Brad Smith is an award winning photo editor, with 35 years experience in visual storytelling. He’s the former DOP at Time Inc., Sports Group, which included Sports Illustrated and Golf Magazine. He was also with the New York Times as the Senior Sports Photo Editor and Assistant Director of Photography for the White House during the Clinton administration. He is currently the Director of Brad Smith Creative, a visual consulting group.
Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Chris Usher graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Journalism. Usher spent several years as a newspaper photographer before going freelance and moving to Washington, DC in 1990.
Usher’s photojournalism work appeared regularly in domestic and international publications for more than three decades. He is the recipient of numerous domestic and international awards, including an Eisenstaedt Award (2000) for his unique and controversial depiction of President Clinton’s post-acquittal speech. In 2005, Usher’s Behind the Velvet Rope, a collection of behind-the-scenes images shot with a Leica while covering the President of the United States, became a traveling exhibition and book. In 2008, he self-published One of Us, selects from his documentation of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. The project exhibit opened at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC in 2008. Since 2009, Usher has been the still photographer for CBS’ Face the Nation.
When Usher isn’t on assignment or at CBS’ studios, he can be found at Bokeh Ridge Farm, in the panhandle of West Virginia, with his wife Adrienne, their seven rescue cats, three retired ponies and a one-eyed mini donkey. If he’s not on the tractor, he’s probably in the dark room, processing large format photography, the old-fashioned way.
Melissa Lyttle is an independent visual journalist based in California, specializing in documentary projects focused on criminal justice and social issues. In her previous life, she was a newspaper photojournalist based in Florida for 15 years.
Lyttle is the current President of the National Press Photographers Association. And she is an alumna of the Eddie Adams Workshop (Barnstorm XIV) and has been back for 12 of the last 14 years as a member of the faculty. She is also the founder of the online photo community called APhotoADay and GeekFest, a photo conference born out of APAD.
Her work has been recognized by UNICEF, the Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism, POYi, NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism, the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, the Southern Short Course and the Alexia Foundation.
Her clients include The New York Times, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone magazine, espn.com, Sports Illustrated, Audubon Magazine, the NCAA’s Champion magazine, AARP, Education Week, Washington Post, USA Today, and others.