Maria Russo is a photographer, writer and editor whose work has been featured by Architectural Digest, Forbes, National Geographic, BBC America, The Huffington Post, Business Insider, AFAR, LensCulture, Sony Alpha, and VII Photo Agency among others.
Russo has traveled to over 35 countries exploring vibrant cultures, chaotic streets, castaway islands, remote jungles and bushveld, and our human impact on the environment.
In 2014, Russo began documenting the lives of women farmers in Rwanda. Her photography began to examine how poverty and food insecurity are deeply tied to the climate and health crises. Russo spent the next seven years exploring women-led tree based agriculture and permagardening climate resilience projects. It was through this work that she became a Representative to the United Nations. Russo continues to focus on these issues and why women are more vulnerable than men to the impacts of climate change.
During the early stages of her career, Russo worked in various areas of media and television at companies such as MTV Networks, People Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Warner Bros. and WOR News Talk Radio. She was also a contributing writer for Inc.com. In 2016, she developed a graduate level course in collaboration with Susanne Althoff, former editor-in-chief of the Boston Globe Magazine, for Emerson College. The course was titled: “Topics in Writing and Publishing: Writing and Editing for TheCultureist.com.”