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Brittany Powell

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Brittany M. Powell is a photographer, multimedia artist, and educator working in Vermont. She spent more than a decade as a freelance documentary and editorial photographer in San Francisco, CA before moving to Vermont in 2016. Her work focuses on income inequality, identity, and economic justice across America. She has a BFA in photography from California College of the Arts and an MFA from San Francisco State University. Brittany published a photography book in 2020 titled The Debt Project: 99 Portraits Across America, that was featured in the New Yorker during election week. Brittany has exhibited work at the ICP Museum in New York, Aperture Gallery in New York, SF Camerawork, Flux Factory in New York, Smack Mellon, Root Division, SOMArts, California College of the Arts, San Francisco State University, the Vermont Studio Center, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Johnson State University and the Headlands Center for the Arts. Brittany’s photographs have been published in Politico, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, the Guardian, Slate Magazine, Fast Company, Refinery29, Hyperallergic, USA Today, the Huffington Post, Marie Claire, National Geographic, the San Francisco Chronicle, Yoga Journal, and Chronicle Books amongst many others. 

In 2015 and 2016, Brittany was a finalist for the Dorothea Lange/Paul Taylor prize in documentary from Duke University and was awarded fellowships from both the Vermont Studio Center and the Headlands Center for the Arts. In 2019 she was the recipient of a creation grant from the Vermont Arts Council.