Kelsey Cronin, Boston University, is the winner of the NPPF Still & Multimedia Scholarship.

Among her academic and professional accomplishments are:

Associate photo editor at Boston University’s student newspaper The Daily Free Press (spend 4 hours a week editing photos for print and online publication, oversee staff photographers, photograph events and cover breaking news, design illustrations and graphics); staff photographer at Boston University’s student magazine The Buzz (photograph spreads for the print publication, photograph for monthly online stories); staff photographer at the Boston University Chapter of Spoon University; Intern at Ort Farms (designed produce displays and photographed them for advertisements, designed brochures and logo, wrote press releases, managed a media event); made Dean’s list for the 2014-2015 school year.

Career Goals

I have an insatiable curiosity about the world—specifically about the people who inhabit it—which inspires me to photograph the intricacies of the human condition. Following graduation, I want to tell stories mainly through photography, whether it be for a newspaper, magazine, or online publication.

I’ve taken a few film production classes and although my true passion lies in photojournalism, I would also like to explore documentary filmmaking as another medium to tell stories. Additionally, I love the power of words, so I am open to incorporating writing into my career as well.

Ideally I would like to work in long-form journalism so I can spend an extended period of time with the subjects I am working with, which would allow me to dig deeper and hopefully tell the story more completely. However, I also enjoy photographing spot news and local events. I’m currently working on a personal project in which I’m taking black and white portraits of people I meet on the street and then overlaying a map of their hometown on their face, which combines both photojournalism and fine art. My end goal for the project is a multimedia piece combining the photographs with the audio of each subject talking about what home means to them. So at the end of the day, I would be happy in any area of photojournalism, as long as I have a camera and a notepad.

Ultimately, I hope that my post-graduation work will serve as a loudspeaker for voices who might not otherwise be heard. I want to document life, from the farthest reaches of the earth to my own backyard. If even one person can benefit from my work, whether subject or viewer, I will be satisfied.


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