Andrea Star Reese is documentary photographer based in New York and Jakarta. Ms. Reese received The Lucie Award-Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year in 2016, the 2014 David Pike Award for Excellence in Journalism Photography, Best Social Documentary from the 2009 New York Photo Festival, and was a finalist for the 2011 POYI, World Understanding Award. Other recognitions include: International Photography Award, and a Julia Margaret Cameron Award to mention a few. Most recently Reese contributed to Innovation & Equality, a photography series and exhibition by United Nations Development Programme 2017, and The First One Hundred Days, an International Center of Photography Museum. window projection. Other exhibitions include: Visa Pour L’Image Perpignan, Musee de L’Elysee, and Angkor Photo Festival in 2013. Her Photobook, titled, Urban Cave, a photo reportage on unsheltered men and women living underground in New York City was published in 2015 by FotoEvidence. She has been published Internationally.  Andrea Star Reese has co-directed three multimedia projects for Human Rights Watch and was the Originator, Producer, and Director of the Shanksville, PA story collection for the Voices of 911 part of Here is New York: A Democracy of Photographs.

Recent work includes:

DISORDER (2011-2016), a Lucie Award Winning ongoing 10+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. Photographs from the 2013 Exhibition at Visa Pour l'Image PhotoJournalism festival and a story on triggered a Human Rights Watch interest and their ongoing subsequent investigations and reports.

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.  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.


Andrea Star Reese

Women Photograph, NPPA, National Writer's Union, International Federation of Journalists, 

Original member VISURA GUILD

RECENT: 2016, 2018, 2019  Investigation, Photography, and Co-Direction of Multimedia for both the Human Rights Watch Indonesia Campaign_Living in Hell_Abuses against people with psychosocial disabilities and the 2020 HRW International Campaign _ People with Mental Health Conditions Living in Chains. #BreakTheChains

2020 Multimedia for PJS/IMHA_Perhimpunan Jiwa Sehat/Indonesian Mental Health Association, A Disability Rights Organization_THE FORGOTTEN PEOPLE: Indonesians with Psychosocial Disabilities Living in Social Care Institutions amidst the Novel Corona Virus Pandemic

RECOGNITIONS: most notable:
2016 Lucie Award_Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year_DISORDER
2016 The Berlin Foto Biennale_Documentary Award: Best Portfolio on Human Rights_ DISORDER

2016 IPA 1st Place Professional,  Deeper Perspective_ DISORDER

2016 Two Julia Margaret Cameron Awards_FIRST Overall_ DISORDER and URBAN CAVE
2014 David Pike Excellence in Journalism Award, photography category_ URBAN CAVE

2013 Finalist FotoEvidence Book Award

2011 Finalist POYI_ Picture of the Year World Understanding_URBAN CAVE2010 FELLOWSHIP_New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Photography

2010 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Photography

2010 Nominated VISA POUR l'IMAGE_ Visa d’or Feature URBAN CAVE2010 reGeneration2: Tomorrows Photographers Today_ Musee de l'Elysee

2010 reGeneration2: Tomorrows Photographers Today

2009 Best Social Documentary New York Photo Awards_URBAN CAVE2008 Les Visas de L’ANI_URBAN CAVE

2008 Les Visas de L'ANI

2018 Parliament of The Government of Indonesia,  Parliament Building, Jakarta, Indonesia _ curated by Human Rights Watch
2015, 2016 Photo Journ, Bangkok_2015 URBAN CAVE, 2016 DISORDER

2013 Visa Pour L’Image_DISORDER2013 Theory of the Clouds Gallery Kobe Japan _URBAN CAVE

2010 Visa Pour L’Image, Perpignan, France_The Urban Cave

2010 Images10, Vevey, Switzerland_URBAN CAVE

2019: Angkor Photo Festival_MultiMedia DISORDER (work in progress)
2018 Visa Pour L’Image Thirty Years On Anniversary Group Exhibition_ URBAN CAVE
2018  Visa Pour L’Image Thirty Years On Anniversary Screening_DISORDER
2017 Innovation & Inequality for United Nations Development Program_TB Indonesia
2017 International Center of Photography Museum_First 100 Days Projection

2016 Berlin Foto Biennale _DISORDER and URBAN CAVE
2016 Musee de l'Elysee, Lausanne_URBAN CAVE
2014 Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation projection, Arles_ DISORDER
2013 Angkor Photo Festival_DISORDER

2013 Theory of the Clouds Gallery Kobe Japan _URBAN CAVE

2013 FotoEvidence exhibition 7Gallery, Brooklyn_URBAN CAVE

2013 Athens Photo Festival_URBAN CAVE
2010 Angkor Photo Festival_URBAN CAVE
2010 reGeneration2, Musee de l’Elysee, Lausanne and Arles_URBAN CAVE

2010 New York Photo Festival_URBAN CAVE

2009 Les Visas de l’ANI, le Bar Floreal Gallery, Paris, France_URBAN CAVE

Musee de l’Elysee: Photographs from the series: URBAN CAVE
here is ny : a democracy of photographs

2020: Inside Indonesia Edition141:Mental Health
2016, 2018, 2020: Human Rights Watch Reports, Website
2018: Witness Magazine: Pasung:The Agony of Chains

BOOK: _ 2015: The Urban Cave: A photobook published by FotoEvidence Press 

PHOTOJOURNALISM CREDITSTime, Huffington Post, Business Insider,,, Media Indonesia, Lancet, 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, Human Rights Watch, United Nations Development Programme, Waterstone Review_more upon request

2020: Inside Indonesia_ A Neurological Battleground _ Text/Photographs
2018: Witness magazine_ Pasung:The Agony of Chains _ Text/Photographs
2016,2018, 2020 - Human Rights Watch: Co-Investigation, Photography, Co-Direction of Multimedia
2015   Teacher Photography workshop at Lapas Kutoarjo/Youth prison, Indonesia
2013    Angkor PhotoFestival Workshop_Tutor
2011- 2016 International Center of Photography staff, Digital Media Lab
2002-2003 here is ny, a democracy of photographs_  Originator, Producer, and Director of the Shanksville, PA story collection for the Voices of 911; editor for video witness collection
Prior to 2007 A Star Reese Productions videographer/filmmaker: Multiple video and 16mm film shorts; UNSETTLED DREAMS, a dramatic 35mm feature film  (+1).917.862.8783  @andreastarreese (social)

Andrea Star Reese

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