Proof: The Stories Behind the Photographs

Proof is National Geographic’s online photography journal. We showcase the voices of National Geographic photographers and editors to offer a behind-the-scenes look at the visual storytelling process. Proof also features work from emerging photographers, books, galleries, and portfolios across the web. We aim to present an ongoing conversation about photography, art, journalism, and the people who create it. We can be reached at proof@natgeo.com.

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Alexa Keefe

Senior Photo Editor, Digital, National Geographic
87 Posts
Alexa Keefe’s passion for storytelling began at a young age with creative writing, followed by a degree in French literature. For the past 14 years, her passion has found expression in the pairing of photography with real life stories, first as a photo archivist and now as a photo editor, helping to bring the experiences of photographers and visual storytellers to life on Proof.
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Becky Harlan

Associate Producer, Digital, National Geographic
87 Posts
Becky Harlan is from the mountains of East Tennessee. She grew to love photography through the study of art history, and it's still the story behind each photo that fascinates her. She also produces Robert Krulwich's science blog, Curiously Krulwich, for National Geographic.
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Jehan Jillani

Associate Photo Editor, Digital
1 Posts
Jehan Jillani is the Associate Photo Editor for National Geographic where she focuses on photography driven storytelling for the web. Previously, she was the Digital Photo Editor at The New Yorker. She grew up in Islamabad, Pakistan and majored in Studio Art and Political Science at Smith College.
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Jeanne Modderman

Photography Producer, Digital, National Geographic
3 Posts
Jeanne never tires of hearing the story of how when she was seven, she shot six rolls of film in order to get the best photo of a chicken's eye. She is inspired by all that is around her with a passion for art, food, pit bulls and travel. She most recently worked as a photo editor for National Geographic Magazine and is ready for her new adventure into digital story-telling.
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Jake Rutherford

Photo Coordinator, National Geographic
3 Posts
Photo coordinator and native Texan Jake Rutherford first borrowed a Pentax 35mm camera from his high school’s darkroom. While a poetry reader, business major, and philosophy enthusiast, Jake’s primary interests are photography and sci-fi. To that end, he has taught photography in New Mexico, owned a video production house, managed brands at design firm, and watched Battlestar Galactica three times over. If he were granted one wish, it would be to time travel with a camera in hand.
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Jenny Trucano Muller

Business Manager, National Geographic
2 Posts
Jenny Trucano is all business at NGM-- she handles photo contracts, finances and the occasional question about how to import a 52-foot model of a dinosaur from Italy. But it's the beautiful stories NGM tells about people and the planet that make her love her job.
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Jessie Wender

Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic
18 Posts
Jessie Wender is a senior photo editor at National Geographic magazine where she commissions and researches features and the magazine's short form sections, including Visions, Proof, and Departments. She loves working with artists and with creative people, and is a huge supporter of emerging photographers.
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Ken Geiger

Deputy Director of Photography, National Geographic
3 Posts
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Ken Geiger joined National Geographic in 2004 after 24 years of newspaper journalism, most recently as the director of photography for the Dallas Morning News. Ken spends most of his time editing stories and managing digital workflow systems. But would rather be scheming his next trip out of the office—to shoot National Geographic magazine cover stories like Stonehenge or stitching 126 images into a portrait of a giant sequoia.
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Kurt Mutchler

Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic
12 Posts
Kurt Mutchler has worked at National Geographic magazine since 1994 producing more than 125 stories and 25 cover stories. He feels that most of the content on the Internet is as filling as a bowl of Fruit Loops and without intrepid photographers, writers, scientists, and explorers, the Earth would cease to spin. He enjoys building on the legacy of the first storytellers who painted on cave walls more than 40,000 years ago.
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Mallory Benedict

Associate Photo Editor, Digital, National Geographic
9 Posts
Mallory Benedict is an Assistant Photo Editor for National Geographic News where she illustrates timely digital stories. She is always eager to discover and work with photographers who have a different way of seeing. When she's not looking at photos, you can find her doing yoga or stealing extra samples from the grocery store.
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Monica Corcoran

Director of Your Shot, Digital, National Geographic
4 Posts
Monica C. Corcoran is an award-winning photography producer with over 15 years experience in visual storytelling. She is a Director at National Geographic Society managing the Your Shot photo community and the National Geographic Magazine Photo Contest.
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Melody Rowell

Assistant Photo Editor, Digital, National Geographic
6 Posts
For Melody Rowell, working at National Geographic magazine is part of a joyful pursuit of storytelling. She’s working toward a Master’s in Nonfiction Writing at Johns Hopkins University, but that doesn't keep her from daydreaming about the Rocky Mountains, Kansas City barbecue, and tea on the Thames.
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Patrick Witty

Deputy Director of Photography
3 Posts
Patrick Witty joined National Geographic in 2016, after serving as the Director of Photography at WIRED. Before that, Patrick was the International Picture Editor at TIME. Patrick began his career as a freelance photographer and his photographs from 9/11 were widely published and are part of the permanent collection at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
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Sarah Leen

Director of Photography, National Geographic
5 Posts
After nearly 20 years working as a freelance photographer for National Geographic, Sarah Leen joined the magazine staff as a senior photo editor in 2004. She became the magazine's director of photography in 2013—an amazing journey.
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Sadie Quarrier

Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic
2 Posts
Sadie Quarrier covers the adventure and exploration beat for National Geographic magazine. This means she gets to work with really cool people doing really amazing, often extreme things while she sits in the office looking at their pictures and hearing about their adventures. The upside is she doesn't get frostbite or get stranded due to bad weather . . . but she's hoping for that opportunity!