Telling Stories with Your Camera and Your Heart: The Work of April Saul


April Saul has been a photojournalist at the Philadelphia Inquirer since 1981, and in that time has proved that a woman could be a mom and build an award-studded, 30-year career shooting stories "closer to home." At the time Saul won a 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism—she’d been a finalist twice before for Feature Photography—she was a single mother of two and working part time to spend more time with family. She stayed with newspaper work because she believes in the power of photojournalism to help people understand each other better, and because of her deep commitment to Philadelphia and more recently to Camden, NJ—the poorest, most violent city in America, only four miles from her home.

In this session, Saul talks about the rewards of following her heart, balancing work and family, and the nuts and bolts of documentary photography work, from building trust in subjects to convincing editors to publish long-term projects. Along with her recent Camden work, she shows images from her epic American Family project, for which she’s followed a handful of families for more than three decades to show the changes from one generation to the next.