April 7, 2020 – Programs: Being a NASA Photographer with Aubrey Gemignani

Aubrey Gemignani is a Documentary, Reportage, and Event Photographer. She is currently a full-time photographer and photo archivist at NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) in Washington, DC., where she has had the opportunity to photograph a diverse range of events at the White House, the Vice President’s residence, Capitol Hill, Kennedy Space Center, Wallops Flight Facility, and the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan (to cover manned launches to the International Space Station).
Her documentary and reportage work has been distributed worldwide through news and photo agencies such as Associated Press, AFP, Reuters, National Geographic Online and Getty Images. Publications highlighting her work include Esquire, The Washington Post, New York Times, NPR, Photographer’s Forum, Popular Photography, Pastry Art and Design, and the Falls Church News Press.
Some clients include NASA, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Cue Recording Studio, Sodexo, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), Hope for a Healthier Humanity (HHH), International Relief and Development (IRD), and The National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians (NCAPIP).

Assignments and her love of travel has taken her to many countries including Vietnam, Cambodia, Pakistan, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Russia, Mexico, Dubai, and Italy.

Aubrey holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Photography from Virginia Commonwealth University located in Richmond, VA. She also completed a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from George Washington University.
She is a native of the Washington D.C. area.
Description of presentation: I plan to discuss and show some work from the past (approximately) 5 years of covering the space program for NASA including launches, landings, the Obama and Trump administrations, astronaut tours/talks, and the rise of the commercial space programs. Most of my work is photojournalistic for NASA and I will touch on the transition to working in a more high speed, news oriented position, versus the freelance portrait and event photography that I was used to. If there are specific topics that you would like me to cover, please let me know prior to the presentation and I’ll make an effort to address them.

A Soyuz booster rocket launches the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, Baikonur time, carrying Expedition 58 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos, Flight Engineer Anne McClain of NASA, and Flight Engineer David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) into orbit to begin their six and a half month mission on the International Space Station. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

A horse drawn caisson carries former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn to his final resting place during the interment ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday, April 6, 2017 in Virginia. Glenn was the first American to orbit Earth on Feb. 20, 1962, in a five-hour flight aboard the Friendship 7 spacecraft. In 1998, he broke another record by returning to space at the age of 77 on the Space Shuttle Discovery. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

The Soyuz MS-04 rocket launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday, April 20, 2017 Baikonur time carrying Expedition 51 Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer of NASA into orbit to begin their four and a half month mission on the International Space Station. (Photo Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

President Donald Trump, center, signs an Executive Order to reestablish the National Space Council, alongside members of the Congress, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Commercial Space Companies in the Roosevelt room of the White House in Washington, Friday, June 30, 2017. Vice President Mike Pence, also in attendance, will chair the council. Also pictured are retired NASA astronaut David Wolf, left, NASA Astronaut Alvin Drew, second from right, and retired NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin, right. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

A total solar eclipse is seen on Monday, August 21, 2017 above Madras, Oregon. A total solar eclipse swept across a narrow portion of the contiguous United States from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. A partial solar eclipse was visible across the entire North American continent along with parts of South America, Africa, and Europe. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

Expedition 58 Flight Engineer David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), top, Flight Engineer Anne McClain of NASA, center, and Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos, bottom, wave farewell prior to boarding the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft for launch, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Kononenko. McClain, and Saint-Jacques will spend the next six and a half months onboard the International Space Station. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

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