Lois Raimondo's first journalism job was translating for CBS News during President Reagan's 1984 trip to China. At the time, she was a student living in a small Chinese village collecting folktales for a Masters Degree in Comparative Literature from Indiana University.
Most recently, Raimondo worked for ten years as a staff photographer at The Washington Post. In-between, she was based primarily in Asia, reporting from China, Tibet, India and Vietnam. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, Paris Match, Stern, Smithsonian Magazine and many other publications. Her frontline reporting from the war in Afghanistan was recognized with the Edward Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting.
My hope is that the bold viewer finds means to enter the frame and recognize some piece of her or himself within.
"Today, in post-9/11 America, when the country has undergone a cataclysmic shift in polarizing perspectives, and sectarian violence is on the rise throughout the world, it is more critical than ever that we engage globally to understand why. Introducing strangers, even enemies, through unguarded moments of other - the stillness of the frozen photographic moment - creates a safe space where mindfulness, curiosity, and even compassion may grow. My hope is that the bold viewer finds means to enter the frame and recognize some piece of her or himself within. Emotional honesty requires vulnerability, a condition with power to disarm prejudicial distancing. Real understanding is possible in the dissolve.
Raimondo, a native of Rocky Point, N.Y., began her journalism career in 1982 as a sound technician, producer and interpreter for CBS News in Beijing, China. She holds two master's degrees, one in news-editorial from the University of Missouri-Columbia and one in comparative literature (Chinese and Japanese) from Indiana University. She is currently an assistant professor at the WVU Reed College of Media.