Andrea Star Reese is a VISURA photojournalist/documentary photographer based in New York, Seattle, and Jakarta.

Ms. Reese is an overall recipient of the 9th Julia Margaret Cameron Award for two documentary works, DISORDER and URBAN CAVE. Photographs from both series will be exhibited at the Berlin Foto Biennale, October 2016.

Recent work includes:

DISORDER (2011-2016), a five-year documentary reportage on abuse against people with psychosocial disabilities in Indonesia was first exhibited and screened at Visa Pour L’Image Perpignan, and Angkor Photo Festival in 2013. In 2016 Images from the essay were used by Human Rights Watch in the 2016 report LIVING IN HELL and as part of the Break The Chains Campaign against shackling.. Disorder was a 2014 finalist for the Manual Rivera-Ortiz Grant and included in American Photography 28: Best pictures from 2011.

URBAN CAVE (2007-2014), a seven-year documentary reportage on unsheltered men and women living underground in New York City was first exhibited at Visa Pour L’Image 2010 where it was a Visa d’Or, Feature nominee. Most recently photographs from Urban Cave were exhibited at Musee de L’Elysee, Lausanne and are part of the museum’s collection. The project received the 2014 David Pike Award for Excellence in Journalism_Photography, and Best Social Documentary from The 2009 New York Photo Festival. Urban Cave was awarded 2nd place from 2014 Kontinent Awards and in 2011, a second place Fotovisura Award. Urban Cave was a finalist for both the 2013 FotoEvidence book award and 2011 POYI: World Understanding Award among other recognitions. The series was included in several exhibitions for FotoEvidence and ReGeneration 2 and exhibited at Theory of the Clouds Gallery, Kobe, Japan, and the 2013 Athens Photo Festival.

The Urban Cave Photo Book, edited by Alison Morley was published in 2015 by FotoEvidence. 

Ms Reese began her career as a filmmaker in 1983 and transitioned to Photojournalism/Documentary Photography in 2007. On staff at the International Center of Photography School, and a tutor at the 2013 Angkor Photo Festival Workshop, Andrea Star Reese is a 2010 fellow in Photography from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a reGeneration2 photographer.

Images from Disorder and Urban Cave have received wide International coverage in print, wire, and media publishing.

Published credits include:

Al Jazeera, AJ+, CNN,, Sidney Morning Herald, BBC News Alerts, The Guardian,, Huffington Post, El Dario, Goteborgs Posten, Irish Examiner, El CIUdadano, Feature Shoot, Business Insider,, Vogue.It, Kompas, Jakarta Post, Media Indonesia, Neue Zucher Zeitung, Le Monde, Liberation, New York Times Lens Blog, Alternatives Internationales, Sunday Times Magazine, Paris Match, The Fader, Le Loop, NPR, Fiasco.


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2016 Overall Recipient 9th Julia Margaret Cameron Award_Disorder

2016 Overall Recipient 9th Julia Margaret Cameron Award_Urban Cave

David Pike Excellance in Journalism Award, photography category_ Urban Cave

2nd place Kontinent Awards _ Urban Cave

Finalist Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Award _Disorder

Finalist Fotoevidence Book Award

American Photography 28: Best pictures from 2011_ (Disorder work in progress)

Honorable Mention International Photo Awards_(Disorder, as work in progress)

Honorable Mention International Photography Award_Merapi’s Breath

Finalist Picture of the Year World Understanding The Urban Cave

Included as part of AnthropoGraphia

New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Photography

2nd place fotovisura award

Nominated Visa d’or Feature

Invited reGeneration2: Tomorrows Photographers Today

3 Hon. Mentions International Photo Awards

Finalist Magnum Expressions Award

Best Social Documentary New York Photo Awards

Honorable Mention Camera Club New York

Les Visas de L’ANI


Photo Journ, Bangkok_Disorder

Photo Journ, Bangkok_Urban Cave

Visa Pour L’Image_Disorder

Angkor Photo Festival_Disorder

Athens Photo Festival_The Urban Cave

FotoEvidence exhibition 7Gallery, Brooklyn_The Urban Cave

Theory of the Clouds Gallery Kobe Japan _The Urban Cave

Angkor Photo Festival _Indonesia project ( Disorder as a work in progress)

Doc11, Oslo, Norway_The Urban Cave

Visa Pour L’Image, Perpignan, France_The Urban Cave

Angkor Photo Festival_The Urban Cave

Images10, Vevey, Switzerland_The Urban Cave

Scoop, Angers, France_The Urban Cave

Group Exhibitions

Berlin Foto Biennale (upcoming October)_Disorder and Urban Cave

Musee de l'Elysee, Lausanne_Urban Cave


Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation projection, Arles_ Disorder

FotoEvidence traveling Exhibition_The Urban Cave

reGeneration2, traveling Exhibition_The Urban Cave

Theory of the Clouds Gallery Kobe Japan _The Urban Cave

FotoEvidence_The Urban Cave

AnthropoGraphia_The Urban Cave

Loop, Rome, Italy_The Urban Cave

reGeneration2, Musee de l’Elysee, Lausanne_The Urban Cave

New York Photo Festival_The Urban Cave

Camera Club. New York_The Urban Cave

Les Visas de l’ANI, le Bar Floreal, Paris, France_The Urban Cave

Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyap, China_The Urban Cave


Musee de l’Elysee:Photographs from the series: The Urban Cave

here is ny : a democracy of photographs


The Urban Cave: A photobook published by Foto Evidence_ IN PROGRESS


reGeneration2: Tomorrows‘ Photographers Today under Musee d l’Elysee)_more upon request

Waterstone Review


Business Insider,,, Media Indonesia, Psychology, Neue Zucher Zeitung, Le Monde, Liberation, New York Times Lens Blog, Alternatives Internationales, Feature Shoot, Sunday Times Magazine, Paris Match, The Fader, Le Loop, Photo Magazine, Images Magazine, , L’Itinerant_, NPR, Fiasco, British Journal of Photography, Visura Magazine, Waterstone Review,

Employment current and recent past

2008-present Andrea Star Reese, photojournalist based in New York,

2013 - present Freelance Archieval Pigment Printer

2013 - present Tutor Angkor PhotoFestival Workshop

2011 – present International Center of Photography staff, Digital Media Lab

2002-2003 here is ny, a democracy of photographs project director, editor

Prior to2007 A Star Reese Productions videographer/filmmaker

Andrea Star Reese

Andrea Star Reese is a VISURA photojournalist/documentary photographer based in New York, Seattle, and Jakarta.
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