Photograph by Amy Toensing
Amy Toensing, an American photojournalist committed to telling stories with sensitivity and depth, is known for her intimate essays about the lives of ordinary people.
Toensing received a B.A. in human ecology from the College of the Atlantic in Maine, where she spent her senior year studying photography at the Salt Institute for Documentary Field Studies in Portland. In 1994 Toensing was hired as a staff photographer at her New Hampshire hometown paper, The Valley News, where she covered the community she grew up in. She then worked for The New York Times, Washington D.C. bureau, covering the White House and Capitol Hill during the Clinton Administration. In 1998 Toensing left D.C. to get her master’s degree from the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University. In 1999 she was awarded the National Geographic photographic internship. Since then she has been a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine and recently completed her 13th feature story. Her work has also appeared in publications such as Smithsonian, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time, and National Geographic Traveler.
Toensing’s work has been exhibited throughout the world and recognized with numerous awards. She has covered stories close to home, from Maine and the Jersey Shore to places on the other side of the globe, including the remote jungles of Papua New Guinea and the Australian outback. She has also covered newsworthy issues such as the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina and Muslim women living in Western society.
Toensing lives in the Hudson Valley of New York with her husband, Matt Moyer, who is also a contributing photographer for National Geographic magazine.
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