Expertise: European Union, migration and immigration in Europe, Germany, Austria, Spain, Indonesia, Cuba, photography and photojournalism.
Background: Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Damaso Reyes began his career as a stringer for the New York Amsterdam News where he was an intern and later served as Southeast Asia Bureau Chief from 2001 to 2003 reporting from Indonesia as that nation transitioned to democracy.
His images and articles have appeared in publications including: The Wall Street Journal, The New York Daily News, The Village Voice, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Miami Herald, New York, Vanity Fair Germany, World Policy Journal, Der Spiegel and Time Asia. Previous assignments and projects have taken him to countries including Rwanda, Iraq, Cuba, Indonesia, Tanzania and throughout the United States and Europe. His images are featured in the monograph Black: A Celebration of a Culture and the book Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers go to War.
Damaso is also the principal photographer of The Europeans, a long term photographic documentary project examining the changes that Europe and its people are experiencing as the European Union expands and continues to integrate.
Honors and Affiliations:
He is the recipient of several awards and fellowships including an Arthur F. Burns Fellowship and two first place awards for international reporting from the New York Association of Black Journalists. Reyes is also the recipient of a 2010 Ford Foundation Media and Journalism fellowship. He is a 2008 Fulbright scholar and the first to serve as an artist in residence in Vienna's Museums Quartier. He was also a visual arts fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany.
His photography has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally in Germany, Austria and Syria. Reyes is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Featured in the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts’ curatorial series “NEWSFEED: Anonymity and Social Media in African Revolutions and Beyond,” from October 18 to January 20, 2013.
"Living in the Shadows : Navigating Austria's Evolving Asylum Policy," World Policy Journal, Vol. 27, No. 4, Winter 2010.
Time Out Barcelona interviewed Damaso Reyes about his photo exhibition, "The Europeans, a Work in Progress," which explores the evolution of European identity and was on display in Barcelona in July, July 5 (also reviewed by La Vanguardia), July 8, 2012.
Exhibit his work "The Europeans" at Galeria Alex Telese in Barcelona, Spain from June 21 to July 18 , 2012.
The New York Times profiled Damaso Reyes and his photography project , “The Europeans”, which examines immigration and everyday life in Europe, May 14, 2012.
Europe's Closing Borders: A Political Salon Thursday, April 12, 2012.