Stephanie Freid-Perenchio

Humanitarian Documentary Photographer

Stephanie Freid-Perenchio is a documentary photographer whose work has appeared in Newsweek, Time Magazine, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Foreign Policy, Huffington Post, and NPR’s website.

As creator, photographer, and co-author of the book SEAL: The Unspoken Sacrifice, Stephanie earned the trust of U.S. NAVY SEALs and their families to achieve an extraordinary level of intimacy and insight into a world normally cloaked in secrecy and masculinity. In 2014, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library in Chicago invited Stephanie to exhibit her SEAL photographs in the first-ever US Navy SEAL photography exhibition.

Stephanie’s photography has been inspired by her commitment to humanitarian causes. Traveling the unbeaten path—from Afghanistan and North Korea to Haiti, Cuba, and many countries in Africa—Stephanie has documented the realities of life in war-torn or developing nations. As a photographer with access to places that many people will never see, Stephanie bears witness to the truths in those countries.

Stephanie’s interest in advancing global awareness and justice led to the founding of two Sun Valley-based think tanks: the Sun Valley Global Affairs Forum on International Policy and Women Under the Radar, an organization working to increase awareness about the injustices facing women and children around the world. Stephanie is also the co-director of The Family of Woman Film Festival, a festival that encourages communities to think globally and act locally to improve the lives of women and children around the world. Based in Sun Valley, Idaho, the Festival’s success has sparked satellite festivals in Chicago, New York, and Minneapolis.

Stephanie serves on a number of national and international boards and advisory committees.