Amanda Koster

thoughts and experiences of an international documentarian


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Amanda Koster is an internationally acclaimed photographer whose commercial and personal work has shown a consistent commitment to telling stories of real people, human rights, cultural diversity and global equality. She combines her anthropology background with multi-media skills to create content as a means for powerful communication and storytelling.

She created SalaamGarage because: 1) many asked “Can I Come With You” [on international projects] 2) after so many travel slide shows wondered, what would happen they had visited NGOs and included that in their slides? 3) wondered what would happen if people plugged meaningful, powerful content into their social media sites?

Her book “Can I Come with You? (Bennett & Hastings, 2008) is a collection of over a decade of her int’l social documentary projects, including excerpts from her personal journals. She has received many awards and grants for her personal projects including 8 awards for her project AIDS Is Knocking in the prestigious IPA Lucie Awards. Amanda is featured among the fifty successful, inspiring American women in the book: “In Their Shoes.” (by Deborah Reber, publisher: Simon & Schuster).

Besides shooting commercially, Amanda is working with the NYU Dept. of Global Health creating hyper-local multi-media content for software to serve HIV/AIDS patients in Kenya. Select clients include The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,  International YWCA, The New York Times, Newsweek, Entrepreneur, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Business Week, and national advertising agencies. She has taught photography internationally and is invited regularly as an industry speaker and representative worldwide. Personally she is an avid mountaineer, known for her x-ray vision, laser communication style and unbreakable spirit.

Written by amandakoster

August 29, 2006 at 4:26 am

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