Elizabeth Cheng Krist was a Senior Photo Editor with National Geographic magazine for over 20 years, and is a founding member of the Visual Thinking Collective. She is on the boards of Women Photograph and the W. Eugene Smith Fund, helps program National Geographic’s Storytellers Summit, and advises the Eddie Adams Workshop.

Last year Elizabeth curated A Mother’s Eye for Photoville and CatchLight. She has also curated a number of exhibitions for National Geographic, including Women of Vision, which traveled to 10 museums, plus an exhibition on China and an online auction for Christie's. Elizabeth edited the Women of Vision book, and the book Pope Francis and the Vatican.

She edits stories for Literary Hub and The 400 Years Project. She has also produced stories for Magnum Photos and for the travel quarterly Smithsonian Journeys. Earlier she worked at Fortune and at Asia.

In 2021 Elizabeth received the John Durniak Mentor Award from the National Press Photographers Association for serving as an outstanding mentor for photojournalists. Her other honors include awards from Pictures of the Year International, the Overseas Press Club, and Communication Arts. Elizabeth has reviewed portfolios for the New York Portfolio Review (coordinated by The New York Times, Photoville, and CUNY), the Eddie Adams Workshop, SDN, PhotoPlus, and the Palm Springs Photo Festival.

Elizabeth has taught for the International Center of Photography, Leica, the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, CUNY, Santa Fe Workshops, The Kalish, Mountain Workshops, and La Luz. She has juried competitions for CatchLight, the Lit List, The FENCE, Pictures of the Year International, Getty/Instagram, the Philip Jones Griffiths Foundation, Best of Photojournalism, the Ian Parry Scholarship, and the RFK Journalism Awards.

With photographer Lynn Johnson, Elizabeth organized the first Women Focus event at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of Pictures of the Year International.

Elizabeth is based in metropolitan New York (i.e., New Jersey, the sixth borough!).

PARTNERS AND CLIENTS: National Geographic Society, Eddie Adams Workshop, International Center for Photography, La Luz, Women Photograph


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Working closely with photographers and designers on over 100 stories at National Geographic magazine nurtured my deep love of collaboration on visual projects. I also have a keen interest in working with photographers and other visual artists to organize and refine their archives.



Women of Vision gave me the opportunity to curate an exhibition of 100 images, plus a book, highlighting the work of 11 National Geographic photographers. The exhibition traveled to 10 museums and several festivals. I’m intrigued by how the immersive experience of an exhibition is its own form of narrative.



For 10 years I’ve helped program the National Geographic Photography Seminar, brainstorming with colleagues to bring together a lively mix of talent that draws overflow audiences every year. I enjoy recruiting and booking speakers, and coordinating the logistics needed to create a fun and compelling live event.


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