Over the last 15 years, Dean Whitbeck has captured intimate stories about the dignity and courage found in marginalized communities. A San Francisco native, Dean received his graduate degree in Education from St. Mary’s College in California where he spent over 20 years working with inner-city students. He’s worked with schools throughout the country developing curriculum that uses student photography to develop literacy and critical thinking skills. He’s also a recipient of Yale University’s National Fellowship in Urban Education where his published writing and photos focused on the collaborative effect of visual media and storytelling for students in under-resourced communities.
Dean Whitbeck crafts strong visual identities for brands, companies, and nonprofits that humanize statistics and tell impactful stories. Recent clients and collaborations include the International Rescue Committee, ReEstablish Richmond, Jewish Federation (North America), United States Memorial Holocaust Museum, Richmond Symphony, Virginia Holocaust Museum. Recent portrait and editorial publications include Richmond Magazine, Virginia Living Magazine, Washington Life, Tablet Magazine. Portfolio projects include Faces Of Survival + The Survivors Project (Holocaust survivors and refugees), A Shared Humanity (students with special needs), Refugees: Yesterday and Today (global refugee community in the United States).
Dean, a communicator and storyteller, has been invited to be a speaker on creativity and leadership at universities and conferences throughout the country including University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Union University, Longwood University and the Collegiate School in Richmond, Virginia. His 2017 TEDx talk focused on 'seeing' the breadth of humanity that binds us rather than the social constructs that separate us.