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Bess Greenberg's Photography
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When I sleep at night, I dream in images, of being in foreign cultures and capturing photographs that tell their profound stories.
- Bess Greenberg
After years of traveling the globe as a professional athlete, Bess Greenberg realized her true calling was documentary photography. Today, as a Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholar, she is using her experience in different countries and cultures to nurture her skills and grow as a photographer.
"When I sleep at night, I dream in images, of being in foreign cultures and capturing photographs that tell their profound stories."
Bess is currently pursuing an M.A. in documentary photography at the International Center of Photography. She chose the school because of her admiration for the groundbreaking photographers that make up its staff, and its location "at the heart of the photographic world" - New York City.
Bess hopes to break down cultural barriers with her work. "In a world where we constantly find reasons to separate ourselves from one another, I seek to find common understanding with different kinds of people,” says Bess. “Through books, magazines and exhibitions, I want to give people the opportunity to greet new cultures - and through that introduction, I hope to spark distant human connections."
Her work has been exhibited at numerous galleries, including a solo exhibition in Copenhagen portraying the Old City in Jerusalem.
Before pursuing photography, Bess spent five years playing basketball professionally for teams in Israel and Denmark. She received the 2001 NCAA Woman of the Year Award for the state of New York, and was a Verizon Academic All-American, a Kodak All-American, and a GTE Academic All-American.