Kirsten Elstner, Founder and Director
Kirsten Elstner is Director of VisionWorkshops and National Geographic Photo Camp, mentoring youth from diverse communities worldwide through photography and writing. Since 2001, Kirsten has led hundreds of programs in over 35 countries, encouraging young people to connect with one another, to imagine a more peaceful and tolerant world, and to be the authors of their own stories.
Kirsten is a National Geographic Explorer whose work has appeared in Time, Life, The New York Times, and O Globo Brazil. She was a photographer for The International Red Cross and Red Crescent in Bangladesh, and taught at the International Center for Photography, Goucher College, and the Massachusetts College of Art. Kirsten recently curated exhibitions highlighting Photo Camp’s mission at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway. Both featured the work of refugee youth, describing their hopes for the future.
Kirsten lives on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis, Maryland, with her husband and two sons.