Florence Middleton

Florence Middleton

Class of 2024

Florence Middleton is an Asian American photojournalist and documentary photographer focusing on the themes of women and community. Through her work, she hopes to share new perspectives and challenge assumptions. Florence has a decade-long background as an accomplished program manager executing international education and gender equity projects in South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Jordan, Cambodia, India, Laos, and Vietnam – in collaboration with local leaders and stakeholders. This experience has equipped her to skillfully navigate photo stories within a diversity of complex settings.

Florence is based in Oakland, CA and was born and raised in the Imperial Valley.


  • University of California, Berkeley
    Master of Journalism, 2024

  • Long-Term Project Development Alumni Workshop, 2021
    Instructors | Brian Frank, Sarah Blesener, Jenny Stratton

  • Long-Term Project Development Workshop, 2020
    Instructors | Brian Frank, Sarah Blesener, Jenny Stratton

  • Foundry Photojournalism Workshop, India, 2018
    Instructor | Maggie Steber

  • Foundry Photojournalism Workshop, Mexico, 2017
    Instructor | Andrea Bruce

  • University of California, San Diego
    B.A. International Studies, 2010


  • PHOTOS + WORDS | The Oaklandside, 16 Nov 2022. Oakland trees are dying faster than they can be planted, despite community efforts


  • PHOTOS + WORDS | Oakland North, 16 Nov 2022. Oakland is losing more trees than it is planting, leaving some neighborhoods more exposed to pollution


  • EDITOR | Oakland North, 8 Nov 2022. Oakland Election 2022


  • PHOTOS | The Oaklandside, 3 Nov 2022. One of Fruitvale’s only optometry practices faithfully serves its patients


  • PHOTOS + WORDS | Oakland North, 16 Oct 2022. “This country is really nice, but it has a price’: Fruitvale laborers take stage with stories of love, loss, longing


  • PHOTOS + WORDS | The Oaklandside, 4 Oct 2022. Queer Healing Art Center celebrates 1 year of ‘Oakland Art Battles’


  • PHOTOS + WORDS | Oakland North, 4 Oct 2022. On your mark. Get set. Paint!


  • PHOTOS | El Tecolote, 5 Aug 2022. 988 mental health hotline may be flawed, but it’s safer than calling 911



  • Diversify Photo Up Next | Summer Cohort 2022

  • AAJA | Asian American Journalists Association


Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities, Climate Change and Ocean Resources, Community-centered reporting, Criminal Justice, Decolonization, Public Education, Women's Rights/Health, racial and economic justice

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