Festival Speaker Series

Photography and the Struggle for Reproductive Rights

Online presentation and discussion with Evelyn Hockstein, Robin Fader, and Edward Boches. Moderated by Maggie Soladay.
Thursday, March 28, 1:30 pm ET via Zoom

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Photo by Robin Fader
Photograph by Robin Fader.

This panel will feature three photographers who have worked extensively on documenting the struggle for and against reproductive rights in the United States. The Dobbs v. Jackson Supreme Court decision in 2022 overturning Roe v Wade was a watershed moment in turning back the clock on the right of people to control their own bodies and their fight for equality. But the fight over abortion has been a long-standing divide in this country, starting long before abortion was made a constitutional right by the Supreme Court in 1973. 

Evelyn Hockstein

Evelyn HocksteinEvelyn Hockstein is a senior staff photographer at Reuters. Based in Washington, DC and past President of the Women Photojournalists of Washington, Evelyn has worked in more than 70 countries for news outlets including The Washington Post and The New York Times. Her images from January 6th were part of the Washington Post’s coverage of the  insurrection at the U.S. Capitol which received the Pulitzer Prize for public service. Evelyn won first prize in World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year International in 2020 and was nominated for the World Press Photo of the Year. She has previously won awards from POYi, NPPA Best of Photojournalism, and the Days Japan International Photojournalism Award for her coverage of women in Darfur. Her work has been exhibited in the U.S., the UK, the Netherlands, France, South Africa, Japan, and Kenya.  


Robin Fader

Robin FaderRobin is a Washington, DC-based, multi-Emmy award-winning commercial producer and photographer. Her career has allowed her to split her time among corporate portraiture, advertising and documentary photography projects. Currently her documentary focus is on activism, protests, social justice and pro-democracy themed photography, particularly as it relates to reproductive freedoms.

Robin’s photos have been featured on CBS Sunday Morning with Jane Pauley, Canadian Broadcast News, Washingtonian Magazine, Bethesda Magazine, Shutter Magazine, Michigan Today, on NBC Washington, DC and in Transition, a documentary photography book. She has also co-authored the award-winning documentary photography book 2020 Unmasked.  Her work has been shown at the International Center of Photography, NYC; Photoworks at Glen Echo Photo Slam 2021; Rise up.BLM Photo Exhibition 2021, Washington, DC; and FotoNostrum Gallery, Barcelona 2022.

Robin has twice been named (2022 and 2023) winner of the documentary photography category by the International Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers and twice (2022 and 2023) a winner in the International Photography Award for Events and Social Causes.

Edward Boches

Edward Boches

Edward Boches is a Boston-based street and documentary photographer. Interested in how photography can connect us, help us understand each other, and inspire empathy, he has photographed such diverse communities as inner-city boxers, former gang members, Black Lives Matter activists, transgender men and women, pro-life and pro-choice advocates, shellfishermen, and homeless writers. 

Boches’s work has shown in numerous museums and galleries – including the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, the Bronx Documentary Center in New York City, Panopticon Gallery in Boston and Harvard University’s Crossings Gallery in Allston – and has appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Sun Magazine, ZEKE Magazine and the Provincetown Independent, where he is a regular contributor.

Between 2021 and 2023, he received multiple grants for public art installations for his community-based project Postcards from Allston. The project advocates for small businesses, raises money for local arts initiatives, and calls attention to how gentrification disrupts communities and affects the artists who reside there.

In an effort to encourage photography that supports social causes, he frequently speaks to camera clubs about “photography with a purpose.”


Maggie Soladay

Maggie Soladay

Maggie Soladay is Senior Photography Editor at the Open Society Foundations in New York. Her work with OSF involves addressing racial, economic, and political justice issues around the world through photography. Soladay is always looking to work with photographers who explore human rights issues. She has been working in the photography industry for over 25 years.




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