David Frankham is an award-winning commercial and documentary director. In 2010, Frankham produced and directed the documentary film “Witness: Juarez.” The film follows conflict photographer Eros Hoagland as he covers the brutal drug war raging between Mexico and the cartels. “Witness: Juarez” went on to be shortlisted for the 2011 Academy Awards and was acquired by HBO as the pilot and basis for the documentary series “Witness.” The series was born out of Frankham’s belief that by following the experiences and struggles of war photographers who risk their lives in an attempt to reveal the truth, we would capture an honest, ground-level view of conflicts around the world, and the people affected, in a way that had not been seen before. The series, executive produced by Michael Mann and David Frankham, premiered on HBO in November. Frankham also directed three of the four films in the series — Juarez, Rio, and S. Sudan.
Eros Hoagland has worked as an independent photojournalist and documentary photographer since 1994. He has concentrated on the exploration of countries and peoples immersed in cycles of violence across the globe. Assignments and personal projects have taken him to El Salvador, Colombia, Iraq and Afghanistan. His current work centers around U.S.-Mexico border issues, particularly the effects and causes of organized crime in Mexico and throughout Latin America. As well as documenting the political climate and social impact of conflict, Hoagland looks for an emotional and visceral narrative when approaching reportage projects. Themes are just as important as issues in Hoagland’s photography. Subtleties are never overlooked as he conveys a feeling of place, character and a larger historical perspective to his viewers. Hoagland’s regular clients include The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, der Spiegel, and the Times of London. He was also featured in the 2012 HBO documentary series “Witness.” Hoagland is a California native who spends his free time surfing and diving the frigid waters of the Pacific Ocean.
Josiah Willow Hooper is a freelance producer, director and director of photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He produced segments for the HBO documentary series “Witness,” following war and conflict photographers in Brazil, Central African Republic, Libya, South Sudan and Uganda. His documentary Fruits of War, which follows four men who are deported to El Salvador and witness the birth of the gang epidemic in that country, was nominated for an Emmy award. His work for Frontline/World took him to Kenya with reporter Edwin Okong’o, part of the 2008 election website The World is Watching. The piece, entitled Sweet Home Obama, won the Webby’s People’s Choice Award. He lives in El Cerrito, California with his wife and two beautiful girls.
Ken Light is a social documentary photographer whose work has appeared in books, magazines, exhibitions and numerous anthologies, exhibition catalogues and a variety of media, digital and motion picture. He is the author of eight books, the most recent being Valley of Shadows & Dreams (Heyday Book) was published in 2012. This work was published in The New York Times, Newsweek/Daily Beast, N.Y. Review of Books, Huffington Post Voces and this work was exhibited in one person shows at the Oakland Museum of California, Umbrage Gallery, Arte Americas and S.E. Museum of Photography. Light is curator of the Center for Photography and a professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley.