News + Info: About Me

Lianne Milton is a documentary photographer and photojournalist whose work examines the impact of socio-economic issues on race, class, and citizenship - from global migration to the lasting effects of poverty and violence - as well as exploring the relationship between the environmental landscape and the human experience. She is a member of the photo agency, Panos Pictures.  

Lianne is an IWMF Fellow and Pulitzer Center recipient. Her awards include: shortlisted for the Visura Grant on Global Climate Change; Yves Rocher Foundation Photography Award; Latin American Photography Award (APAI); L’Espresso Magazine Pictures of the Year; PDN Photo Annual in documentary; shortlisted for the FotoVisura Grant 

Select exhibitions include: Harvey Milk Photo Center in San Francisco, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Universal Health Care Forum, supported by UNDP; Festival Photo La Gacilly; Visa Pour L’Image; Photoville in NYC; Los Diez Latin American Photography Exhibition; and held in a permanent collection at the African American History Museum, in Washington, DC. 

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.  

In addition, Lianne has held artist talks at Youth Radio Oakland, San Francisco State University, San Francisco Art Institute, and Casa Publica in Rio de Janeiro. Lianne taught workshops for early-career Brazilian women photographers in Rio de Janeiro, and contributes to The Everyday Projects.  

In 2019, Lianne was awarded the Interdisciplinary Artist Research Cohort fellowship to study and teach photography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art, with an emphasis in Photography, in 2022. She also has a BA in Photojournalism from San Francisco State University, in 2005. She was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Currently, Lianne lives and works in Philaldelphia. When she's is not photographing, she's out surfing with her husband along the jungle coastline of Brazil.