Our master lecture will explore the perspectives of three working photojournalists, all adjusting the current economic realities of making a living at their craft, and the physical, technical and political imperatives of documenting our current [often divided] society. FMoPA is working to identify three photojournalists with connections to Tampa Bay that have amassed a diverse body of work. The lecture will be structured as hybrid form of Q&A with a presentation of the photographer’s work so participants can get an idea of their aesthetic, experience and working conditions. The moderator will be FMoPA board member and Tampa Bay Business Journal Editor-in-Chief Alexis Muellner. Each of the panelists will take turns 1-1 to describe their work in 20-minute segments, sharing some of their favorite work with the audience. Then, all three will come together for a short, final discussion. In addition, the moderator will introduce an additional 15-20 minute discussion with the appropriate member of the Pasco County Sherriff’s Office to discuss body cameras. Pasco uses them at all times and is one of the few counties in Tampa Bay to do so. It also participates in A&E’s hit documentary show Live PD. That session will likely follow the third photographer’s 1-1. All sessions will provide ample audience Q&A. It will run from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with short breaks before adjourning for a reception and networking.
Meet the Panel:
Saturday, June 8th from 1-4 pm
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Third Floor
400 N Ashley Drive, Cube 200
Tampa, FL 33602
Alexis Muellner (“Milner”) is responsible for the news operation of the digital and print editions of the Tampa Bay Business Journal. He has nearly 21 years with American City Business Journals, the TBBJ parent company. He was named TBBJ editor-in-chief back in 2004. Alexis earned a master’s degree in print journalism from the University of Miami in 1993 and a BA from Hampshire College. His roots are in public radio where credits include National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” “Weekend Edition,” “Crossroads,” and “Living on Earth.” He was an adjunct professor at Florida International University in Miami, where he taught the business and ethics of journalism, and broadcast writing and reporting. He was winner of the prestigious Livingston Award for Young Journalists for his public radio series on the role of radio in Vietnam during the war. His print journalism credits include the Miami Herald, Florida Trend, the New York Times, the Miami Daily Business Review, Quill and the Sports Business Journal. He has twice been the recipient of the national ACBJ Eagle Award, his company’s highest honor, for excellence in news. For TV, Muellner has been a regular commentator for Bay News 9. He’s on the boards of the Tampa Bay Community Network and Speak Up, a Tampa nonprofit that provides video production services, training and production crews for individuals and non-profits; and the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. He has been photographing since he first picked up an Kodak Instamatic camera at age 7. He lives in Pasco County with his wife Joni, and in downtime, pursues his image-making goals through a robust Instagram feed (@alexismuellner).
Alex McKnight specializes in editorial, corporate and advertising photography. Based in the Tampa Bay area, his love of people and their stories led him to focus on editorial and corporate work. His innate ability to coax his subjects creates powerful images from a single location in a limited time. From busy CEO’s to the everyday worker, he utilizes whatever environment he is in to its best advantage creating striking imagery. Alex has been a teacher, advocate and mentor within his field and received recognition from Addy, Clio and Print, as well as grants from The National Endowment for the Arts and Getty Images. He is also chapter president for the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers. He loves to ride his bicycle (see next page for video by Justin Ross Ward).
Eve Edelheit is an award winning independent freelance photographer based in St. Petersburg. She was recently a staff photographer at the Tampa Bay Times for nearly seven years. She also freelances for clients like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, ESPN, The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Intercept. She has photographed two cookbooks, Food + Art and Bella’s in addition to working with chefs across Florida and covering events hosted by the James Beard Foundation. Eve was also recently elected for the board of directors for the National Press Photographers Association. Eve graduated with a degree in photojournalism from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, and a minor in political science in May 2011. In the previous spring, Eve also attended the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus, Denmark. Her work has been recognized by the National Press Photographers Association, Florida Society of News Editors, The Green Eyeshade Awards and others. In 2017, Eve was nominated for PDN 30. She was also accepted into the XXIV class of the Eddie Adams Workshop and has continued to volunteer with the workshop for several years.
Monica is an Emmy-nominated photojournalist at the Tampa Bay Times in St. Petersburg, Florida. She leads the Times’ photographic coverage of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and cover other local sports teams. She also contributes to daily news coverage and long term reports and features. Before moving to St. Pete, she interned at the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Baltimore Sun Media Group. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Visual Journalism from the University of Miami in 2014 and attended the NYTimes Portfolio Review in 2017. Her work has been recognized by National Headliner, FSNE, Green Eyeshade, and NPPA. She has been involved with the National Association of Black Journalists since she was a student and is currently the Vice Chair of the Visual Task Force.