Meg Handler, Photo Editor & Photographer
Based in Chicago. Professional Photography Editor, Researcher & Instructor with experience in diverse industries and subject matter. Highly creative and resourceful. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Reading The Pictures is a progressive site dedicated to visual politics and the analysis of news images.
-Oversee the daily photo research, editing and story ideas for this online publication. Conduct original photo research for additional online programming . ReadingThePictures is the only site dedicated to the daily analysis of news photos and media images. Launched in 2004, ReadingThePictures is closely followed by the political and visual media, the photojournalism community and university visual studies and communication programs.
Senior Photo Editor
September 2015 – August 2017
Acquire, research and edit photography for online news publication. NationSwell is a digital media company founded four years ago to fill what we saw as a void in the traditional news coverage. Too much reporting focused on the problems and challenges facing the nation without proposing alternatives, too many stories stopped short at what’s going wrong without evaluating what’s actually working and why. Our mission is to spotlight solutions to the country’s most pressing social issues, which we share with our 200,0000 Facebook followers.
Co-Curator, “Whose Streets? Our Streets! New York 1980-2000” at Bronx Documentary Center, New York.
January 2016 – March 2017
Featuring work by thirty eight independent photojournalists, this exhibit captures ordinary New Yorkers as they rallied, rioted, marched, and demonstrated. These stunning images document historic moments of violent confrontation such as the Tompkins Square Park and Crown Heights Riots and as well as organized protests involving non-violent civil disobedience and creative street theater. Collectively, these photographs, which have never before been exhibited together, chronicle New York’s history from 1980-2000. During these two decades of swift economic and demographic change, residents grappled with social issues including race relations, police brutality, housing and gentrification, AIDS and gay and lesbian rights, reproductive rights, U.S. foreign policy and military actions, art and the culture wars, environmental and animal rights issues, and education and labor relations.
May 2014 – April 2015 Co-Curator, Freelance Contractor
Edit and curate work by photographers to feature in the Exposure section of Facebook App, Paper.
September 2014-present Community Outreach
1 in 20 is a art and social media mental health initiative. A living breathing community offering validation, support and a creative outlet for people coping with and surviving mental illness.
-Research and produce trade books of a historical and educational nature.
-Work with photographers to advise content in regards to portfolios, websites and book projects.
Recent Research & Editing(2017):
-The Ross School, East Hampton, New York. Photo research and editing for K-12, new curriculum lesson plans.
-Whirld Production. Photo research for montage video for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
THE CHICAGOAN (2011) Grant Park Music Festival at Millennium Park, BIGart at Navy Pier( 2009, Photographer), Chicago Photography Center (Instructor, 2009-2010) Polaris Images (Sales Rep 2004-2007) powerHouse Books (Editor, 2003), Blender Magazine (Deputy Photo Editor , 2000-2001) U.S. News & World Report (Photo Editor, 2000), The Village Voice (Photo Editor, 1995-2000)
Photo Editor BOOKS
DETROIT UNBROKEN DOWN by Dave Jordano (powerHouse Books, 2015) WAR IS BEAUTIFUL by David Shields (powerHouse Books, Fall 2015) MAD WORLD: An Oral History of the New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s by Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein (Abrams Image, 2014) The Michael Jacksons by Lorena Turner (Little Moth Press, 2014) A Flower in the Mouth: The Beauty and Burden of Carnaval in Pernambuco, Brazil by Jason Gardner (Visual Anthropology Press, 2013) HONEY BADGER DON’T CARE: Randall’s Guide to Crazy, Nastyass Animals by Randall (Andrews McMeel, 2012) Reefer Movie Madness: The Ultimate Stoner Film Guide by Shirley Halperin & Steve Bloom (Harry N. Abrams, 2010) Pot Culture: The A-Z Guide to Stoner Language and Life by Shirley Halperin & Steve Bloom (Abrams Image, 2008) PAPARAZZI by Peter Howe (Artisan Publishing, Spring 2005) PHIL STERN: A LIFE’S WORK (powerHouse Books, Fall 2003)
Freelance Research & Editing:
Star Magazine, US Weekly, New York Magazine, COLORS, Basic Books
Fotofest Houston, Santa Fe Photo Workshops, Rhubarb-Rhubarb (UK), powerHouse Portfolio Review, Columbia College Chicago
Rochester Institute of Technology, BFA in Photography, 1990.
WordPress, Macintosh OS, Adobe Creative Suite, InDesign, Microsoft Office, Outlook, Lightroom.
Available upon request