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Author Biography

Stephanie Calabrese Roberts is an award-winning documentary photographer and the creator of LittlePurpleCow Productions. She balances client photography and digital media storytelling assignments with a focus on several long-term personal documentary projects. With her personal projects, Stephanie seeks to uncover threads of connection and commonality among diverse people divided by cultural, socio-economic, and geographic boundaries. In Spring 2009, Stephanie won the “Name Your Dream Assignment” global photography competition sponsored by Lenovo and Microsoft. This award has sent Stephanie and her "Picture Hope" project partner, Jen Lemen, on a journey to remote regions of Rwanda, Tanzania, and Nepal to capture and share images and stories of hope from courageous changemakers and wise individuals including genocide survivors, refugees, and the poorest of the poor.

Stephanie's work has been featured on,, Digital Photo Magazine, the ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) Bulletin, and her photographs have been exhibited at PhotoFest Gallery in Houston, the Atlanta Photography Gallery, Matre Gallery, National Center for Civil and Human Rights Groundbreaking Ceremony at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, and Odapark Art Center in Venlo, Holland. In 2010, she was honored as a BlogHer Voice of the Year for her "Picture Hope" project. In 2012, she was a featured speaker on the topic of iPhoneography at the annual MacWorld / iWorld conference in San Francisco and at the annual BlogHer Annual Conference in New York City. She is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers and among early leaders in the mobile photography movement – pushing the art of iPhoneography as an approach to real-time documentary.

Stephanie is the best-selling author of The Art of iPhoneography: A Guide to Mobile Creativity published April 2011 by Pixiq, an imprint of Sterling Publishing, in the US and Canada, and by Ilex Press in the UK, and Lens on Life: Documenting Your World Through Photography, published July 2012 by Focal Press in the US and Canada, and by Ilex Press in the UK. She is a co-author of Expressive Photography: A Shutter Sisters Guide to Shooting from the Heart published in 2010 by Focal Press in the US and Canada, Ilex Press in the UK, and around the world. Stephanie is a contributor to Kirtsy Takes a Bow, an artful collection of inspirations from more than 100 social media leaders, entrepreneurs and artists published by Bright Sky Press in 2009.

In January 2011, Stephanie founded Lens on Life, Inc., a non-profit organization that inspires, cultivates, and promotes a visual voice for children and young adults living in material poverty and challenged conditions around the world. The organization seeks to inspire interest and develop skills in documentary photography as a form of creative expression and storytelling.


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