Kerry Payne Stailey

2015 Moving Image Photographer of the Year

Kerry Payne Stailey is an Australian photographer based in New York City. She is drawn to the healing power of photography. For her, intimate visual storytelling is a means to sharing the powerful alchemy that is ‘hurting, to healing, to helping.’

Her current project, “The Children (I Never Had)” pays tribute to the bloody emotional battle of hope and loss, played out month after month, behind doors, by millions of women worldwide in their fruitless quest to become mothers.

Her life-­‐term project “Left Behind” probes the complicated grief facing those left behind when somebody they love dies by suicide. Kerry lost her father to suicide in 2001, and photography became the tool she uses to process her loss.

She and her photographer husband have been jointly documenting their love affair since the day they met. “Instant Love Story” began as a respite to Kerry’s emotionally challenging projects dealing with suicide and infertility and it has become a sweet daily reminder of the beauty this life can offer.

Kerry has studied photography, documentary filmmaking and writing at the International Center for Photography, School of Visual Arts and New York University. Her photography has been published and exhibited internationally. A partial list of publications, both solo and group, includes Marie Claire (Italy and Brazil), Esquire, The Sydney Morning Herald, Revista Photo Magazine (Brazil), ProPhoto (Australia), Time Lightbox, New York Times Lensblog, The Huffington Post and Burn Magazine, among others.

Her project ‘Left Behind’ was exhibited on billboards throughout Sydney, Australia, and via a solo show and reception at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC. “Instant Love Story” was exhibited at the Center for Photography, Woodstock in “The Space Between”, showcasing contemporary smartphone photographers and Kerry has participated in photography related panel discussions with Aperture and the New School in NYC, and at Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University.

Her nonprofit clients include The United Nations Foundation, where she is a Senior Fellow of #instacorp, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She is a partner in the initiative 1in20, providing a platform for people living with mental illness, and their caregivers, to share their experiences through the art of visual storytelling.

Kerry is also co-­‐founder of Principa, a consulting network delivering business development technology, marketing strategy and profit boosting tools to small and mid-­‐sized businesses worldwide. In this capacity she has advised several of today’s most influential and respected photographers and agencies on social media marketing, strategy and positioning.

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