Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Krista Joy Niles has a vibrant style that infuses images with her affection for modern art with her obsessive infatuation with nostalgia.
With 20+ years of experience behind the camera, Krista has worked for the New York Times, the Associated Press, the Lincoln Journal-Star, the San Antonio Express-News and many media organizations. In 2002, Krista won the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News for her contributions to The New York Times’ coverage of September 11, 2001. She left daily journalism in 2006 to teach photography at VOICES, Inc., a Tucson-based non-profit that mentored youth in the documentary arts to share the stories of their lives through words and visuals. Together, they published hundreds of youth-created stories in newsprint, radio, and video.
Krista earned a B.A. in photojournalism from San Francisco State University and a Master of Arts degree in art and photo history at the University of Arizona where she also earned a certificate in Museums Studies. She was named the Ansel Adams Intern at the Center for Creative Photography – one of the leading photo archives in the world – in 2013-2014, and again in 2014-2015. Her master's thesis investigated the intersection of photography, museums, feminism, and postmodernism through the study of New York-based photo artist Louise Lawler.
Krista was the primary still photographer for the 2008 public art project The Invisible City, in which writers, poets, dancers and filmmakers explored and created art in response to public spaces in downtown Tucson, Arizona. Her first solo photography book, HeartFound, a quirky collection of heart shapes found across the United States, was published in 2012. Her second book, Co-Authored is currently in the final editing stages.
She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Mike, where she serves on the Board of Directors of the Manayunk Roxborough Art Center.
Her CV is below:
- 2015 Master of Arts, Art History — University of Arizona
- 2015 Museum Studies Certificate — University of Arizona
- 2012 BA, Journalism — San Francisco State University
- 2013 - 2015: Ansel Adams Intern, Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona
- 2009 - 2013: Program Director, VOICES Community Stories Past and Present Inc., Tucson, Arizona
- 2007 - 2009: Photography Director and Instructor, VOICES Community Stories Past and Present Inc., Tucson, Arizona
- 2005 - 2006: Assistant Photo Editor, Lincoln Journal Star, Lincoln, Nebraska
- 2003 - 2005: Staff Photographer, Lincoln Journal Star, Lincoln, Nebraska
- 1999 - 2003: Photography Intern, The Sun-Chronicle, Attleboro, Massachusetts; San Antonio Express-News, San Antonio, Texas; The New York Times, New York, New York; Associated Press, Los Angeles, California
- 1993-1998: Digital Darkroom Specialist, The Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, California
CONFERENCES / TRAININGS
- 2011: Panel Member, Annual 21st Century Community Learning Center Statewide Conference — Presented successful high school level programming decisions, data evaluation systems and retention policies to high school principals and grant coordinators at annual conference for 21st CCLC federal grant system.
- 2011: Participant, Creative Capital, Internet for Artists — One of 20 local artists accepted for a three-day intensive professional development program to train, inform and assist artists with increasing their web presence and e-commerce business skills.
GUEST LECTURES / PRESENTATIONS
- 2012: University of Arizona, School of Art, Tucson, Arizona Art and Visual Culture Education course entitled ‘Community, Culture, and Art Education‘ — Guest lecture on arts education nonprofit organization, and program curriculum design.
- 2012: University of Arizona, Department of English, Tucson, Arizona course entitled ‘Topics in Professional and Technical Writing’ — Guest lecture on media literacy and the role of truth in visual media.
- 2012: Western Photographic Historical Society, Tucson, Arizona. Presentation of my work as a photojournalist, fine art photographer, and arts educator.
- 2010: University of Arizona, School of Art, Tucson, Arizona Art and Visual Culture Education course entitled ‘Community, Culture, and Art Education’ — Guest lecture on arts education nonprofit organization, and program curriculum design.
- 2009: Green Valley Camera Club, Green Valley, Arizona. Presentation of my work as a photojournalist, fine art photographer, and arts educator.
PUBLIC ART PROJECTS
- 2011: Curator, My Space, My Lens, Mesch, Clark & Rothschild, Tucson, Arizona
- 2008: Lead Photographer, The Invisible City, Tucson, Arizona
- 9/11 Gallery, Newseum, Washington, D.C.
- Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery, Newseum, Washington, D.C.
- A Nation Challenged: A Visual History of 9/11 and its Aftermath, The New York Times with Introduction by Howell Raines (Callaway, New York, 2002)
- Running Toward Danger: Stories Behind the Breaking News of 9/11, Trost, Cathy and Shepard, Alicia C. (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., United States, 2002)
- Photojournalism: The Professional's Approach, Kobre, Kenneth, 6th edition (Elsevier, Focal Press (imprint), Burlington, MA, 2008)
- Co-Authored — Solo photography book self-published July 2014
- HeartFound — Solo photography book self-published December 2012
- An Arranged Deconstruction: The Feminist Art Practice of Louise Lawler — The early photographic work of Louise Lawler has been consistently interpreted as a critical view of museum practice, partly due to an early essay on Lawler's work. Upon deeper examination, Lawler's work of the 1970s and 1980s is decidedly more feminist in tone and practice.
- The Archive Projects of Susan Meiselas — Focusing on the ways in which the Magnum photographer has incorporated pre-existing photographs into photography books as a critical examination of the role a photograph has in visual culture and how histories are remembered or forgotten.
- Behind the Iron Curtain: John Steinbeck & Roberts Capa in Stalin's Russia — Focusing on the important relationship between the prominent author John Steinbeck and combat photographer Robert Capa, this project looks into the years 1947-1948, which included the founding of Magnum Photos by Capa in the months prior to the pair’s trip to Russia to document life under Joseph Stalin.
- 2004: First Place, Nebraska News Photographer’s Association
- 2003: Third Place, Nebraska News Photographer’s Association
- 2002: Pulitzer Prize - Breaking News — The New York Times staff
- 2001: Award of Excellence — NPPA Best of Photojournalism
- 1998: San Francisco Bay Area College Photographer of the Year
- 1996: Contra Costa Times Employee of the Year
- 2015 - present: Member, Board of Directors, Manayunk Roxborough Art Center
- 2010 - 2013: Volunteer Member, KXCI Community Advisory Board
- 2009 - 2010: Volunteer, Cinema La Placita community movie nights
- Vice President for Symposia, Art History Graduate Association, University of Arizona.
- Member, College Art Association
- Member, Society for Photographic Education