About Kate

Kate Schoenbach is a New York based visual storyteller, journalist, and speaker specializing in global humanitarian issues. Through photography and video, she creates compelling narratives and evocative imagery, shining a light on social injustices. Dedicated to empowering individuals experiencing oppression, her most recent project, Uncovering the Past, explores how identities fractured by European colonialism have shaped the world of the ancestors of the Namibian genocide victims. Her work on this project was aired on BBC World's website and received two million views on Facebook alone.

Kate comes to photography from a unique angle. Prior to studying photography at New York's School of Visual Arts, she obtained an MSc in Economics from the University of London. Her studies in economics and international relations have given her a deeper understanding of social issues, which allows her to connect more intimately with her environment when engaged in photographic assignments.

What Kate loves about photography is its unparalleled ability to connect people from all walks of life, as it is the universal language for everyone with the power of sight. Through a photograph, we are able to experience the essence of a moment which cannot be communicated through words alone. A powerful image is a pictorial account of a history past, present, and future and makes a faraway land or issue immediately tangible to the viewer. Through photography, Kate wishes to encourage a dialogue about the beauty, diversity, and synchronicity of our shared humanity.

Kate work with media companies, NGOs, foundations, and educational institutions to create impactful visual stories often overlooked by traditional media outlets.

Kate's work has been published in BBC World, Al JazeeraNew Era Publication CorporationThe Art of Intuitive Photography (available on Amazon), among others.

To commission Kate to create a visual narrative for a humanitarian project or hire her for an assignment, email:


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