Creative Collective: How a Single Photograph Can Tell a Story

Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Time: Coffee and ‘meet and greet’ from 7:30-8 AM / Conversation from 8-9:30 AM

Location: Lily’s at Roger Smith Hotel

Cost: Free and open to the public

Click here to RSVP to Danika Druttman or call (212) 339-2092

Since its inception photography has been used to capture moments in time and history, they can freeze an emotion, feelings, places, object s and moments as they happen. More often than not the viewer does not need words to accompany the photograph, they can take so much from what is before them.

From the photograph of a sailor kissing a woman in Times Square to a lone man standing in front of tanks in Tiananmen Square there have been so many images that speak much louder than words. Or consider the portrait of a man with tears running down his face, did it capture the passing of a loved one or the birth of a child, did he just win the lottery or has he witnessed a horrible event?

In this upcoming morning conversation we’ll hear from two photography professionals who will discuss the art of telling a story through photography and have them take us through work they have directly been involved in plus other images that have inspired them.


Maggie Soladay


Maggie Soladay is the photography editor for the Open Society Foundations in New York. She has 21+ years in the photography field as a photo editor, producer, and photographer. She has always held that life should be a balance between professional achievement and serving the greater good of human-kind.

Steven Laxton


Steven Laxton was born in rural Australia and, after moving to Adelaide, he began shooting for local magazines and clients while he was still a teenager. Recognition came early when, in 2008, he was named one of the 15 Rising Stars of International Photography by American Photo Magazine. When Communication Arts named him a “Fresh” artist in 2009, it coincided with the inclusion of his series on Holocaust survivors in the book and project “Afterwards: Contemporary Photography Confronting the Past” curated by Nathalie Herschdorfer of the Musée de l’Elysée.

In 2012, Steven was awarded the Arnold Newman Prize for his evocative photo essays and portraits. That same year, he also earned the Picture of the Year International Feature award and a PDN award for his project Circo El Salvador, which features images of nomadic circus families in El Salvador. He was named the 2013 International Friend of El Salvador as a result of the series, a distinction considered one of the country’s highest honors.
Steven’s images were included in the American Photography 29 collection for 2013. Also that year, a film he directed for Rewrite Your Story won several Art Directors awards including best direction and casting. The film also collected a Deadly Award.

In 2014, he was named one of PDNs 20 emerging filmmakers to watch. In 2015, he was selected again for the PDN Annual for his series on a transgender cabaret in Thailand. The honors have continued in 2016, too. So far he has been selected for American Photography 32 and was included in the Communication Arts annual for his recent advertising campaign for Horizant.

Steven’s work engages a heightened nature, injecting a dreamy quality as a comment on how memory interacts with reality. Memory is far more ephemeral than photographs, something that Steven is particularly aware of in his portraiture. He explains, “A portrait is a record of your interaction with someone. It’s who they are and what you shared.” Steven’s work has been exhibited internationally and is in the collection of the Portland Museum of Art.


Rodd Chant


Rodd Chant is the founder of the Creative Collective, originally from Sydney, Australia his creative career has seen him at the creative helm of advertising agencies (including FCB and Publicis) and creative, branding and design firms on three continents (North America, Asia and Australia), he’s been an Executive Creative Director three times and his creative work has won awards such as Cannes, One Show, London International, New York Festivals and his school’s art prize at age 7.

Prior to advertising Rodd tried his hand at many things but must notably was his time as a bass player in punk bands that never went anywhere and as a roadie for much better bands that went everywhere.He is passionate about all things creative and loves to share his thoughts on how to be a better creative thinker and idea generator. Rodd lives in New York and also spends time in South East Asia.

Click here to RSVP to Danika Druttman or call (212) 339-2092

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