Amy Toensing on Hunger in America: Iowa’s Breadbasket

I recently interviewed three photographers who covered hunger in America for the feature “The New Face of Hunger” in the August issue of National Geographic magazine. They explored what it looks like for individuals and families to be food insecure in urb

Amy Toensing traveled to Osage, Iowa, to photograph people who are classified as “food insecure”—meaning they need assistance, either from government programs and/or food banks to get the food they need. Toensing talks about some of her experiences in the featured video and the conversation below.

Amy Toensing on Going Outside the Comfort Zone

“When we look at images, we understand something about the world – but it’s always in the context of ourselves. It’s a universal language.” —Amy Toensing  Amy Toensing learned early on in her career that she was interested in telling stories of humanity.

“When we look at images, we understand something about the world. But it’s always in the context of ourselves—it’s a universal language.” —Amy Toensing 

Women on the Front Lines and Behind the Lens

While you can’t necessarily identify if an image was captured by a woman or a man, women still tend to be underrepresented in the photography world — and tend to face unique challenges.

“Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment,” an exhibition opening Thursday and on view through March 9, 2014. It features 10 other photographers — Lynsey Addario, Kitra Cahana, Jodi Cobb, Diane Cook, Carolyn Drake, Lynn Johnson, Beverly Joubert, Erika Larsen, Maggie Steber and Amy Toensing — who have been published by the magazine in the past decade.