TPS PRESENTS: AMY TOENSING

Join us for The Photo Society Presents Amy Toensing on October 3, 2023 at 12:00PM ET. This event is free and open to the public. This event is made possible with the support of our friends at Epson America. Please feel free to share the link https://tinyurl.com/tpsamyt

Amy Toensing is a visual journalist committed to telling stories with sensitivity and depth and has been a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine for over twenty years. She has photographed communities around the globe including the last cave dwelling tribe of Papua New Guinea and remote Aboriginal Australia. She has also covered environmental topics around climate change, land conservation and food insecurity. Toensing has co-directed short documentary films about urban refugee children in Nairobi and the marginalization of widows in Uganda. Her work has been exhibited throughout the world and recognized with numerous awards, including two solo exhibits at Visa Pour L’image in Perpignan, France. Toensing is currently a National Geographic Explorer, BenQ Ambassador and FUJIFILM Creator. She lives in Central New York with her husband Matt Moyer (also a visual journalist and filmmaker) and their daughter Elsa Rose.

Amy will give a brief overview of her career and then discuss how her work as a “people photographer” has recently become more focused on the human connection to the environment through her last three stories for National Geographic magazine; A rewilding conservation project in Montana, a land and waterway preservation project in the Northeast United States and a program to bring back the American Chestnut Tree with genetic engineering. 

The talk will be followed with a Question-and-Answer session moderated by TPS Communications Director Alex Snyder. One lucky participant will win a signed print from Amy made with Epson technology.

This event is free and open to the public. Please share the link https://tinyurl.com/tpsamyt

About the author

RANDY OLSON’s 27 National Geographic magazine projects have taken him to many countries in Africa, the Siberian Arctic, Abu Dhabi, American Samoa, Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Dubai, Guyana, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kamchatka, Newfoundland, Pakistan, Palmyra, Republic of Georgia, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, and the South Pacific.
National Geographic Society published a book of his work in their Masters of Photography series in January 2011. Olson was the 2003 Magazine Photographer of the Year in the Pictures of the Year International (POYi) competition, and was also awarded POYi’s 1992 Newspaper Photographer of the Year—one of only two photographers to win in both media in the largest photojournalism contest operating continuously since World War II. While working at The Pittsburgh Press, Olson received an Alicia Patterson Fellowship to support a seven-year project documenting a family with AIDS, and a Robert F. Kennedy Award for his story on problems with Section 8 housing. He was also awarded the Nikon Sabbatical and a grant from the National Archives to save the Pictures of the Year collection.
Melissa Farlow and Randy Olson are photojournalists in the documentary tradition. Their work has taken them to 50 countries over the past 20 years. Even though they are published in LIFE, GEO, Smithsonian and other magazines, they have primarily worked on 50 projects for the National Geographic Society. They normally work individually, but have co-produced National Geographic magazine stories on northern California, American national parks, and the Alps. They photographed the southern United States for a book by Collins Publishing and have collaborated on over 70 books by various publishers.