Stephanie Freid-Perenchio approaches her photography with a curiosity about the world and an awareness that the extraordinary is housed in the ordinary moments of our lives.
A dedicated humanitarian documentary photographer, her compassion inspires her work. Stephanie favors the authentic and simple moments that tell a story, a story that reminds us, no matter our station in life, that we are all connected by our humanity. During the course of her career, she has traveled to Africa, Middle East, South America, Southeast Asia and many places in between. In all of her travels and through all the images captured, Stephanie works to spotlight the dignity of humanity no matter the shape, size, religion, or country of origin.
Concerned with the way the mass media covers those most affected by poverty, displacement, and disease, Stephanie attempts to provide a real story behind the spectacle of violence and devastation. She believes that once we get past the daily diet of suffering and victimization that only acts to paralyze us, we might imagine ways to change the world. She believes in the power that individuals have to create change and she understands the documentary photographer is responsible for telling the stories that will inspire individuals then policy makers to listen and act.
Stephanie has also long been a strong proponent for many important national and international issues. For her, the extraordinary lives and moments she has documented are reason enough to act. In reference to her work and the people she has met along the way Stephanie says, “If we can imagine the possibilities rather than fixate on the devastation, then we honor their struggles and hopefully we do just a little something to maintain hope.” With each project, Stephanie works hard to earn the trust of the people she photographs; she has willingly put the camera away out of respect for their privacy and dignity. For her, trust trumps the shot every time.
One of Stephanie’s greatest adventures, motherhood, is also one of her strongest motivations to tell these stories in her photographs. She hopes to teach her daughters to see the world through compassionate eyes and to recognize their own responsibility to live with the intention to make a positive difference in the world. She hopes that they believe in the power an individual can have to create change and she hopes they live inspired and aware lives.