As one of the lead photographers and correspondents covering a college graduation in New York state, I had the privilege of capturing a poignant moment that ended up being featured in The Atlantic’s April 2016 issue. Mikhail Zinshteyn, a contributing writer for The Atlantic and a program manager at the Education Writers Association, wrote an article titled “The Growing College Degree Wealth Gap,” in which my image was featured. Zinshteyn is known for selecting images from premier media correspondents such as The Associate Press (AP) and Reuters, so being included in his media selection was truly an honor.
The Atlantic Monthly, founded in 1857, is a literary and cultural commentary magazine that has maintained its relevance over the years by publishing quality writing on politics, foreign affairs, and the arts. Today, it has a readership of over 1.2 million people, making it one of the most influential and respected publications in the world. Being featured in The Atlantic was a proud moment for me as a photographer and correspondent, and it was a testament to the power of visual storytelling in shaping the narrative of important social issues.