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I'm interested in exploring the mystery of what it means to be a human being, more than any other thing.

 

I was born in Maryland in 1993 and raised in California. I'm an American author. My work has focused on stories around disability. I suffered a spinal cord injury at the L-1 level and was diagnosed with incomplete paraplegia on June 21, 2016.

In 2019, I received an M.A. in Experimental Humanities and Social Engagement from NYU, where I focused on human rights, writing and photography. In 2015, I received a B.A in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach.

 

I'm a Magnum Foundation Fellow in the Photography and Social Justice program. I was a VII Photo Mentor Program Photographer from 2019-2021. I've spoken about my work on NY1, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the University of Texas. I was awarded first prize in the Getty Images Creative Bursary in 2019. 

 

I've published stories with New Mobility,  The New York Times Lens Blog  and The New York Times Exposures, and with various other international outlets and clients.

 

Currently, I'm based in Long Beach, California. I teach photography at Los Angeles City College in East Hollywood.

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Teaching

Los Angeles City College, Adjunct Faculty, Visual and Media Arts

Education

- New York University, 2019, M.A. Experimental Humanities and Social

Thought

- California State University Long Beach, 2015, B.A. Creative Writing

 

Awards, Publications, Exhibitions and Events

2022

- San Francisco Common Wealth Club: The Art of Disability Culture

   Lecture

-Bicycle Film Festival, NYC, Official Cinematic Short Selection, "Rumbling"

2021

- Bronx Documentary Center, Women's Film Series: Crip Camp,

Moderator

- George Washington University, Visiting Artist, Lecture

- University Austin Texas, Visiting Artist, Lecture

-  Sleeper Studios, A New Nothing No. 2, Group Photobook , Single Image

"Restless"

-  Worthless Studios, FREE FILM : USA, Group Photobook, Single Image

"Baltimore"

- VII Photo Agency, “Nolan Ryan Trowe in Conversation with Ashley

Gilbertson”, Presentation

- Verizon Communications, “Covid 19 and Social Isolation”, Panelist

- The Lucie Foundation, The Portrait Award, Finalist

2020

- The Magnum Foundation, Photography and Social Justice Program Fellowship

- Verizon Media, Keynote Presenter “Behind the Lens: Documenting

Disability During Crisis.”

- New Mobility Magazine, “The Work of Nolan Ryan Trowe.”

- The Creative Review Magazine, “Making Sense of Life with Nolan Ryan

Trowe.”

2019

- Getty Images Creative Bursary, Disability Stories, First Prize

- Philadelphia Museum of Art, Keynote Presenter, “The Irma and

Herbert Barness Endowed Lecture: City Beautiful.”

- “SOME PEOPLE” (Every)Body”, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago : Group

Show

- Founded @Everydaydisabled (an officially recognized by “Everyday

Everywhere”affiliated page)

- VII Photo Agency, Mentor Program Photographer

- The New York Times Lens Blog, “Disability Didn’t End Their Athletic

Dreams. It Started Them.”

2018

- The New York Times Op-Ed Exposures, “Revelations in a Wheelchair.”

- The New York Times Lens Blog, “It Was Like My Disability Became a

Gift.”

- “This-Ability”, El Barrio’s Art Space P.S. 109 Harlem, New York : Group

Show

- Eddie Adams Workshop XXXI

- New York Times Portfolio Review