Meg Newman has had a circuitous route to the art of photography but has become happily entrenched in its glorious magnetic field once again. Photography anchored her through the complexities of growing up and as a 46 year old when spinal disease fundamentally changed how she moved and worked in the world. In the past she moved briskly, often gracefully, with a basketball or a bicycle to or from San Francisco General Hospital. These days are different and the changes have enhanced her ability to sit with the moment-to-moment changes in the light, a shifting of the clouds and the emergence of animals, to see just what happens. She used to think she had taken enough pictures of her backyard but now she knows that she has only scratched the surface of how many ways to see it’s vastness. Or as her friend and master photographer Carlos Acala said, “show me something I’ve seen before, only differently”. Meg Is committed to learning the craft of photography and writing and appreciates the transformative nature of both art forms. Landscapes are her current photograph focus.
Meg is self-taught in photography but well trained as a physician. She has spent close to 3 decades as a UCSF clinician-educator at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital in the Department of Medicine and Division of HIV, ID, and Global Health and the Ward 86 AIDS Clinic. She has been highly recognized and awarded many honors including the Sarlo Award, Role Model Award and Most Outstanding Clinician award from the UCSF Women in Medicine, and the Kaiser Teaching Award. In 2005, the Meg Newman Teaching Award was established in her honor and is awarded every January.
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