Contact

Phone: +1 704 221 2344

Email: lydiathompsonphoto@gmail.com

Biography

I'm an independent documentary photographer based in Washington, DC, as well as a video editor and producer at Education Week in Bethesda, MD.

Previously, I was the photo editing intern at National Public Radio and the managing photo editor and projects photographer at the Urban Institute. My work with Urban focused on the well-being of people and places and the impact that state and federal policy decisions have on individuals and families.

In 2018, I was the campaign videographer for Illinois Governor-elect, JB Pritzker.

I have a B.A. in photojournalism and a second major in archaeology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

My work and collaborations have been recognized by CPOY, Hearst Journalism Awards, The Webby Awards, South by Southwest and Horizon Interactive Awards. I received both a SAEF grant and a Class of 1938 grant to complete archaeological site photography in East Crete, as well as a Second Assistant grant from National Geographic to complete photogrammetry of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. I attended the Kalish photo editing workshop in 2018.

When not making or editing photos, I enjoy spending time with friends, watching films, getting lost in the woods, and consuming what my dentist refers to as "absurd amounts of sugar."

Photo by Justin T. Gellerson.

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