“I have a strong desire not only to take pictures, but to share the experiences of my subjects, and hopefully, to give something back to them through the act of recording their lives.”
Beth began photographing for her school newspaper in the 9th grade. Making photo-documentaries has been her passion for 28 years. In 1995 she received an MFA in photography from The Hartford Art School. It is her belief that she can make a difference in the lives of people who need it most with her camera.
Inspired by roadblocks Beth found in her own education she pursued teaching with great enthusiasm and have created photography and self-empowering workshops and retreats for youth and adults in Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina and Massachusetts.
Through grants, commissions and self-funding Beth has dealt with the issues of inclusion, health care, cancer survivors, welfare, the environment, immigration and aging. For four years she was a staff photographer for The Bristol Press, Bristol, CT. For 20 years she have been teaching at the university level ( including University of South Florida, Eckerd College) and at The Morean Arts Center.
Beth started her own publishing company in 1998, The Photo-Documentary Press, inc. to photograph issues with social relevance and publish her work in fine art coffee table books.
Her first book was Sisters of Courage: Survivors of Breast and Cervical Cancer (1999). Her second title is Captain, He Bought Eggs: Stories from a Firefighter (2001) and her third publication is Faces of Lung Cancer in conjunction with the Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida.
Beth Reynolds is currently the Director of Photography of the Morean Arts Center, a 100-year old community arts organization. She coordinates the photo education program as well as organizes community photo programs.