Elizabeth Cheng Krist was a Senior Photo Editor with National Geographic magazine for over 20 years. Before that, she worked at Fortune magazine and at Asia magazine. She has also produced stories for Magnum Photos and for the travel quarterly Smithsonian Journeys. For the last ten years, she has helped to program the speakers for the National Geographic Photography Seminar. Elizabeth often travels to teach at workshops.

National Geographic‘s Women of Vision exhibition, which Elizabeth curated, traveled to 10 museums. She also edited the Women of Vision book, and the book Pope Francis and the Vatican. She once curated an online auction for Christie‘s. Elizabeth is currently working on a National Geographic book and exhibition on China.

Honors include awards from Pictures of the Year International, the Overseas Press Club, and Communication Arts. Elizabeth has reviewed portfolios at events sponsored by The New York Times, PhotoPlus, Blink, and the Palm Springs Photo Festival.

Elizabeth has taught for the International Center of Photography, the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, CUNY, Santa Fe Workshops, The Kalish, Mountain Workshops, and La Luz. She has juried competitions for The Fence, Pictures of the Year International, Getty Instagram, the Philip Jones Griffiths Foundation, 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. She advises the Eddie Adams Workshop and is on the board of Women Photograph.

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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