Photojournalist
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Bio/Contact

BORN: Christchurch, nz

Raised: San Diego, CA

Based: Brooklyn, NY

 Photo by  Hilary Swift

Photo by Hilary Swift

Phone: 760-533-9760
Email: samhodgsonphoto@gmail.com
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I’m a freelance photojournalist who specializes in investigations, documentary storytelling and daily assignment work. I’m currently based in New York City and am a regular contributor to The New York Times. I consider myself a “true believer.” I know that independent, intelligent journalism is imperative for a free society.

I try to leave a mark on every assignment I shoot not only through the photos I deliver but also through helping guide the reporting process to show the impact on real people. I work closely with reporters and editors to make sure that we deliver journalism that is groundbreaking and impactful.

I spent most of 2016 covering the presidential election for The New York Times, traveling to 20 states and more than 80 cities. I was embedded on and off for months with the Bernie Sanders campaign at the height of his rise and traveled extensively covering both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's bids for the White House. After Trump's election, I spent months covering the transition of power for the newspaper.

Before becoming a freelance photojournalist in 2011, I spent about five years working for the online, nonprofit news source Voice of San Diego. There, I was the sole staff photographer. I focused on documenting quality-of-life issues and underserved populations in San Diego.