Bruce Strong is a visual storyteller inspired by a desire to bridge cultural divides and focus on our shared humanity, and he welcomes opportunities to work with great people on meaningful projects because life’s too short to do anything else. He has shot in nearly 70 countries, with Iceland, Croatia, Oman, Mauritius, Mongolia, Armenia and South Sudan added to the mix most recently. Bruce was on staff at The Orange County Register in Southern California for 11 years and has freelanced for a variety of international publications and nonprofit organizations. His work has been published in such prestigious publications as TIME Magazine and National Geographic, and he has earned numerous awards and two fellowships: The Knight-Wallace Kellogg Public Policy Fellow at the University of Michigan and the Knight Fellowship at Ohio University. He also served as the first professional in residence at MediaStorm (then in New York City), and upon returning to Newhouse became chair of the Visual Communications department, a role he held for 10 years.
When he’s not in the field, Bruce spends time helping others learn to tell stories that matter as an associate professor at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where he teaches various video, audio, photography and multimedia courses; serves as the new Alexia endowed chair, presiding over its annual international grant competition and other projects; and is director of the school’s Military Photojournalism program. Bruce considers teaching a rewarding and enlightening journey, and he is proud of his students, many of whom have won top honors from NPPA, POY, World Press and BOP, even while still students. He also mentored back-to-back College Photographer of the Year winners, Matt Eich and Travis Dove. In 2010, Bruce was honored with a Meredith Teaching Recognition Award from Syracuse University and the National Press Photographers Association’s Robin F. Garland Educator Award. Bruce also lectures and leads workshops for a variety of groups, including NPPA’s Multimedia Immersion Workshop, the Maine Media Workshops, IEI Media and the U.S. Navy. He also has been sent by the U.S. State Department to teach visual storytelling and photography to photojournalists in Oman and Mauritius.
Bruce is most proud of his two young adult sons, Jack and Cole, and loves adventuring through life with Claudia, his designer/writer/professor wife.
YOU CAN REACH HIM AT BRUCE@BRUCESTRONG.COM AND 315.200.7555.