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Becky Harlan

Becky Harlan is a video producer at NPR. In this role, she makes videos for things like "Maddie About Science"; explainers covering everything from the impact of green roofs in New York City to food deserts in Washington, D.C.; and interview-based videos that create space for individuals to share their own experience on topics like treaty relations between the U.S. and Native Nations, American Sign Language, menstruation, and childbirth with complications.

Before she came to NPR in 2016, Harlan was an associate photo editor at National Geographic, where she worked as an editor and writer for its photography blog and contributed to the food blog, science blog, and photo community "Your Shot" as a producer and picture editor. She also worked as the video intern for NPR Music in the fall of 2013, where she filmed and edited videos for Tiny Desk Concerts and field recordings, and as a graduate intern at the Smithsonian American Art Museum where she made trailers for exhibitions and edited artist interviews.

Harlan has taught photography courses at the New York State Summer School of the Arts, Sitar Arts Center, and the Corcoran College of Art and Design. She has an MA in New Media Photojournalism from the Corcoran College of Art and Design and a BA in Art History from Furman University.

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Volcanoes have been crucial to life on earth. Oozing lava helped form our planet's land masses. Gases from volcanoes helped create our atmosphere.

Using fluorescent body paint and ultraviolet light, photographer Mikael Owunna's latest work aims to transform the black body into "the cosmos and eternal." The images evoke celestial beings, magical and otherworldly.

But the concept for the project, Infinite Essence, was sparked by frustration and exhaustion.

In a particularly difficult season of depression, photography was one of the tools Tara Wray used to cope.

"Just forcing myself to get out of my head and using the camera to do that is, in a way, a therapeutic tool," says Wray, a photographer and filmmaker based in central Vermont. "It's like exercise: You don't want to do it, you have to make yourself do it, and you feel better after you do."

In 2016, photographer Joy Sharon Yi began taking the Metro to Barry Farm, a large public housing complex in Southeast Washington, D.C., built in 1943 on the first city settlement where African-Americans could buy property and build homes after the Civil War.