Madison, WI, USA
Amber Sowards was born and raised in Dundalk, a working class port
town located outside the city of Baltimore, Maryland. Her backyard was
a playground of towering factory stacks puffing chemicals from the local
steel mill. She knew beauty in the grandeur of industrial-sized
unpacking cranes. At sunset, their metal necks would shine and reflect
off the Chesapeake and dissolve into the smoky orange glow of the sky.
This is where she first learned that timing and light are everything when
capturing a photograph.
Amber received her MFA in Photographic and Electronic Media from
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Amber’s first passion is social
documentary photography, and her work has been published and
shown nationally. Last year she was one of 100 photographers selected
to participate in the New York Times Portfolio Review.