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John Ficara has traveled the globe as an editorial photographer, photographing domestic and international news and politics. He has covered the White House for Newsweek Magazine through five presidential campaigns and four administrations. John has also produced 38 cover images for Newsweek Magazine as well as covers and stories for a variety of domestic and international magazines that include People, U.S. News & World Report, Time, Sports Illustrated Women, Family Circle and Der Spiegel among others. His editorial work has also appeared in editions of American Photography, which honors the best in American photography in editorial, advertising and fine art.

John’s work has been recognized with numerous awards and honors that include:
  • “DESI ” for his Newsweek Magazine cover photograph of Pope John Paul II in the Philippines and in 1992.
  • National Headliners Award for "Feature Photography" for his Persian Gulf coverage leading up to the war.
  • Awards from World Press Photo, the National Press Photographers Association and the White House News Photographers Association.
John’s most recent work on the Black American Farmers Project was awarded the White House News Photographers Documentary Grant and the National Press Photographers/Nikon Documentary Sabbatical Grant. A selection of his images also appear in the recent book projects Maryland 24/7 and A Day in the Life of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Presently, John and writer/producer Annette Handley Chandler are creating the East End Center for Documentary Work. The center, which will be located in Sag Harbor, N.Y., will teach documentary still photography and filmmaking to high school students in the New York City/Long Island area. The center will also conduct master workshops for college students as well as practicing professionals in the still and film documentary fields.

John has been a featured speaker on photojournalism and long-term documentary projects at colleges and universities in the Washington D.C. area.
He also sits on the advisory board for the Institute for Documentary Change, School of Communication at American University in Washington, D. C. and is an advisory board member for the Northern Virginia Community College Department of Photojournalism.
 
John is a member of the National Press Photographers’ Association and the American Society of Media Photographers. He presently resides in the Washington, D.C. area
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