Andrea Star Reese is a documentary photographer based in New York and Jakarta. Ms. Reese received The Lucie Award-Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year in 2016, the 2014 David Pike Award for Excellence in Journalism Photography, Best Social Documentary from the 2009 New York Photo Festival, and was a finalist for the 2011 POYI, World Understanding Award. Other recognitions include: International Photography Award, and a Julia Margaret Cameron Award to mention a few. Most recently Reese contributed to Innovation & Equality, a photography series and exhibition by United Nations Development Programme 2017, and The First One Hundred Days, an International Center of Photography Museum. window projection. Other exhibitions include: Visa Pour L’Image Perpignan, Musee de L’Elysee, and Angkor Photo Festival in 2013. Her Photobook, titled, Urban Cave, a photo reportage on unsheltered men and women living underground in New York City was published in 2015 by FotoEvidence. She has been published Internationally.  Andrea Star Reese has co-directed three multimedia projects for Human Rights Watch and was the Originator, Producer, and Director of the Shanksville, PA story collection for the Voices of 911 part of Here is New York: A Democracy of Photographs.

Recent work includes:

DISORDER (2011-2016), a Lucie Award Winning ongoing 10+year documentary reportage on abuse against people with psychosocial disabilities in Indonesia was first exhibited and screened at Visa Pour L’Image Perpignan, and Angkor Photo Festival in 2013. In 2016 Images from the essay were used by Human Rights Watch in the 2016 report LIVING IN HELL and as part of the Break The Chains Campaign against shackling. Photographs from the 2013 Exhibition at Visa Pour l'Image PhotoJournalism festival and a story on lightbox.time.com triggered a Human Rights Watch interest and their ongoing subsequent investigations and reports.

URBAN CAVE (2007-2014), a seven-year documentary reportage on unsheltered men and women living underground in New York City was first exhibited at Visa Pour L’Image 2010 where it was a Visa d’Or, Feature nominee. Most recently photographs from Urban Cave were exhibited at Musee de L’Elysee, Lausanne and are part of the museum’s collection. The project received the 2014 David Pike Award for Excellence in Journalism_Photography, and Best Social Documentary from The 2009 New York Photo Festival. Urban Cave was awarded 2nd place from 2014 Kontinent Awards and in 2011, a second place Fotovisura Award. Urban Cave was a finalist for both the 2013 FotoEvidence book award and 2011 POYI: World Understanding Award among other recognitions. The series was included in several exhibitions for FotoEvidence and ReGeneration 2 and exhibited at Theory of the Clouds Gallery, Kobe, Japan, and the 2013 Athens Photo Festival.

The Urban Cave Photo Book, edited by Alison Morley was published in 2015 by FotoEvidence. 

Ms Reese began her career as a filmmaker in 1983 and transitioned to Photojournalism/Documentary Photography in 2007.  Andrea Star Reese is a 2010 fellow in Photography from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a reGeneration2 photographer.

Images from Disorder and Urban Cave have received wide International coverage in print, wire, and media publishing.

Published credits include:

Al Jazeera, AJ+, CNN, CNN.com, Sidney Morning Herald, BBC News Alerts, The Guardian, Time.com, Huffington Post, El Dario, Goteborgs Posten, Irish Examiner, El CIUdadano, Feature Shoot, Business Insider, Lightbox.time.com, Vogue.It, Kompas, Jakarta Post, Media Indonesia, Neue Zucher Zeitung, Le Monde, Liberation, New York Times Lens Blog, Alternatives Internationales, Sunday Times Magazine, Paris Match, The Fader, Le Loop, NPR, Fiasco.


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                   Women Photograph, National Press Photographers Association NPPA, VISURA
                        National Writer's Union NWU, International Federation of Journalists IFP
RECENT: 2020 Multimedia:  THE FORGOTTEN PEOPLE: Indonesians with Psychosocial Disabilities Living in Social Care Institutions amidst the Novel Corona Virus Pandemic, PJS/IMHA Perhimpunan Jiwa Sehat/Indonesian Mental Health Association, A Disability Rights Organization.
2016, 2018, 2019 Research, Photography, and Multimedia Co-Director: Human Rights Watch Indonesia 

RECOGNITIONS: most notable
2016 Lucie Award Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year_DISORDER
2016 The Berlin Foto Biennale_Documentary Award: Best Portfolio on Human Rights_ DISORDER

2016 IPA 1st Place Professional,  Deeper Perspective_ DISORDER
2016 Two Julia Margaret Cameron Awards_FIRST Overall_ DISORDER and URBAN CAVE
2014 David Pike Excellance in Journalism Award, photography category_ URBAN CAVE
2011 Finalist POYI_ Picture of the Year World Understanding_URBAN CAVE
2010 Nominated VISA POUR l'IMAGE_ Visa d’or Feature URBAN CAVE
2010 reGeneration2: Tomorrows Photographers Today_ Musee de l'Elysee
2009 Best Social Documentary New York Photo Awards_URBAN CAVE
2008 Les Visas de L’ANI_URBAN CAVE
2008 ASMP Judges Choice Award_ URBAN CAVE

2018 Parliament of The Government of Indonesia, Parliament Building, Jakarta, Indonesia 

2016 Photo Journ, Bangkok_ DISORDER

2015 Photo Journ, Bangkok_URBAN CAVE
2013 Visa Pour L’Image_DISORDER2013 Theory of the Clouds Gallery Kobe Japan _URBAN CAVE
2010 Visa Pour L’Image, Perpignan, France_The Urban Cave
2010 Images10, Vevey, Switzerland_URBAN CAVE

2019: Angkor Photo Festival_MultiMedia DISORDER (work in progress)
2018 Visa Pour L’Image Thirty Years On Anniversary Group Exhibition_ URBAN CAVE
2018  Visa Pour L’Image Thirty Years On Anniversary Screening_DISORDER

2017 Innovation & Inequality for United Nations Development Program_TB Indonesia
2017 International Center of Photography Museum_First 100 Days Projection

2016 Berlin Foto Biennale _DISORDER and URBAN CAVE
2016 Musee de l'Elysee, Lausanne_URBAN CAVE
2014 Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation projection, Arles_ DISORDER
2013 Angkor Photo Festival_DISORDER
2013 Theory of the Clouds Gallery Kobe Japan _URBAN CAVE
2013 FotoEvidence exhibition 7Gallery, Brooklyn_URBAN CAVE
2013 Athens Photo Festival_URBAN CAVE
2010 Angkor Photo Festival_URBAN CAVE
2010 reGeneration2, Musee de l’Elysee, Lausanne and Arles_URBAN CAVE
2010 New York Photo Festival_URBAN CAVE
2009 Les Visas de l’ANI, le Bar Floreal Gallery, Paris, France_URBAN CAVE

2010 FELLOWSHIP:_New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Photography

BOOK: _THE URBAN CAVE: A photobook published by FotoEvidence Press

Jakarta Post; the Jakarta Globe; Kompas; Republika ; the BBC; the Guardian; Al Jazeera; Time magazine; Vogue.it; Lightbox.time.com; New York Times Lens Blog; Media Indonesia; Lancet; psychologymatters.asia; Inside Indonesia; Huffington Post; Business Insider; Neue Zucher Zeitung; Le Monde; Liberation; Alternatives Internationales; Feature Shoot; Sunday Times Magazine; Paris Match; The Fader; Le Loop; Photo Magazine; Images Magazine;  L’Itinerant; NPR; Fiasco; British Journal of Photography; Waterstone Review; others
Human Rights Watch; United Nations Development Programme, Innovation & Equality, Perhimpunan Jiwa Sehat-Indonesian Mental Health Association; Yayasan Lembaga Bantuan Hukum Indonesia (legal aid society);  Amnesty International, Make Some Noise and Terror campaigns; Open Society

2020: Inside Indonesia Edition141:Mental Health
2016, 2018, 2020: Human Rights Watch Reports, Website
2018: Witness Magazine: Pasung:The Agony of Chains
2020: Inside Indonesia_ A Neurological Battleground _ Text/Photographs
 2018: Witness magazine_ Pasung:The Agony of Chains _ Text/Photographs
Musee de l’Elysee: Photographs from the series: URBAN CAVE
here is ny : a democracy of photographs



2020 THE FORGOTTEN PEOPLE: Indonesians with Psychosocial Disabilities Living in Social Care Institutions amidst the Novel Corona Virus Pandemic, CoDirector,  PJS/IMHA Perhimpunan Jiwa Sehat/Indonesian Mental Health Association, A Disability Rights Organization.
2020 People with Mental Health Conditions Living in Chains, CoDirector, Human Rights Watch
2018 Shackling Reduced, But Persists, CoDirector, Human Rights Watch
2016 Living in Hell: Abuses against people with psychosocial disabilities. CoDirector, Human Rights Watch

Indonesia: Research Purposes: Elders Still Working (2014, 2015)
Indonesia Research Purposes: Indonesia at the time of  First Direct Democratic Election (2003-2008)
New York City: Research Purposes: Supportive Housing (2017-present)

GALLERYProject Director (2002-2003)
here is new york: a democracy of photographs, Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY
Project Editor: Witness Video Collection Installation, Corcoran Gallery, Washington D.C. (2003)
Voices of 9/11: Oral/Video History Collection under here is new york: a democracy of photographs.
Project Director/Producer/Originator (2002-2003) The Shanksville, PA collection
Co-Project Director for the Staten Island collection. Video archivist for Voices of 9/11

Ground Zero and Lower Manhattan: CNN; ABC News; RAI TV; Greengrass Productions for ABC News Magazine; BNN TV Witness 9/11 for National Geographic, MSNBC (2002); Witness 9/11 Updated, National Geographic (2003); The Day the Towers Fell,Lou Reda Production's award-winning production, The History Channel;  Jason Williams for ESPN

 2003  See Level, David Dorfman Dance, Camera, Editor.  MetroArts/Channel 13, Dance festival; Metro Stories TWC Channel 95; Cabelvision Channel 174.  

VIDEO/FILMS(1984- 2003)

2003_ "Untitled #2001" Spectrum Dance Theater   "A Cruel World"
2002_ "Untitled" RythMEK  "Love Moves" 
2001_ "Untitled"  Donald Byrd/The Group  "Heavy Light" Live
2000_ "Untitled" RythMEK Performance Installation  "One N Other" 

1990_Donald Byrd/The Group  "Surveillance"
1988_Donald Byrd/The Group "Speakeasy"
1987_Donald Byrd/The Group "The Rehearsal"
1986_Donald Byrd/The Group "A Formal Response"

1996_ Unsettled Dreams_     Producer, Director, ScreenWriter, Editor
Mostra Sao Paulo Int Film Festival.
Kiev Int Film Festival
International due Cinema da Figueira da Foz _ HONORABLE MENTION
Sinking Creek Film/Video Festival_ HONORABLE MENTION
Central Florida Film &Video Festival_BEST FEATURE FILM
The Philadelphia International Film Festival Philafilm 96_ BEST OF FESTIVAL; BEST FEATURE FILM
as well as  IMZ Dance screen, Video Grand Prix Dance, American Dance Festival

1990_ Dance Theater Workshop under a "First Light Grant" from The Jerome Foundation. For the film elements of "SURVEILLANCE "a Multimedia Dance Work/ Donald Byrd/The Group

1985-2007_ Donald Byrd/The Group, Spectrum Dance Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Phildanco, Koresh Dance Company, Concordance, David Dorfman Dance, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, RythMEK, Carole Armitage, Tirdanza

2016, 2018, 2019_ Human Rights Watch Indonesia Mental Health Projects: Photography, Multimedia CoDirector
2015   Teacher Photography workshop at Lapas Kutoarjo/Youth prison, Indonesia
2013    Angkor PhotoFestival Workshop_Tutor
2011- 2016 International Center of Photography staff, Digital Media Lab
2002-2003 here is ny, a democracy of photographs_ project director, editor
Prior to 2007 A Star Reese Productions; Videographer in Residence  Donald Byrd Dance Foundation
International Center of Photography Photojournalism/Documentary Photography    2008 
California Institute of the Arts, Film / Video M.F.A   1983

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Andrea Star Reese

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