Syracuse, NY, USA
Michael Santiago (b. 1980) is a visual storyteller based between New York and Oakland, CA. Michael received his B.F.A. of San Francisco Art Institute, and is currently a graduate student at S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. His work focuses on issues concerning people of color and their communities; ranging from issues surrounding obesity, cancer, race and identity, family relationships, healthy eating, youth empowerment and more.
He is the recipient of the 2015 Alexia Foundation student grant for his project "Stolen Land, Stolen Future" a body of work focusing on Black farmers of California. His project “250” a work revolving the life of a man’s struggle with obesity won the 2014 Forward Thinking Museum 1st quarter photography competition and his projects "A Promise"and "Michael the Veteran" were selected as juried winners for Morpholio Projects Future Voices. He was also invited to attend the 2015 New York Times portfolio review and was a student at the Eddie Adams Workshop XXVIII. His portfolio recieved an Award of excellence at the 70th College Photographer of the Year awards and most recently received a Grand Prize award in the Documentary/Photojournalism category at PDNedu 13th Annual Student Photography Competition and a winner in the 2016 PDN Photo Annual in the student catagory.
He has assisted for publications such as National Geographic Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine and Buzzfeed News. His work has also been featured in the New York Times Lens Blog and VICE Australia. Michael was a contributing photographer for WNET's "Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America".
2016 - 13th Annual PDNedu Student Photo Competition, 2015 - Award of Excellence for Portfolio, 2015 - NPPA Multimedia Immersion Workshop Scholarship, 2015 - Alexia Foundation Student Grant Recipient, 2014 - 1st Place JGS Quarterly Photography Competition, 2013 - Eyetime Future Jury Winner, 2013 - Best in Show " SUNY 2013's Best Of" Show, 2016 - 2016 PDN Photo Annual Student Winner
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Stolen Land, Stolen Future
The young pigs that James McGill is currently raising get so accustomed to only seeing him, that mixed with their curiosity is a sense of having to protect Mr. McGill from strangers. Mr. McGill is a third generation African-American pig farmer in the San Joaquin Valley. In the 1980’s, he lost almost all of his land due to alleged suspect practices by a USDA lending agency.