Amy Thompson Avishai was raised in Morocco, Jordan and Saudi Arabia while her father served as the American military attaché. She returned to the U.S. and began freelancing out of the New York Times’ Washington D.C. bureau. Amy later created documentary projects in Cambodia, Morocco and Ohio, during her graduate studies at the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University. She teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. Her latest work, Long Days, Short Years, is about family, motherhood and life in America.
An educator, visiting artist and guest lecturer, Amy presented at the Washington D.C. Fulbright panel, Can Photography Make a Difference? She also shared her project, Within These Walls: Educating Girls in Rural Morocco, at the Global Understanding Convention, Simon Guggenheim Library in New Jersey, and at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Massachusetts. In addition, she presented her work at Journalists Reporting in Asia, a colloquium at Michigan State University. She has also shown her work in high schools and it has been used to support girls’ education in rural Morocco.
Group exhibitions include: Across the Divide, Critical Mass Top 50 Photographers traveling show, Investing in Women and Girls, World Bank headquarters, Washington D.C. and the 2015 New England Photography Biennial, Danforth Museum of Art, Massachusetts. Solo shows include Within These Walls: Educating Girls in Rural Morocco, PHOTOSTOP Gallery, which included a panel discussion and was awarded Best Art Exhibit of the Year in the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire.
Amy is the recipient of a Fulbright Grant, South East Asia Studies Grant (Ohio University), Paul Schutzer Memorial Award for Advanced Documentary Work and has twice been recognized as one of PhotoLucida’s Critical Mass - Top 50 Photographers. Paris Photo Prize (PX3 Prix de la Photographie) and the Lucie Foundation’s International Photography Awards have also recognized her work. A featured photographer in National Geographic magazine, her photos have appeared in literary journals, newspapers and are held in private collections.