Lauren Steel is a Visuals Consultant for photographers, brands, media, agencies, foundations and nonprofits to craft authentic visual narratives. She co-founded The Visual Thinking Collective and is currently a contract photo editor with The New York Times.

Previously she worked at Getty Images for 15 years and co-founded a subsidiary of the company, The Verbatim Agency. Lauren was a part of the rebranding and start of Getty Images Reportage where she also started the Emerging Talent program. She still mentors photographers in her free time and is faculty on the Eddie Adams Workshop and Syracuse Fall Workshop.

She has been involved in the photojournalism community for over 20 years working with some of the greatest award winning photographers in their field. These collaborations have produced exhibits, photo-books and campaigns worldwide. She has guest lectured at ICP, SVA, and Columbia.

Her career started in the editorial world after college when she worked at LIFE magazine as the photo and art assistant. From there she started doing photo research and continued to work on their special book projects including The New York Times Best Seller “One Nation”.

She currently lives in Brooklyn.