It is one thing to photograph people. It is another to make others care about them by revealing the core of their humanness.
— Paul Strand

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Nancy Richards Farese is a social entrepreneur, photographer and philanthropist living in San Francisco and Boston. In 2009 Nancy founded PhotoPhilanthropy to reward and promote visual advocacy storytelling. Today she serves as Executive Director and Board Chair of, grounded in a belief of the unique power of photography as an entry point for understanding the critical social issues of our time.

Nancy works as a social documentary photographer, shooting visual narrative for non-profit storytelling and advocacy. She lectures, teaches andblogs on the use of photography as a social tool and the role of visual storytelling. Current board work includes Southwire Company in Carrollton, Ga, and KQED Public Media in San Francisco. Nancy is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and The Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  

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In photography a “catchlight” is the glimmer of light reflected in the eye, giving the subject life.  At CatchLight, we are inspired by this compelling detail - linking photography with collaboration as well as action to create the prestigious CatchLight Fellowship. Our glimmer of light shines on those who use photography to help us see and understand the most important social issues of our time.

Born out of PhotoPhilanthropy, CatchLight shares the quest for big ideas that challenge established thinking with some of the most innovative and well-known organizations we are proud to call our friends and partners. The CatchLight Fellowship will be awarded annually to 3 creative leaders who are extending our understanding of the use of art to promote awareness for the most challenging issues faced by mankind.

At Catchlight we believe it’s never been more important to use the power of photography to drive measurable social change.