We like rough light.
Because that means where we are standing (or crouching) isn’t staged or often seen by the rest of the world. Inside refugee tents, squats and shanties, housing projects and other overlooked places where people still hope and work towards a kinder future. When the light is poor or harsh, it’s often coming from a soiled window or bare LED bulb and we have 2 choices - either spend precious moments focused on our equipment or spend the time making a stronger personal connection with the person living there. We strive to show people who happen to live with poor illumination in their best personal light – with courage, beauty, dignity and hope – whatever their circumstances. We work to raise awareness of issues, people, and ideas that warrant attention and, hopefully, reach people, organizations, and perhaps nations who can help. Being welcomed into a stranger’s home with our cameras implies their trust that we will show them truthfully to the world – not better nor worse than their reality dictates. It’s our duty to the broader world to show what we see in a true and accurate light.
Daniel Farber Huang and Theresa Menders
The Official (i.e., Boring) Description
Daniel Farber Huang and Theresa Menders have collaborated successfully on numerous documentary photography projects over the last 20 years.
Huang+Menders' collaborative work as documentary photographers is included in the permanent collections of numerous fine art museums and historic institutions across the US, including the International Center of Photography, the New York Historical Society, the Museum of the City of New York, Museum of Chinese in America, the New York City Fire Museum, the Smithsonian and other cultural institutions.
Their photography has been exhibited by several museums including the New York Historical Society, Museum of Chinese in America, and group shows including the Museum of Modern Art, Here is New York and traveling exhibitions across the US.
Daniel and Theresa have collaborated on a broad range of issues, with a long-term focus on women’s and children’s issues and the alleviation of poverty locally and around the world. They have covered these and other current topics in the Republic of Vanuatu, Haiti, Colombia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, India, China, and Greece. Their current work is heavily focused on the Global Refugee Crisis.
Daniel and Theresa are Brand Ambassadors for Op/Tech USA camera systems. With 30,000 followers across social media, Daniel and Theresa are considered influencers in their field. The team is based out of Princeton, NJ with assignments around the globe.
EXHIBITIONS and PRESENTATIONS
• Princeton University – “Working with Vulnerable Individuals” presentation, 2018
• Displaced Lives: The Threat of Violence for Refugee, Displaced and Conflict Affected Women, (New Brunswick, NJ) Rutgers University conference, gallery exhibit, 2018.
• Johnson & Johnson, “Innovate, Advocate, Integrate - Navigating shifting landscapes using 360-degree thinking, strategy and action plans”, 2018, presentation.
• Middle East Institute (Washington, DC), “New Beginnings”, 2017 Photo Contest, Honorable Mention.
• TEDxWilmington (Wilmington, DE), “The Power of Faces: Looking at the Global Refugee Crisis” TEDx Talk, 2017. [Click here for link]
• TEDxRutgers (New Brunswick, NJ), Global Refugee Crisis gallery exhibit and TEDx Talk, 2017. [Click here for link]
• PVDFest Arts Festival (Providence, RI), Outdoor visual art installations – acrylic on canvas, 2017.
• The Explorers Club, Female Chiefs of Maewo Expedition, Instagram Takeover, 2017.
• World Maker Faire (New York, NY), New York Hall of Science, Winner - Make Magazine Editors’ Choice Awards, 2016 and 2017.
• Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), Life of the City, Photographs, 2002.
• Museum of the City of New York (New York, NY), Virtual Union Square, Photographs, 2002.
• New York City Fire Museum (New York, NY), 9/11 Memorial Room, Photographs, 2002.
• Museum of Chinese in America (New York, NY), Recovering Chinatown: the 9/11 Collection, Photographs, 2002.
• Trinity Wall Street (New York, NY), Out of the Dust Exhibit, Photographs, 2002 – 2005.
• The September 11 Photo Project (national and international exhibitions), Photographs, 2001 – 2003.
• Here is New York (national and international exhibitions), Photographs, 2001 – 2002.
WORK INCLUDED IN THE PERMANENT COLLECTIONS
OF MUSEUMS AND HISTORICAL INSTITUTIONS
• The International Center of Photography
• The New York Historical Society
• Museum of the City of New York • New York City Fire Museum
• Museum of Chinese in the Americas
• School of Visual Arts Archives – Here is New York Collection
• New York Public Library – September 11 Photo Project – Bearing Witness
• The Library of Congress – The September 11 Digital Archive
DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECTS
• Power of Faces: Looking at the Global Refugee Crisis. 2017 - present
• Global Refugee Crisis – View from the Souda Refugee Camp, Greece. 2017
• Urban India – India. 2017
• Female Chiefs of Maewo Expedition – Republic of Vanuatu. 2016
• Invasion Neighborhoods – Colombia. 2016
• Abandoned and Forgotten - United States. 2014 - 2015
• Haiti Reconstruction - Haiti. 2014
• Hurricane Sandy Recovery - New York, New York. 2012
• Chinese Orphanage - Changsha, China. 2011
• Occupy Wall Street - New York, New York. 2011
• Medical Technology - Princeton, New Jersey. 2004 - 2010
• NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. 2004
• Missing and Loved: Messages from 9/11 - New York, New York. 2001 - 2002
• Rebuilding the City after 9/11 - New York, New York. 2001 – 2005
• HOME Series – People around the world inside their homes. Ongoing
PUBLISHED PHOTOGRAPHIC WORKS
• Our photographic and video work related to the Global Refugee Crisis has been featured in numerous articles and online galleries for a variety of media outlets, 2017.
• Asia Pacific Journal of Research, June 2017. The Female Chiefs of Vanuatu.
• Island Life Magazine, January 2017. The Search for the Elusive Female Chiefs of Vanuatu.
• The Explorers Log, The Explorers Club ǀ World Center for Exploration. Multiple issues.
• New York 400: A Visual History of America's Greatest City with Images from The Museum of the City of New York. Running Press, 2009.
• Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital - Report to the Community, 2005. Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
• PHOTO Magazine (France) – Multiple issues in 2003. Concours Amateurs, GRAPHICS article, featured.
• Out of the Dust - The Timeline. St. Paul's Chapel. 2003.
PUBLISHED EDITORIAL WORK
• Tanna Island Kastom Law -3rd Edition. Chief Tom Numake. Daniel Farber Huang and Theresa Menders – Editors to the 3rd Edition. 2016.
• OP/TECH USA - Brand Ambassadors
• The Explorers Club – Dedicated to the advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore. National Fellow – Theresa Menders. National Member – Daniel Farber Huang.
• Court Appointed Special Advocate – Mercer County, New Jersey, Theresa Menders.
• American Corporate Partners – Business and career mentor to US Veterans, 2011 – 2014.
EDUCATION – Theresa Menders
• George Washington University, Milken Institute - School of Public Health Washington, DC MPH degree in Global Health candidate. Expected completion 2020.
• The University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School Philadelphia, PA MBA degree with a dual major in Finance and Management. Director’s List.
• The Johns Hopkins University, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies Washington, DC MA degree with major in Latin American Studies and International Economics.
• Dartmouth College Hanover, NH BA degree with major in Mathematics with a concentration in Economics. Magna cum Laude.
EDUCATION – Daniel Farber Huang
• Harvard University Cambridge, MA MA degree in Journalism candidate. Expected completion 2020.
• University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School Philadelphia, PA MBA degree in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management.
• New York University, College of Arts and Science New York, NY BA degree in Economics.