FOTOmentor Award 2021

Maggie Steber


Mothers Funeral, ©Maggie Steber

Mothers Funeral, ©Maggie Steber

Maggie Steber is a Guggenheim Fellow and documentary photographer who has worked in 70 countries photographing stories about the human condition. She is a contributing photographer to National Geographic Magazine and named as one of 11 Women of Vision by the Magazine in 2013. Besides her documentary work, her ongoing personal project is The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma, supported by a two-year grant from the Guggenheim Foundation. Other honors include the Pulitzer Prize Finalist 2019, the Lucie Award for Photojournalism 2019, Overseas Press Club President’s Award 2019, Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award in 2020 for commitment to the craft of visual journalism that advances the profession, the Leica Medal of Excellence, World Press Photo Foundation and Pictures of the Year Awards, the Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service to Journalism from the University of Missouri, the Alicia Patterson Grant, the Ernst Haas Grant, and a Knight Foundation Grant. Steber has worked in the small nation of Haiti for 30 years. Aperture published her monograph on Haiti entitled DANCING ON FIRE. Her work is published in multiple platforms and publications and is exhibited in dozens of festivals and galleries throughout the United States and overseas,  Her photographs are included in the American Women Collection at the Library of Congress, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Richter Library and many private collections. She is affiliated with VII Photo Agency and the National Foundation for Young Arts. Maggie is the recipient of the FOTOfusion 2021 FOTOmentor Award.

Maggie Steber, a Guggenheim Fellow and Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2019, is the recipient of the Palm Beach Photographic Centre’s FOTOmentor Award during FOTOfusion 2021.

About the FOTOmentor Award:

Each year, the PBPC Awards Committee selects a photographer to receive the FOTOmentor Award in honor of his/her lifetime achievements in the world of photography. Previous recipients include distinguished photographers:

  • Ruth Bernhardt
  • Bill Eppridge
  • Elliott Erwitt
  • Lawrence Gartel
  • Ralph Gibson
  • Carol Guzy
  • Walter Iooss Jr.
  • Michael Kenna
  • David Hume Kennerly
  • Robert Glenn Ketchum
  • Douglas Kirkland
  • John Loengard
  • Duane Michals
  • Ralph Morse
  • David Muench
  • James Nachtwey
  • Arrnold Newman
  • Gordon Parks
  • Sebastiao Salgado
  • Howard Schatz
  • Maggie Steber
  • Evon Streetman
  • David Turnley
  • David Rubinger
  • Joyce Tenneson
  • Vincent Versace
  • Albert Watson
  • Art Wolfe

Museum Exhibit

Maggie Steber
"From the Heart"

February 17 to April 30, 2021

Her exhibition, From the Heart, presents a broad brushstroke of her work done in 70 different countries. From photographing the birth of a new day for Haiti to the melancholic voyage of her mother’s memory loss to her many National Geographic Magazine stories, it also includes images from her latest personal project, The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma.

Free Virtual reception February 18th, 2021, 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Contact our office for a link to the opening reception.

> CLICK HERE for information on the exhibit on the website