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Several Concord Academy graduates have gone on to careers in documentary photography, capturing everyday life and historic events. Here are stories from four alumnae/i whose images help us see our world differently.

→ Lili Kobielski ’06 shot this portrait while on assignment for Vogue.

he photographers featured here use digital cameras now, but they learned the magic of manipulating film in the long-established photography program at Concord Academy. “I believe all young photographers should learn that process,” says Lili Holzer-Glier Kobielski ’06, who started taking pictures at CA. “The most important thing about high school for me was the sense of community I had working in that darkroom with friends, sharing music. It was a very communal, safe space for me to go.” It was at CA that Jonathan Moller ’81, now a human rights activist and photographer, learned the power images can have. The enthusiasm of his teacher and slideshows of the history of photography were formative. Moller says, “It was hugely fundamental for me to be exposed to the range of what was possible.” Frances FitzGerald Denny ’03, whose work investigates female identities, first took up photography at CA, under current and longtime teacher Cynthia Katz. She didn’t know that she’d make it her career. Denny advises others to figure out what is most important to them, and how they can use the camera to explore it. “Keep shooting,” she says. “It’s like a muscle you need to use to keep strong.” For professionals who aren’t outgoing by nature, photography opens doors. “I wouldn’t know 99.9 percent of what I know if it weren’t for a camera,” says photographer and endurance athlete Zandy Mangold ’92. “Every day is a field trip to something I never would have experienced otherwise.” He enjoys returning to campus to talk with CA students. “I tell them it’s OK to have dreams and to tell people about them, as long as they put in the work to pursue them,” he says. “It’s so important not to get discouraged if you’re passionate.”

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