Anne Sherwood is a freelance photojournalist based in Los Angeles, California and Bozeman, Montana. Covering stories that range from the civil war in Liberia to the bison cull in Yellowstone National Park, Sherwood has traveled to all 50 states, and more than 50 countries on six continents. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, National Geographic Adventure, and Smithsonian. Her corporate clients include Getty Images and Altria.
In 2003, Sherwood was awarded a prestigious Pew Fellowship in International Journalism, sending her on a long-term assignment to South Africa where she documented everyday life in a shantytown while staying with a family in their tin shack. Some of her other meaningful projects have included photographing the tsunami disaster in Sri Lanka; documenting the plight of AIDS orphans in Zambia; capturing the ski industry in Western Ukraine; recording the devastation of Hurricane Mitch in Honduras; and exploring ecotourism in Panama. Though she often documents human suffering around the globe, Sherwood considers herself a chronicler of hope.
A graduate of Princeton University—where she studied with fine art photographer Emmet Gowin and majored in Public and International Affairs—Sherwood began her journalism career at the 1994 Olympics. Following graduate school at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication, she shot more than 1000 assignments as a staff photographer for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, winning numerous National Press Photographer Association accolades, Society of Professional Journalists awards, and coveted spots in the 2000 and the 2007 Communication Arts Photo Annual. She devoted herself fulltime to her freelance career in 2000.
Although she’s never been known to turn down a plane ticket, Sherwood finds as much inspiration in her own backyard as she does on the other side of the planet. Some of her favorite experiences while on assignment in the West have been feeling the wind at her back while pedaling 800 miles on her bicycle; surviving an encounter with a charging herd of wild bison; and spending the night in the top of one of America’s giant sequoias. A few years ago she received the biggest assignment of her life when she gave birth to her son.