Maddie McGarvey is a documentary photographer based in Columbus, Ohio.  Her work often examines Appalachia, rural America, poverty, grief, resiliency, politics, and how policy directly affects those living in this country. She has spent over a decade documenting a grandmother raising her four grandchildren in Southeast Ohio, and takes special interest in long-form storytelling.

McGarvey holds a degree in photojournalism from Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times, TIME, The Washington Post, National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Magazine, among others. She has been recognized by Pictures of the Year International, Best of Photojournalism, and as one of TIME’s 51 Instagram Photographers to follow in the USA.

Phone: 614.284.5030


Selected Clients

The New York Times, National Geographic, TIME, The Washington Post, AARP, U.S. News & World Report, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, ESPN, FiveThirtyEight, The New Yorker, among others.



Freelance Photojournalist | 2013-Present
Staff Photographer | The Burlington Free Press | 2012-2013
Photo Intern | The San Francisco Chronicle | Summer 2011


B.A. in Photojournalism
Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication


TIME's Top 100 photos of 2023
Picture of The Year International | 2021 | Award of Excellence | Election
Picture of The Year International | 2019 | Third Place | Portrait
Picture of The Year International | 2017 | Second Place | Election
Best of Photojournalism | 2018 | Award of Excellence |Portrait
Getty Reportage Emerging Talent | 2015
The New York Portfolio Review | 2012, 2014
Magnum 30 Photographers Under 30
Eddie Adams Workshop | 2011
Joop Swart Masterclass Nominee | 2013
TIME Magazine 51 Instagram Photographers to follow
The Wall Street Journal Photo’s of the year | 2020
CNN Photo’s of the Year | 2021
TIME Magazine Best Portraits of the Year | 2019
TIME Magazine Best of Photojournalism | 2018
The Player’s Tribune 18 Best Photos from 2018

Working Together Workshop- a workshop about supporting female photographers, dealing with harassment and gendered risks in the field, and what men and women can do to make our industry a safer, more inclusive, and more fair place for everyone.
-Bronx Documentary Center
-Ohio University

-Story in the Public Square on PBS, Guest | 2018, 2021, 2022

-Columbus Society of Communicating Arts | Speaker

-Michigan Press Photographer’s Association | Speaker

-Ohio News Photographer's Association | Speaker

University Guest Lectures:

-Ball State University 

-Ohio University

-Kent State University

-The Ohio State University

-King's College

-New York University

Selected Interviews:

Reality Checks with Photojournalist Maddie McGarvey

A walk in Over-The-Rhine with Maddie McGarvey

For award-winning photographer, Instagram a godsend

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