Jo Ann Santangelo is an award winning multimedia photographer and visual storyteller based in Austin, TX whose work focuses on putting a face to and giving a voice to hidden and marginalized communities.
Jo Ann attended the International Center of Photography’s documentary photography and photojournalism program. There, she was awarded The New York Times Foundation Scholarship and interned with her mentor, photojournalist Eugene Richards.
She have documented a range of subjects from gay veterans who served under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’, transgender sex workers in NYC’s West Village to people living with HIV/AIDS in Austin, Texas. Last year she made my first short film, Within 100 Miles, that told the story of four central Texas sustainable farming families.
Jo Ann is currently editing her second short film focusing on children with Dup15q syndrome.
If she wasn't making pictures and telling stories, Jo Ann would be in a restaurant kitchen cooking, perhaps someday she will again. For now she loves being the family cook.
Jo Ann's work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Guardian, Mother Jones, Texas Observer, The Advocate, Food & Wine, Edible Austin and in numerous international publications; exhibited in galleries in New York, California, Massachusetts, Texas, Arizona, Connecticut and Oregon.
For more information on Jo's work, portrait commissions, collaborations, assignments, license an image for publication or to purchase a print, feel free to get in touch.