Bio - joenewmanphoto

Joe is a photographer, writer and media strategist based in Washington, D.C. He is also the founder and executive director of Focus on the Story, a non-profit organization that supports and encourages visual storytelling with a social impact.

Focus on the Story grew out of his many photography-related activities in the Washington, D.C. area. Prior to incorporating Focus on the Story in July 2018, Joe worked as the U.S. media strategist for a German lens manufacturer, led photography workshops in Cuba, published two collaborative photo books financed through Kickstarter campaigns, took on photography assignments for various NGO clients, and founded the Focus on the Story International Photo Festival.

Creating a non-profit organization with a mission to support visual storytelling that has a social impact was a natural transition for Joe who has spent his career working for the public interest. Until 2016, he served as the director of communications at the Project On Government Oversight, a nonpartisan, nonprofit, independent watchdog that investigates corruption in the federal government and champions good government reforms.

And prior to that, he was the deputy director of communications at Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization, where he helped develop the organization’s social media strategy. He started his career in Florida, where he spent many years as an award-winning journalist writing about urban design, Florida's rapidly changing demographics and its endangered environment.


Leica Store DC, "From Dusk to Dawn," Juried Exhibit, Washington, D.C., August 2017

11th Annual Exposed DC, Juried Exhibit, Washington, D.C., March 2017

10th Annual Exposed DC, Juried Exhibit, Washington, D.C., March 2016

"Faces of DC," 2nd Prize, FotoWeek DC, Washington, D.C., November 2015

Exposed DC / Instant DC Fall Review, Juried Exhibit, Washington, D.C., October 2014


Chasing the Great American Eclipse: Images and Essays from Totality (May 2018), Editor and Contributor.

UnPresidented: The Inauguration of Donald J. Trump and the People's Response (March 2017), Co-Editor and Contributor.

Cuba: Seven in 10 (July 2016), Contributor


Shutterbug Life: How Creating a Photography Community & Meetup Made Me a Better Photographer

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