Photo by Ramona Rosales

Hello! I'm working to improve the technology that controls our shared visual experiences.

Why do we take pictures, and how do those pictures change us?

By focusing on how photography shapes culture and society, my work is about designing the next generation of visual communication tools—how we see and feel seen.

I have sought to understand technology's influence on our reality as Stanford University's first Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence and JSK Journalism Fellow in 2019. For this work I also draw upon my own journey, as senior photo editor for National Geographic Magazine and one of the first 60 recruits at Instagram in 2014 where I helped build the platform for 1 billion users within five years.

Fun fact: I have the unique distinction of running the world’s two largest organizational social media accounts (@natgeo and @instagram) between 2012-2018, during a pivotal time when platforms scaled from human-powered content discovery to algorithmic personalization for the first time.

Today, you can find me leading Aesthetics Science with Apple Camera and Photos. I serve on the board of the Magnum Foundation and as affiliate fellow with Stanford University's Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence.

Photograph by Ramona Rosales
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