aida Muluneh’s presentation will be broadcast from the first Africa Foto Fair Virtual.

Register for the in-person event here.
Sign up to watch the live stream here.

The Visual Storytelling Summit 2022 is organized by the San Francisco Institute of Contemporary Art.

To ensure the health and safety of all our participants, all in-person guests will be required to present proof of vaccination upon check-in and will be required to wear a mask for the duration of the program.


Tuesday April 19 – 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
– State of Photography, Behind the Numbers: Survival in a Changing Industry with Tara Pixley and Daniella Zalcman
The ethical question of photojournalism: who can tell the story of a community? with Mabel Jiménez, Felix Uribe and Yesica Prado x Josué Rivas
Uncovering Stories + Creating Movements with Kwame Samori Brathwaite and Bayete Ross Smith

Wednesday April 20, 12-4 p.m.
Africa’s Emerging Talent: Cultivating the Next Generation of Storytellers with Aida Muluneh
– Visuals and Confidence in Web3 with Jonathan Dotan
Confronting representation in visual media: what does it mean to be an image gardener? with Daniella Zalcman, Marcel Pardo Ariza, Chanell Stone and Sara Wessen Chang


Onsite at ICA SF, CatchLight Global Fellow Bayete Ross Smithit is Red Summers: Domestic Terrorism 1917-1921 will be presented. This series of 360 virtual reality videos combines archival photography and contemporary video to examine how the events of this period had a direct impact on the social, political and economic trajectory of America throughout the 20th century and in this current moment of division and social unrest. in the country.

Also on site, CatchLight Global Fellow Sparsh Ahujais selected by Sundance child of the empire– an animated virtual reality (VR) docudrama experience – will immerse viewers in one of the greatest forced migrations in human history: the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947. The film takes audiences through a deeply personal perspective on this epic historical event, providing a powerful counter-narrative that gives new perspective on the effects of forced migration on ordinary individuals. Child of Empire is part of the Ahuja Peacebuilding Immersive and Experiential Virtual Reality Project Lost Migrationswhich will premiere in July at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London for the 75th anniversary of the partition of India and Pakistan.

During the Summit, attendees will be able to explore CatchLight’s educational initiatives, including the Visual Media Education program developed in partnership with PhotoWings Educational Partners and Dysturb, titled A Field Guide to Visual Journalism. This guide provides educators, parents, and students with resources on fake news and exposing misinformation, social media best practices, reading photographs, and the importance of local visual journalism.

A pop-up bookstore will be showcased at the Summit, featuring monographs and zines from global and local CatchLight Fellows, as well as titles from Cultural partner Opening-including Kwame Brathwaiteit is black is beautiful and Gillian Laubit is Family matters. A signing session with Gillian Laub will take place at Summit Closing Reception on Wednesday, April 20 from 4-6 p.m. at ICA SF.

In partnership with ICA SF and Minnesota Street Project (MSP)—and sponsored by Pamela & David Hornik— pictures of CatchLight Global and Local Fellowsas well as the speakers from the summit, will be glued to their respective sites in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco, highlighting the power of the images.


CaptureLight is a nonprofit media organization that believes in the power of visual storytelling to foster a more nuanced and empathetic understanding of the world. Borrowing from art, journalism and social justice practices, they harness the power of visuals to inform, connect and transform communities. CatchLight brings together resources and organizations to discover, develop and amplify visual storytellers at all levels. The organization is investing in the future of visual storytelling through two scholarship programs. The CatchLight Global Fellowship offers four Visionaries in the Field grants each year to develop long-lasting storytelling projects, engage audiences, and continue their work as innovators and leaders defining the future of the field. The local CatchLight exchange seeks to establish the long-term sustainability of visual journalism by pairing partner newsrooms – with little or no visual storytelling capacity – with community visual journalists, local fellows, to provide inclusive, in-depth, accurate and contextualized information locally to the Public. In 2021, CatchLight expanded its local program and launched the CatchLight Local Visual Desk in California, a $2 million investment to address the decline of visual journalism in the Golden State.

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