Originally from New York City, Tish Lampert began her work as a photojournalist in London where she free-lanced for numerous publications and newspapers, including The London Times, The Evening Standard, and Time Out Magazine. She distinguished herself as one of the only women who photographed inside the mines at Abergavenny, Wales. Lampert created a series titled “Exiting the Metropolitan” tracing the closure of rural farms as the British M1 highway was extended. She returned to the U.S. in the 70’s where she documented the rise of skiing in the West, “To Fly With The Eagle.” The Lake Tahoe Association, Snowbird, Aspen and Jackson Hole featured Lampert’s photography.
Today Lampert’s work focuses on human rights issues. She covered the 1992 riots in Los Angeles; the Cesar Chavez movement for migrant worker’s rights and, for ten years, worked with the Navajo Nation in Tuba City and Window Rock, Arizona. Her “in the field” investigations include: Human Rights Watch, The Fund For Peace, Concierge, N.O.W. (National Organization of Women), The Africa Project, The Los Angeles School District, Tap-Tap, The Los Angeles Conservancy and US Doctors Without Borders. Art Miles Mural Project has used Lampert’s images to represent them internationally. In 1994, Lampert was hired to document the Soldier of Fortune convention at the Sands Hotel, in Las Vegas. That assignment provided a rare opportunity to photograph mercenaries, and future war profiteers. For five years she served as media director and photographer for Voices of African Mothers, an accredited NGO at the United Nations. Lampert has served as the senior documentarian, for CAP (Conflict Awareness Program). Her photographs from the Congo have been exhibited at UCLA, Laguna Beach, Malibu and New York.
Tish Lampert feels her most powerful work was done for the United Nations, in the Congo. These assignments have also taken her to Ghana, Kenya, Burundi, and Rwanda. She was the photographer of record for investigations involving rebel soldiers on Igwi Island, in the DRC. Her exhibitions of the Congolese Lowland Gorilla have raised awareness for this endangered species. The World Federation of the United Nations Association brought Lampert to New York to photograph Secretary General Ban Ki - moon, Under Secretary General Anwarul Chowdhury and Hans Blix. The United Nations Association honored Lampert for her achievement as a photojournalist in Sub-Sahara.
In September 2012 Lampert presented her portrait of Gore Vidal to Southeby’s Institute in New York. In March, 2013, Under-Secretary General, Michelle Bachelet, commended Lampert for her work with women, in the Congo.
Tish Lampert’s seventeen years of chronicling U.S. citizens exercising their First Amendment Rights, has evolved into two books, America Speaks and I Protest. Ms. Lampert is a 2013 recipient of a Nathan Cummings Foundation Grant for America Speaks. A copy of the book was presented to Michelle Obama. Both America Speaks and the author’s forthcoming book, I Protest, are endorsed by Martin Sheen, Harry Belafonte, Dennis Macdougal, and Greg Palast. In June 2013, Ms. Lampert exhibited this work at the United Nations. America Speaks was the catalogue for that exhibition.
In 2015 and 2016, NCORE, (National Conference On Racial Ethnicity), used Lampert’s images at their national conference, in Washington D.C., and in San Francisco. Lampert’s work was featured at PHOTO LA, 2016. A short documentary film is in process, using stills from Lampert’s archival project I Protest. October , 2017, Found Treasure, featured vintage black and white portraits, at O Gallery, in Los Angeles. Lampert will have a solo exhibition, in Berkeley, California, date TBA. Lampert’s recent images from her collection Divided We Fall: 2016, is featured in the Berlin International Art Collective.
Ms. Lampert's photographs are apart of numerous private collections both corporate and individual. A list is available upon request. A list of her publications and talks is also available upon request.
"Through Tish Lampert’s I Protest, America Speaks, we view a clear reflection of who we are, who we can become, and a powerful reminder that basic human rights are not given by the gracious hand of any state that must be protected therein.
— Martin Sheen
“Images of the history of the civil rights movement viewed by generations yet unborn is a vital contribution to the growth of our nation. For us to not know our history is to leave us eternally vulnerable to repeating the horrors we have in the past created. Equally important is to see the human diversity that went into overcoming the forces that sought to deny our common humanity. This collection, I Protest, America Speaks, is a gift that should be in everyone’s possession so as to help us understand the courage it took to overcome those forces that fuel our capacity to constantly self- destruct.”
— Harry Belafonte
“ If a picture is worth a thousand words, internationally renowned photojournalist Tish Lampert is publishing the Encyclopedia Britannica of activism.”
— Malibu Times
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