Erica McDonald

I am a photographer and educator who lives in New York City. My photography is regularly commissioned for magazines nationally and internationally and has been exhibited worldwide. I began working in the field of photography under the tutelage of esteemed photo dealer Joe Folberg at Vision Gallery in San Francisco, a “mini­-mecca” for photographers. When the chance came for me to manage the gallery at The Maine Photographic Workshops, I was rewarded with the opportunity to learn through the company of some of photography’s greatest image makers. I founded DEVELOP Photo to provide resources for the enrichment of the photojournalism, fine art and documentary photography community. I love dogs, small and large alike.

I hold a BA in Linguistics from New York University with studies in Anthropology and Art History. After studying printmaking at the Massachusetts College of Art and working in graphic design, I returned to New York City to pursue my own photographic work. Since 2010, I have taught an annual intensive documentary photography workshop through Spazio Labo' Center of Photography. In 2011, I began teaching in Photojournalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and have reviewed portfolios for PDN PhotoExpo / Palm Springs Photo Festival and ASMP NY. In 2013 I became faculty at the International Center of Photography.

Commissions and publications include: Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Financial Times Weekend Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Popular Photography, Bloomberg Businessweek, Boston Magazine, Courrier International Magazine, Time LightBox, Lens, The Epoch Times, The Week, Runner's World Magazine, burn magazine and its printed collector's edition burn.01, The British Journal of Photography, The Collector’s Guide to New Art, Nonesuch Records and Rhino Records. My photographs have been exhibited in Australia, Romania, Italy, and France, and in New York by Photoville, PowerHouse, the Museum of the City of New York & South Street Seaport Museum, the Alice Austen House Museum, the Camera Club of New York, at Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey's burn gallery, at FotoWeek DC and at Gallery Carte Blanche in San Francisco, California. My work has been included in projections and exhibits at the Athens Photo Festival, the Head On Photo Festival, Fovea, LOOK3, the Angkor Photo Festival, Bursa Photofest, Palm Springs Photo Festival, the FotoGrafia Festival in Rome. Awards and nominations include IPA/Lucies, PX3, The NY Photo Awards and the Magnum Cultural Foundation.