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Digital Storytelling and Photographic Practice

Date Jul 26, 2017
Type Panel

This program looks at the photograph and related imaging practices as storytelling devices, with a focus on artists and producers working at the intersection of emerging technologies and social justice. Participants include innovative imagemakers Ziv Schneider and Olalekan Jeyifous, along with Emma Raynes, director of programs at the Magnum Foundation.


Ziv (ZEEVE) Schneider is an Israel-born, New York–based multimedia artist who synthesizes various design practices to explore how new technologies enrich narratives with spatialization and interaction. Her work resides at the intersection of documentary, video games, and volumetric photography. Since creating the Museum of Stolen Art in 2014, Schneider has been working primarily in virtual reality, including a project for The Economist’s first VR experience titled RecoVR:Mosul—a virtual tour of the reconstructed Mosul Museum in Iraq. She received her master’s degree in 2015 from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, where she worked as a research fellow and recently taught her first course on interactive non-fiction. Schneider is currently developing an ongoing printed portrait series titled Capsules, alongside other VR and augmented reality (AR) experimentations.

Olalekan Jeyifous received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Cornell University in May 2000. He is a Nigerian-born, Brooklyn-based visual artist who has exhibited at venues that include the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Museum of Modern Art, the Vitra Design Museum, and the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain.

Olalekan has received grants from the New York Foundation of the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Brooklyn Arts Council. He has completed artist residencies at places such as the MacDowell Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts, and the Socrates Sculpture Park, and he is currently a participant in the Drawing Center’s Open Sessions program.

Emma Raynes is the director of programs at Magnum Foundation, a non-profit organization that expands diversity and creativity in documentary photography. At the Magnum Foundation, Emma oversees grantmaking and mentoring activities and produces laboratories that stimulate imagination at the intersection of photography, technology, and social justice. Emma Raynes holds an MA in anthropology from the New School for Social Research and her BA in art history from Bowdoin College. She received the Lewis Hine Documentary Initiative Fellowship from Duke University and was a Van Lier scholar at the International Center of Photography. As a practitioner, she has completed ethnographic research, community-based photography projects, and radio documentaries in the United States and internationally.