Amy Thompson Avishai is a photographer, educator, and consultant based in western Massachusetts.
Raised in Morocco, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Belgium— these experiences heightened her cultural awareness and helped bring to the fore feelings of belonging and, at the same time, of being an outsider.
Whether photographing in a girls' dormitory in rural Morocco, a Mennonite community in southern Ohio, a temple in Cambodia, her photographs have a universal quality and reflect our common humanity.
Amy has taught photography at The Massachusetts College of Art and Design (Boston), The Griffin Museum of Photography (Winchester, MA), and Endicott College (Beverly, MA).
Her photographs have been published in newspapers, literary journals and magazines, including The News York Times and The Women's Review of Books (Wellesley College). Amy was also a featured photographer in National Geographic magazine. Her photos have been exhibited in group and solo shows in the US and Europe.
Amy holds an M.A. in photography from the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University, and a B.A. in Humanities (French, English, and photojournalism) from Michigan State University.
Awards include a Fulbright Fellowship, PhotoLucida’s Critical Mass - Top 50 Photographers, Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Prix de la Photographie (Paris, France), among others.