Director, AmericanPoverty.org : Chicago, IL
Steve Liss is a photographer and photojournalist concerned with issues affecting the poor and underserved in the United States. At Time magazine he has focused on stories of social significance involving ordinary people. Forty-three of his photographs have appeared on the cover of Time and he has covered six presidential campaigns. In 2004, he was the recipient of a Soros Justice Media Fellowship for his work on juvenile justice and in 2005, he received an Alicia Patterson Fellowship for work on domestic poverty. His most recent book, No Place for Children: Voices from Juvenile Detention, won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in 2006. Liss is also the recipient of the World Understanding Award from Pictures of the Year International. He is the Director of AmericanPoverty.org – a project of the nonprofit In Our Own Backyard, which uses visual media to raise awareness about poverty in the United States, dispel inaccurate and destructive stereotypes about poor people and encourage action to alleviate poverty. In addition to shooting, Liss teaches graduate photojournalism at Columbia College and Northwestern University.