Shannon Elder is a writer, editor, designer, and curator with a focus on art and social justice.

Since 2018 she has overseen documentary photography projects as Managing Editor & Designer at Native Agency, an organization diversifying the journalism industry. She is a writer for Texas AFT, a union fighting for effective public education policy in the US.

A 2021 Migration Narratives Project Grantee, she is producing a photo essay that seeks to defy cultural norms of assimilation in the US by expanding what it means to migrate while protecting personal identity.

A Curatorial Leader (aka FRIEND) of Future Front Texas, an organization amplifying women and nonbinary creatives, she contributes support to their art market and festival.


She received her BA in Cultural Studies & Creative Non-Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago in 2017. Her thesis examined colonial issues in photography and the importance of ethical visual storytelling as a tool of disruption. 

Her work has been featured in Almost Real Things Magazine, FOTODEMICCHIP FOTO Magazine, and POLITICO Magazine. She has contributed to discussions at various photography and film events. 

Catch her making collages and eating tacos in Austin, Texas.

email | shannonraynae@gmail.com

linkedin | @shannonrgelder

instagram | @shannon.raynae