Andrea Ellen Reed is a multimedia artist that specializes in still photography, film directing, and soundscapes. Her work seeks to advance the multifaceted narratives that make the vibrant and resilient African American community thrive. Andrea began shooting reportage during her undergraduate studies at Howard University.  She continued her artistic studies at the Academy of Art University where she received her MFA in Photography. Her unique vision for combining photographic stills and soundscapes in projects like The Streets Are Talkin’ blend a traditional medium with first person narratives that results in poignant and reflective exploration of the fight for racial equity. Andrea’s soulful storytelling is even more apparent in her film work as she delicately crafts narratives of which her subjects are the narrator. Her work as a photographic artist has championed the voices of BIPOC people in publications and organizations like the New York Times, the National Geographic Society, Vanity Fair, the Star Tribune, ESPN, the NCAA, The MN Historical Society, W Magazine, The United Way, Dove and more. Andrea’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and has been awarded with the Tim Hetherington Visionary Award for excellence in film.

All Stories by Andrea Ellen Reed

March 4, 2023

Curry aims to break glass ceiling in men's basketball

U.S. Virgin Island’s men’s basketball team head coach has advice for women who want to blaze their own trails: Stop asking for permission.

January 1, 2023

Golfer works to broaden her sport’s reach

Mackenzie Mack is bringing golf to a wider range of youth, particularly those who are socioeconomically disadvantaged.

March 10, 2021

Dinner table becomes a bridge to cultural understanding

Parisa Parnian, a queer, first-generation Iranian-American immigrant and multi-faceted creative, makes traditional Persian cuisine while building community through food.

February 8, 2021

NCAA ruling could benefit UConn player, female athletes

Paige Bueckers built her career and social media presence while playing in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Proposed NCAA changes could allow her and athletes like her to profit from allowing use of their names and images, which would be especially significant for female athletes.

January 27, 2021

Stage manager Salima Seale: Representation is important

Salima Seale, a freelance stage manager based in the Twin Cities, believes in the power of story to represent human experience. Often the only person of color working backstage, she is one of those working behind the curtains to bring stories to life.