Sam Wolson, is an immersive film director and photographer with editorial partners including National Geographic, The New York Times and The New Yorker. He grew up on a flower farm in the suburbs of Detroit Michigan and is currently based in the US and Tunisia.
In 2020 his documentary project about Fukushima premiered at Sundance and SXSW. In 2020 he was also awarded a Journalism 360 Knight Foundation grant for an upcoming project with The New Yorker.
In 2019 he was also awarded a Journalism 360 Knight Foundation grant for immersive journalism exploring the use of field deployable volumetric video.
In 2019 he was part of teams that received a National Geographic Society grant entitled Documenting Human Migrations which helped create materials that would become part of a pioneering climate justice curriculum which was used in schools across Scotland in December of 2019.
Over the course of 2017 Wolson shot several projects for the New York Times Daily 360 project. In 2018 he worked on a four part VR series for National Geographic on the Okavango Delta called the Okavango Experience which documented a group of conservationist on an expedition canoeing across the Okavango Delta in Botswana.
In 2017 he co-directed the VR film We Who Remain, which was the first character-driven VR film shot in an active war zone -- in the Nuba mountains of Sudan. It premiered at SXSW, won best VR film at SIFF and was a co-production between The New York Times, AJ+, and ARTE.
2018 - Google Jump Start Creator , 2018 - Journalism 360 Challenge award, 2018 - National Geographic Society Storytelling Grant , 2014 - New York Times Portfolio review , 2013 - PDN Photo Annual Winner , 2012 - Eddie Adams Workshop Class of XXV
- Breaking news
- Video capture
- Video editing
The Okavango Experience
Over the course of three weeks I had the incredible privilege to join a group of conservationist on an expedition across the Okavango Delta in Botswana. It was an incredibly challenging and rewarding journey that culminated in a 4 part VR series shot for National Geographic. The series follows a team of conservationist on an expedition across the Okavango Delta, one of the last surviving wetland wildernesses on the planet. Best viewed in a VR headset through the National Geographic VR app or YouTube VR app.
NYT Lens Blog
This Life I Lead is a long-form photo essay following Shanon Fulcher as he navigates the ups and downs of life in Oakland California over three years. The project explores the mundane moments that make up the fabric of everyday life and Shanon's battle with structural racism in the quickly gentrifying Bay Area where the wealth gap is comparable to that of a developing country.