Over the years I have focused my documentary work on topics ranging from a design and business after-school program for Durham high school students, to my own Lebanese-American family, to music therapy for individuals with dementia.
My background is in still photography. I have a journalism degree from James Madison University and a Certificate in Documentary Studies from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Inspired by changes in the field, I earned a Master of Arts in New Media Photojournalism from the Corcoran College of Art + Design, during which I also studied video. Since graduate school, I work in both still photography and multimedia.
My thesis project for the Corcoran College of Art + Design is a multimedia piece looking at how music therapy and other music activities are applied for people with Alzheimer’s-related dementia (and may be seen at www.rockitout-documentary.com).
My thesis project led to my current documentary project. I am looking at what happens with language in dementia for people who immigrated when they were much younger. I am interested in whether people are more likely to respond to their first or second language, even if they have been speaking their second language for a long time and especially if it is not so obvious which language is used more. I am interested in learning if this varies depending on the type and stage of dementia.
I am based in the Washington, DC area and am available for freelance work locally and out-of-town.
All content © Amy Joseph 2015