Syracuse, NY, USA
The camera gives me an excuse to learn about the world, connect with others and share stories with purpose. I'm particularly drawn to making photographs addressing social issues—intimate, documentary storytelling involving remarkable everyday people.
My work has been published in National Geographic PROOF, New York Magazine, The New York Times, USA Today, ESPN, Global Post, and The Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY), among other publications. I’ve exhibited my work internationally, as well as in the United States.
In 2015, I left my 21-year position as a staff photographer at The Post-Standard to complete my master’s degree at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School. Based in Syracuse, NY, I’m available for editorial, journalism, corporate and commercial assignments.
2020 - New York Times Portfolio Review, selected, 2018 - Light Work Grant , 2018 - Sheffield Doc Fest Alternate Realities VR Award, 2015 - Best in Show, 2014 - First Place Photo Essay
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An accidental shotgun blast took away Michelle Fox's eyes, nose and upper palate, leaving her blind and unable to smell. She raises her two young daughters in an addition to her parents' home and wears a facial prosthesis when she goes out of the house.
Michelle Fox, who covers her face with a bandanna at home, said it has taken her a long time to adjust to blindness. "Being blind feels like I'm in a big black room," she said.
Michelle Fox was breastfeeding her 3-month-old daughter, Malana, now 11, on the bed when her ex-husband accidentally shot her while demonstrating the shotgun he had just bought. "I get that ounce of joy," she said, "But there's still that sorrow that I can't see my child's eyes light up. I try to imagine what Malana looks like, but that's all I can do."