Shana Sureck

Shana Sureck

  • Photography
  • Writing / Editing
  • Film / Video

I have an essay in the newly published "The Zen of Midlife Mothering," edited by Cyma Shapiro. We will both be appearing Wednesday May 28th at 7 pm at the Forbes Library in Northampton MA for a "Midlife Mother Schmooze and Book Reading." Please join us. Call (860) 371-4820 for more information.

Urban Legends: Sistah Nandi from Shana Sureck on Vimeo.


I am a photographer, a visual storyteller, a photojournalist. After 20 years as a staff photographer at the Hartford Courant, I now run Shana Sureck Photography, with studios in Hartford, CT and Florence (Northampton), MA. I care about the lives, the beliefs, and the work of people, organizations, and non-profits that make a difference in the world. Increasingly, I am incorporating audio and video into my projects, with the added richness that multimedia brings to stories. On the weekends, I turn my cameras to more personal life celebrations – weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, sweet sixteens – that mark in joyful, sacred ways, important turning points that have meaning in our lives. To say nothing of the awesome parties!!!


  • Photography
  • Writing / Editing
  • Film / Video


  • Aperture3
  • Final Cut Pro
  • photojournalism
  • video
  • interviewing skills
  • Photoshop

Work Experience

owner, Shana Sureck Photography (2008-present)
Staff Photographer, The Hartford Courant (1987-2008)
Adjunct Professor, Studio Arts at Trinity College ("Digital Documentary," Photo I, II, III)


Wesleyan University, BA 1983
International Center of Photography, 1978
Hunter College HS (NYC) 1977


Hartford Public Library (2012)
Jewish Community Center (2011)
Hartford Seminary (2011)

Screening of documentaries at the Center for Contemporary Culture (Hartford, 2012)


  • ASMP

Galleries or Venues

  • 'NURTURE: Photographs and Stories of Midlife Mothers' is traveling the US and Canada. It just left the MOM Museum in NYC and will next be at the Hartford Seminary
  • opening on June 1.

Find Me

Career Status

  • Ready to collaborate
  • Seeking freelance opportunities


  • Annie E. Casey Foundation Award for Meritorious Photojournalism 1999 nominee for Pulitzer Award for "Leaving State
  • " a 16-year long project following the life of a young welfare mom as she works herself off state dependency.


  • Amherst College
  • Smith College
  • The University of Hartford
  • NPR
  • Verdant Multicultural Media
  • Six Point Creative Advertising and Branding
  • Mt. Holyoke College
  • Hispanic Health Council
  • Harold Grinspoon Foundation
  • Greater Hartford Jewish Community Center
  • The Hartford
  • Lander Grinspoon Academy
  • Jewish Federation

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