Stephen Guenther

Stephen Guenther NGO Photographers Alliance


My first camera came at a very young age. Just noting that it was a Mickey Mouse camera says it all.

While in my senior year of undergraduate studies in Visual Psychology, I joined a friend working in the darkroom on a senior project in Architecture. It was at that point in time that the full weight of photography connected with me. The magic of the obfuscated image in the developing tray coming to life from a latent capture was the moment.

My formal education in photography began at the Center for Photographic Studies where my first teacher was CJ. Pressma, himself a protégé of Henry Holmes Smith and Minor White. It was a profound and lasting experience.

After, my professional development led to a Masters in Fine Art in Photography, followed by a 20 year career in graphic design, with the final role as the Design Director for my own company.

Filmmaking took over during this period where my visual skills were honed and applied working as a Director of both film and photography. Looking through the lens at the flow of motion was mesmerizing.

I have spent the better part of the last decade traveling the globe to document NGO humanitarian projects, from Education for Children with Disabilities in Andong, South Korea, to Women Weavers in Maheshwar, India. I continue to learn and understand with both a deep respect and a strong connection the scope of humanitarian needs.

With 30+ years of photography knowledge and experience under my belt, I remain committed to explore, to learn and to help others find their path to self-expression and documentation via photography.

[su_quote]A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective – Irving Penn[/su_quote]

Colombo, Sri Lanka NGO Photographers Alliance
Passengers on a train. Colombo, Sri Lanka


Jhoole Maheshwar NGO Photographers Alliance
jhoole weavers at Maheshwar, India


Lisboa, Portugal NGO Photographers Alliance
Lisboa, Portugal


India NGO Photographers Alliance
Rituals on the river, India

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