Master Artists - Photography

YoungArts’ master artists are some of the most distinguished and accomplished artists in their fields. These master artists support YoungArts’ mission to cultivate and inspire the next generation of artists by graciously lending their time and expertise to work with YoungArts participants in each of our ten disciplines.  Spending time with these master artists in an intimate setting, YoungArts participants come away with inspiring and life-changing experiences.

YoungArts master artists serve in a wide variety of capacities: as discipline coordinators, national reviewers, selection panelists, master teachers, editors and curators.  These master artists, each at different points in their careers and with unique perspectives on their art form, represent the myriad of versions of what it means to be a successful artist, and have helped many students understand what it takes to make a career and find fulfillment in the arts.


Debbie Fleming Caffery | Debbie Fleming Caffery's photography has been included in exhibitions from the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. to the Photo Gallery International, Tokyo. Her work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the George Eastman House, Rochester; the Cleveland Museum of Art; and the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France. Four monographs have been published of Caffery's work. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Michael P. Smith Documentary Award and Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

Michelle Dunn Marsh | Michelle Dunn Marsh is a designer, editor and arts advocate. She is currently Executive Director at Photographic Center Northwest, and founder of Minor Matters Books. Over the last two decades Dunn Marsh has served in executive and creative roles in the fields of art photography and publishing. Her professional experience includes fifteen years with Aperture Foundation; senior editor of art and design at Chronicle Books; and publishing consultant to Jim Marshall Photography LLC, Museum of Glass, and other cultural institutions. She is a part-time lecturer in the MFA program at Parsons/The New School in New York City, and was a tenured professor in graphic design at Seattle Central Community College.

Sylvia Plachy | Sylvia Plachy, the first photographer assigned to shoot the opening photograph of the legendary “Goings On About Town” section of The New Yorker, explores in her work the city's dynamics from the inside out, from the Mermaid Parade to camels walking through town on the way to the circus, and sometimes farther afield. Plachy’s work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and the San Francisco Museum, among others.

Margaret Steber | Maggie Steber’s photos have appeared in Life, The New Yorker, Smithsonian, People, Newsweek, TIME and Sports Illustrated. She received two major grants for her work in Haiti, which culminated in the book Dancing on Fire: Photographs From Haiti. Maggie has served as a Newsweek Magazine contract photographer and as the Assistant Managing Editor of Photography and Features at the Miami Herald, overseeing staff projects that won the paper a Pulitzer Prize and two finalist recognitions. She has exhibited internationally, and her honors include the World Press Foundation Award and the Leica Medal of Excellence. Maggie teaches workshops internationally including at the World Press Joop Swart Master Classes, the International Center for Photography, Foundry Workshops and the Obscura Photo Festival.

Bruce Weber | Bruce Weber is a photographer and filmmaker best known for black-and-white photographs that capture an all-American look and feel. Often working in portraiture, Weber strives to capture the emotions of his subjects and honestly reveal elements of personality. Weber has helped define an idealized and iconic American look, particularly through 1980s advertisement campaigns for brands such as Abercrombie and Fitch, Ralph Lauren, and Calvin Klein.

YoungArts would also like to thank our extraordinary group of 2015-2016 discipline coordinators, national reviewers and selection panelists in the Photography discipline: Corinne May Botz, Michelle Dunn Marsh, David Hilliard, Jessica Ingram, María Martínez-Cañas, Maggie Steber, Noelle Théard and Tim B. Wride.