Pamela Chen: Selecting Images that Tell a Story

“I love talking to people; I love hearing their stories; I love documenting things; and I love collecting these little details about life.”

The daughter of a college mathematics professor, Pamela Chen was a math major until a single photograph changed her life forever. That simple image, of two college classmates skateboarding on the quad, made Pamela realize that “photography was a way that you could see the world differently than what you were seeing with your own eyes.” Now, as the Senior Photo Editor at National Geographic, Pamela sorts through as many as 60,000 photographs for each feature story, following the photographer’s every step and distilling their epic journeys for publication in the storied magazine.

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