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Panel Discussion "Working On Long Term Projects" at Adorama in New York

Long term photography projects require an extraordinary level of commitment and dedication. What motivates photographers to engage with a community, a family or a place for an extended period of time? How does the collaboration change both the subjects and the photographers? And what are the logistics involved with sustaining and creating the work? We will delve into these questions and more as we explore the process of this special form of storytelling. Join Moderator Jennifer McClure ( and panelists Sarah Stacke, Russell Frederick, and Pixy Yijun Liao for a panel discussion at Adorama's event space or watch online on The Photo Brigade's FB Live!

Sarah Stacke's work looks at daily life in communities whose geographies were shaped during periods of colonization. Often spending time with a community over the course of months or years, she looks at the intersection of culture and memory, and how relationships to land and borders shape identity. Select clients include National Geographic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, BuzzFeed, STAT by Boston Globe Media, The Wall Street Journal, Open Society Foundations, International Rescue Committee and Photo District News. Sarah is an adjunct faculty member at the International Center of Photography and the author of Photos Day or Night: The Archive of Hugh Mangum (Red Hook Editions, 2018)

Russell Frederick is a photographer of Panamanian heritage born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Russell’s keen understanding of the human condition, global view and upbringing inform his visual activism. He is a self taught photographer with one course of formal training from the International Center of Photography. In the early stages of his career he worked at Magnum Photos and the Associated Press as a librarian and editor. In 2004, Eli Reed invited him to be a member of the prestigious fifty plus year old African American photography collective Kamoinge. In 2016, Mr. Frederick was voted Vice President of the non profit. Russell shoots primarily b/w film medium and large format for his personal projects. His work has been published and exhibited widely across America and the globe. He is a commissioned curator, educator and passionate advocate of diversity & equality in the industry. Mr. Frederick’s twenty year documentation of his hometown Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn has brought him many accolades in the form of grants and awards from the Open Society Foundation, the Innovation Fund, the US Embassy of Ethiopia, the New York Foundation of the Arts, the Brooklyn Arts Council and the Gordon Parks Foundation to name a few.

Pixy Yijun Liao is an artist currently resides in Brooklyn and is from Shanghai, China. She is a recipient of NYFA Fellowship in photography, Santo Foundation Individual Artist Awards, Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival Madame Figaro Women Photographers Award, En Foco's New Works Fellowship and LensCulture Exposure Awards, etc. She has done artist residencies at University of Arts London, Pioneer Works, Light Work, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Center for Photography at Woodstock, and Camera Club of New York. Liao’s photographs have been exhibited internationally, including He Xiangning Art Museum (China), Museum of Sex (NY), Asia Society (Houston), Chambers Fine Art (NY), Leo Xu Projects (China), Metro Pictures (NY), Flower Gallery (NY), First Draft Gallery (Sydney) etc. She holds an MFA in photography from the University of Memphis.