About the Show

Around the Lens is a weekly, roundtable, visual journalism show that began life as an audio-only podcast Nov. 10, 2015, and since become a live-streaming show that appears on both YouTube and as a podcast. Each week visual journalists from throughout the industry come together to discuss news, topics and gear related to or career field. Visual journalism, as we define it, encompasses both photojournalism and documentary filmmaking, and the people who appear as panelists on our show currently do or have represented one or both of those career fields in their professional career or personal lives.

We don’t exclude talk of more general topics related to the world of photography or filmmaking, but they aren’t the focus. If you are looking for a more general interest show there are many to choose from, one of the best is This Week in Photography.

David J. Murphy – Host

David J. Murphy

David J. Murphy is a photojournalist and filmmaker who currently live near Biloxi, Miss. He began his career in 1999 after he joined the U.S. Marine Corps as a combat photojournalist. After leaving the Marine Corps he moved to New York City and worked as a freelance photojournalist. He later joined the U.S. Air National Guard and worked at F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach, N.Y., as their visual information manager, photojournalist and broadcaster. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in photojournalism from Syracuse University, David joined the U.S. Air Force where he currently works as a public affairs officer.

Contact: djmphoto@gmail.com

Zach D. Roberts – Co-Host

u376052651-o799265154-54Zach D. Roberts is a photo/video journalist whose work has been published in the Observer, The Guardian Online, TheNation.com, Al Jazeera America, Gawker and Newsweek.

He is a photojournalist that splits his time between Upstate NY and Alaska. He is in Upstate New York a lot more than he’d like to be but, it’s closer to where the action is. For the past 10 years he’s been on the trail covering social movements, investigating election theft and corporate crime – usually with 2 Nikons in tow. He’s been to Ferguson, Euromaidan, No NATO, OWS and at two different Trump rallies. He was beaten and trampled at Occupy, arrested there too. Had guns pointed at him in Ferguson and fed the best borscht on the planet by Ukrainians in Kiev.

Contact: zdroberts@gmail.com

Ron Hamilton – Co-Host

Ron Hamilton is a broadcast journalist with Eagle News International and currently lives in Hawaii. He is a regular contributor to the show and provides a unique angle and insight to the world of visual journalism with his rye sense of off-beat humor. Ron is also a former Marine, so he has that going for him to. Hoo rah!

Contact: ronaldhamilton@gmail.com

Travis Keyes – Co-Host

Travis is a portrait, fashion, event and social media branding photographer. In addition to being the newest co-host on AtL he is an officer on the board and NY Chapter rep for the American Photographic Artists and a Sony shooter.

Having forged his path into the world of photography after a career in nightlife and entertainment, Travis brings a sharp and unique aesthetic to his work. Discovering a new sense of happiness and fulfillment in his career, he founded Travis W. Keyes Photography  and EventsOne photography in 2014. He has been focused on growing his business, craft and client list ever since. With a quick look at his work (a who’s who in fashion and celebrities), one can see why he is always in high demand.

Contact: twk@traviswkeyes.com

Evelyn Hockstein – Co-Host

Evelyn joined us in 2019 as the first female co-host of Around the Lens. She first appeared on episode 113 and discussed her work overseas. She is a Washington D.C.-based freelance photojournalist who primarily cover the beltway area politics. Besides being an award-winning photojournalist she was also a vice president of the Women Photojournalists of Washington.

Evelyn is a globe trotter as well, having worked in more than 70 countries. Her work with non-profits and major news papers has garnered her numerous Picture of the Year awards and a Pulitzer Prize nomination. Click to see more in Evelyn’s archive. Read her recent op-ed published in The Guardian.

Contact: ehockstein@hotmail.com