Lianne Milton is an artist, journalist, and educator. 

For nearly twenty years, I have been photographing socioeconomic issues predominantly throughout Southeast Asia and Latin America, particularly Brazil, where I lived from 2013 to 1019.  

Published internationally, Lianne is a frequent contributor to news journals such as Le Monde magazine, US News & World Report, The Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal, as well as many travel publications, including inflight magazines, Conde Nast Traveller, and National Geographic Traveller. She also photographs for major international NGOs, such as ActionAid, Open Society Foundations, Smile Train, UNICEF, and UN Women.  

My interdisciplinary and practice-led research investigates diaspora and identity, mythology, and the sociopolitical complexities of female body politics. It also considers social and ecological environments, human rights, and the maternal landscape. Archival inquiry, historical and vernacular photography, systems of traditional knowledge, and oral histories inform my visual approach.  

As an educator, I believe my teaching philosophy is similar to my photographic practice—to facilitate social change. Deconstructing and dismantling colonialism and the white, patriarchal gaze in photography have long been central to my photographic practice and form an integral part of my teaching philosophy.  

Currently, I live and work in Philadelphia.  


Select awards & recognition: 2023 Alan Hangman Grant (NPPF), 2022 American Photography 38 + annual award book; 2022 University of Wisconsin-Madison Creative Arts Award; 2020 Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Documentary Photography Award, Finalist; (multi-year) American Photography (AP-AI) Latin America Fotographía Award; 2019 University of Wisconsin-Madison, Interdisciplinary Artist Research Cohort Scholar; 2018 Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting Grant; 2018 International Womens Media Foundation Fellow; 2018 Visura Grant on Global Climate Change finalist; 2015 Yves Rocher Foundation Photography Award; 2014 Sony Global Imaging Ambassador; 2013 L’Espresso Magazine Pictures of the Year; 2013 PDN Photo Annual. 

Select exhibitions: 2024 Automated By Design traveling exhibition, in collaboration with Panos Pictures, Stop Killer Robots, and Amnesty International, New York City, commissioned; 2023 Harvey Milk Photo Center in San Francisco, invitation; 2023 The Arts + Literature Laboratory, Madison, Wi, invitation; 2021-22 University of Wisconsin-Madison; Universal Health Care Forum, supported by UNDP, invitation- Festival Photo La Gacilly, invitation; Visa Pour L’Image, invitation; Photoville in NYC, commissioned; Los Diez Latin American Photography Exhibition, invitation; American History Museum, in Washington, DC, permanent collection