Ariel Zambelich is a freelance photojournalist and the Senior Photo Editor for The Intercept, based in New York City. A Los Angeles native, she graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in journalism. She attended the Eddie Adams Workshop in 2008, was nominated for World Press Photo’s Joop Swart Masterclass in 2009, received an honorable mention in Magenta's Flash Forward in 2010, and attended the Kalish Workshop for photo editing in 2012.

Her photography clients include the New York Times + NY Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Huck Magazine (UK), WIRED + WIRED Japan, Bloomberg Businessweek, the Nobel Foundation, the Atlantic, NatureBridge, California Sunday Magazine, the Harvard Business Review, Etiqueta Negra, M le magazine du Monde, and The FADER. She has also done freelance editing work for the Matte agency, Buzzfeed News, Outside Magazine, and AARP.

She was most recently the Supervising Editor of Photography + Art Director for NPR Visuals, and previously a photo editor for WIRED. She also spent several years co-directing a documentary photography gallery in San Francisco.

Ariel is a proud member of the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Press Photographers Association, and the American Society of Media Photographers. She is a board member with Authority Collective, and a general member of Diversify.Photo, organizations that focus on amplifying the voices of female-identifying and minority photographers and visual journalists.

She is available for freelance work throughout NYC and the greater United States.


Current location: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK 

ariel.zambelich@gmail.com  |  @azambelich