Unlike after any other visit overseas, I vividly recall the days following my trip back from Afghanistan. Everywhere I went, the people I passed on the streets of Philadelphia, in their cars, on the trains, I saw the faces of the Afghan people: children, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters. When looking through the lens of a camera, you're ever so present to the details of ones face: the smirks, smiles and frowns; the wisdom and age that accompany the sun-baked wrinkles, and the depth of sorrow, joy, uncertainty, curiosity and oneness in the eyes.
People have often asked me if I feel a bit detached from the moment when shooting behind my lens... read more
In 1984, Linda Panetta started her Cabrini education with only the vaguest of ideas of what she wanted to do with her life. Four years later, she graduated with a goal of uncovering the truth about victims of war, poverty, and injustice throughout the world. Today, as a world-traveling photojournalist and human rights activist, she continues to pursue that goal... continue reading more
is a photojournalist whose documentary work has focused on cultural, environmental and human rights. Since 1988 Linda’s work has taken her to Iraq (2004 / 2003), Afghanistan (2002), Palestine / Israel (2008 / 2006), Guatemala, Nicaragua (late 1980's - 2007); El Salvador (1996 - 2009) Mexico (Chiapas & Oaxaca), Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Panama, Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba and Colombia (Putumayo, Barranca, Choco...).
Linda is the founder of Optical Realities Photography (2001 – present); founder of the grassroots human rights organization SOA Watch/NE (1996); the Jean Donovan Community Peace Center (1999), and the Mariposa Outreach Project (2002), a mentoring program that supports survivors of torture and their families.
Linda is the producer and director of the award winning documentary "An Insider Speaks Out!", which highlights human rights issues throughout Latin America with a focus on the School of the Americas
Linda's photos have been widely published in books, magazines, and newspapers and have aired on several networks. Her photos have been exhibited throughout the US, Canada and in Europe. Exhibits and lectures by Panetta focus on the environmental and human cost of war.
Linda currently works at Cabrini College (Radnor, PA). She teaches courses in photojournalism and a socio-economics course that includes outreach with mentally ill homeless men and women in two Philadelphia shelters.
A partial list of forums Linda has presented at include:
Yale University, NYU, Fordham University, University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Loyola University (New Orleans), Smith College, Bowling Green State University, George School, Villanova University, Swarthmore College, Cabrini College, Byrn Mawr College, St. John's University, La Salle University, University of New Mexico, Springfield University, Smith College, Eastern University, Chestnut Hill College, St. Peters College, Furman University, University of St. Thomas, College of Saint Benedict, Rosemont College, Kutz Elementary School, Lenape Middle School, St. Bonaventure University, St. Louis University HS, Akiba Hebrew Academy, University of Waterloo (Ontario), University of Toronto, Associazione Centro Di Accoglienza E Promozione Culturale (Italy). Conferences: Sabeel, Call to Action, Veterans for Peace…
Partial list of Publications:
Adbusters, America Magazine, Amnesty International Publications, Catholic New Times, Inc., Chicago Sun, Company Magazine, Conscious Choice, Friends Journal, Maryknoll Magazine, Revista Magazine, North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA), National Catholic Reporter (regular contributor), Philadelphia City Paper, Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia Inquirer, Sing Out!, Sojourners Magazine, St. Anthony Messenger, The Catholic Standard & Times, The Nation, The Progressive, The Riverdale Press, Turning Wheel: The Journal of Socially Engaged Buddhism, Friends of the Earth International (Netherlands).
Book Contributions (partial list):
> "Mothers in Arms." Salvadoran women share their stories as former combatants and talk about their lives today as a politician, human rights advocate, hammock maker, healthcare worker, leader of a women’s cattle cooperative, ex-comandante entrepreneur, and mother...
> A Persistent Peace: One Man’s Struggle for a Nonviolent World. Loyola Press.
> … Clashing Views on Latin American Issues: Plan Colombia… Plan of Death. McGraw-Hill
> Political Geography. World-Economy, Nation-State and Locality. Prentice Hall.
> Living Justice & Peace. St. Mary’s Press.
> Love in Action… R.K. Taylor Publishing.
> Cultural Anthropology, 1/ce (College Textbook). Thomson Nelson Learning
> War in Colombia, Made in the U.S.A. IAC, NY
> Jesus for President. Zondervan Press.
> The Global & the Intimate: Women’s Studies Quarterly.
> Santa Claus in Baghdad: Stories About Teens in the Arab World. Indiana Univ. Press.
CBS 3, Philadelphia (Mar 14, 2009) Featured story about Fr. McNamee.
CBS & NBC Nightly News, Philadelphia. Slide show of photos from Iraq
Voyageurs TV - Uruguay
Feminist International Radio Endeavour (FIRE) - Website Publication: “Women & War in Colombia: None of the Women Make the War, but they All Live it.”
Amnesty International Conference, Czech Republic
Countless websites around the world.
Additional Projects (partial list):
Against the Odds. Making a Difference in Global Health. National Library of Medicine. Educational Photo Exhibit “A revolution in global health is taking place in villages and towns around the world. Communities, in collaboration with scientists, advocates, governments, and international organizations are taking up the challenge to prevent disease and improve quality of life…” www.getinvolved.against-the-odds.org/
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) - “Dreams & Nightmares: Life and Death in Iraq.” Nine foot banners using photos taken in Iraq (2003) is part of a traveling outdoor exhibit/ memorial to highlight the affects of war and occupation. These images accompany AFSC's widely acclaimed Eyes Wide Open exhibit of combat boots and civilian shoes, commemorating all U.S. and Iraqi deaths in the war.
United Church of Christ, Santa Cruz, CA: 16 selected photos of women and children from throughout Haiti, Latin America and the Middle East were used to create larger than life-sized banners (dimensions: roughly 4 x 8 feet) which have been on display in the community center at the FCC congregation in Santa Cruz.