Betty Press has been photographing for the last 25 years. She grew up on a farm in Nebraska but left the Midwest to experience the world. Her photographic career really started when she moved to Africa in 1987. As a free lance photographer she quickly established connections with UNICEF, UNHCR, and other not profit organizations to photograph what was happening at that time. She also contributed to most major magazines and newspapers. In 1992 she had the honor of photographing Audrey Hepburn on her visit to Somalia as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
In 1995 she moved to Florida to start a new phase which included teaching photography at Stetson University. She started to show her African photographs which showed the more positive aspects of African society and culture. She also continued to photograph in Florida and the African diaspora in Cuba, the Caribbean and Central America.
Her photographs have been widely exhibited and collected around the world as well as being selected for many juried competitions. In 2011 she published her first award winning photobook I Am Because We Are: African Wisdom in Image and Proverb. She captured a stunning, life-affirming portrait of the African people and culture.
Her current project, Mississippi: The Place I Live, deals with being in Mississippi and trying to better understand the “place” where she now lives. She teaches at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. In 2012 she received the statewide award in photography from the Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters and in 2013 a Visual Artist Fellowship Grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission.
She is represented by Panos Pictures, London; Photographic Image Group, Portland, Oregon; International Visions Gallery, Washington, DC; Oddfellows Gallery, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Fischer Galleries, Jackson, Mississippi and One Off Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya.