Alfredo Sosa


Alfredo Sosa is The Christian Science Monitor’s photography director. Born in Venezuela, he moved to California in the 1980s where he earned a BFA in photography. Subsequently, he received an MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design. He has lived with his family in the Ocean State since then.

He joined the Monitor in 1997 and heads a small team of Monitor photojournalists, but he also frequently heads into the field himself.  Some standout reporting trips abroad have taken him – and readers – to the Chilean desert, the Peruvian Andes, and Mexico’s pre-Columbian sites. But many of his favorite stories have been in the United States – to the top of a fire lookout tower in Montana, into the complex world of cattle rustling in the Oklahoma panhandle, and into a state-of-the-art forensic lab in Houston.

The irony of studying fine art and working as a journalist has not escaped him, but 25 years following journalistic ethics have basically wiped out any impulse to make things up. One thing that has remained constant is his desire to tell stories through the visual medium. This is what motivates, inspires, and keeps him coming to work bright and early.

Sosa has a passion for travel, food, and cycling. On a good day, he combines them all.

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