Stephanie Mitchell is the Assistant Director of Photography at Harvard University where she has been since 1999. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Stephanie came to New England to study at Wellesley College. She received her B.A. with honors from Wellesley, studied photography at the Salt Center for Documentary Field Studies in Portland, Maine, attended the Eddie Adams Workshop in upstate New York, and earned her master’s degree in Studio Arts and Film from the Harvard Extension School where her thesis on Iranian film won the Annamae and Allan R. Crite Prize.
In the course of her work at Harvard, she has traveled on assignment to Chile, China, Germany, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Palestine, Singapore, and Vietnam, photographed six presidents of Harvard, countless professors, staff, and students within the Harvard community, and documented numerous notable figures during their visits to Harvard, including Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Malala Yousafzai.
In 2011, she was the recipient of the first Harvard Public Affairs & Communications Award for Excellence and Innovation, and in 2019, she was named a Harvard Hero, a staff recognition award that celebrates extraordinary “above and beyond” contributions to the University.
Her photographs have been selected for exhibitions curated by the National Press Photographers Association and the Cambridge Art Association, awarded recognition from the Boston Press Photographers Association Pictures of the Year Contest, and appeared in publications throughout New England and beyond, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, CNN, Guardian, Irish Times, Der Spiegel, and Time Magazine.
Stephanie lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and two children.