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I photograph family; because family tells secrets about the country.

Phyllis B. Dooney is a social documentary visual storyteller. Phyllis was honored in 2019 as one of Photo District News (PDN’s) “30 New and Emerging Photographers.” She has an MFA from Duke University’s Experimental & Documentary Arts. Her work has appeared in Lightfield Festival, Click! Photography Festival, The Nasher Museum of Art, The New York Times Magazine, American Photo, The Atlantic, ESPN, The Washington Post, Prison Photography, The Oxford American and elsewhere. Phyllis attended Eddie Adams XXVII and was awarded first place for The Center’s Editor’s Choice Prize in 2015. She was a Screen Projects mentee, highlighted in the 4th annual New York Times portfolio review and a runner-up in British Journal of Photography’s Breakthrough Awards 2017. Her first photography book, published by Kehrer Verlag in 2017, Gravity is Stronger Here, was awarded Honorable Mention by The Center for Documentary Studies’ Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize. Phyllis lived in Japan for a year where she learned basic Japanese and earned a black belt in Shodo. She now lives in North Carolina.

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