Amalia Mayita Mendez is a professional photographer based in New York City. She was the first female staff photographer for El Diario/La Prensa and later was on staff for the daily New York City based newspaper Newsday. She went on to recieve a Presidential Scholarship at the Rhode Island School of Design where she received her MFA.
Her most recent project involves working closely in El Salvador with SQ Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on providing the means to bring shelter, clean water, food, medicine, clothing, education and more to people and animals in need around the world.
Her work has been recognized by the New York Newspaper Publisher's Association, the Newswomen's Club of New York, and the National Association of Hispanic Publications. In 2001 she was featured in Photo Disctrict News Magazine's 30 under 30 as a young photographer to watch. She was also invited to participate in the Eddie Adam's Workshop. Her short film on a camp for inner city children which she co-directed and produced was selected for the Independent Film Project film festival.
Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Mother Jones Magazine, New York Magazine, Photo District News Magazine, City Limits Magazine, Newsday, The Daily News, El Diario/La Prensa, The Village Voice.
She has also been a visiting artist at Nassua Community College, the Columbia School of Journalism, the Missouri School of Journalism and the International Center for Photography.
Amalia Mayita was born in San Salvador, El Salvador and has lived in New York City for most of her life. For the last 10 years she has studied with healer and philanthropist Derek O'Neill and his organization SQ-Worldwide. She recently returned from a 3 month meditation retreat at Creacon Lodge, Derek's center in Wexford, Ireland. Her greatest joy is using the tools she has been given to be of service to others and helping people see their own light. She LOVES taking photographs!