Jo Ann Santangelo is a multimedia photographer and documentarian based in Austin, TX, who specializes in long-term, in-depth documentary projects. Her works explores issues of discrimination, sexual identity 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 has 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.  Jo Ann has made two short films, Within 100 Miles, that told the story of four central Texas sustainable farming families and her most recent short film, Believe focusing on children with Dup15q syndrome.

If she wasn't making pictures and telling stories, you would probably find her in a restaurant kitchen, perhaps someday you will again. For now Jo Ann loves being the family cook.

Her work has appeared in Texas Monthly, 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, Michigan, Texas, Arizona, Connecticut and Oregon.

Non profit clients include; AIDS Services of Austin, The Sustainable Food Center, Dup15q Alliance, Neighborworks America, Teach for America and The Texas Jail Project.

Featured on Feature Shoot, aCurator, Dosier Journal, Self-Publish Be Happy and Candid Frame

For more information on Jo's work, portrait commissions, collaborations, assignments, to license an image for publication or to purchase a print, feel free to get in touch

Portrait by Sahara Borja, Bed Stuy Brooklyn, 2009 

Back in 2008 when Jo Ann was a pedicab driving photographer, she was the subject of a Things that Click, short documentary film by two UT documentary film students.

Directed by Katy Stafford

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