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A PRO FESSO R told Lili Kobielski she should pursue photography only if it’s the only language she speaks. Kobielski is a writer, too, but that didn’t deter her. She earned her master’s in photojournalism at Columbia University, takes assignments for Vogue, the New York Times, and the New Yorker, and teaches photojournalism at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, her alma mater. Journalism and photography have gone hand-in-hand in making her a stronger storyteller. “It’s my world,” Kobielski says. “I can’t imagine doing anything else.” Inspired by street photographers, Kobielski’s images call attention to societal problems. After Hurricane Sandy hit New York, she spent two years walking around Queens, meeting people and taking pictures. Vogue picked up the photos, and Kobielski secured a book deal. Her 2015 book, Rockabye, documents the hurricane’s aftermath along the Rockaway Peninsula. Her forthcoming book grew out of a collaboration with the digital publication Narratively and the Vera Institute of Justice. It focuses on mental illness among inmates in Chicago’s Cook County Jail. Kobielski grew up on a farm with thoroughbreds in upstate New York, where she now runs a small farm herself. “I value flexibility,” she says, “being able to do several things.” She has covered the Kentucky Derby for five years. Many of her images look beyond glitz and glamour to elements more human. “There are many places I would never have gone without a camera,” Kobielski says. “I’ve learned so much from talking to people. Photography has really expanded my access to the world.”

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↓ Lili Kobielski documents the Preakness Stakes and the surrounding Baltimore neighborhood while on assignment for Narratively.

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