Monica Almeida is an independent photographer based in Los Angeles. Before going freelance, she served as a staff photographer for the New York Times for 24 years. As the sole Los Angeles bureau photographer, she covered major news events, politics, features and entertainment throughout the western U.S. She has photographed 20 Academy Awards ceremonies and has covered every presidential campaign since 1992.
Born in East Los Angeles, Almeida began her career as a photo intern and freelance photographer at the Los Angeles Times, where she was on a team of journalists that produced a Pulitzer Prize-winning series on Southern California’s Latino community. She moved to New York City in 1986 to work as a staff photographer at the New York Daily News and joined the staff of The New York Times in 1992. She was promoted to national photographer based in Los Angeles in 1997.
Almeida studied photojournalism at CSULB and fine art and documentary photography at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Her photographs have been published in several books, including Campaigns: A Century of Presidential Races, Requiem for the Heartland: The Oklahoma City Bombing, A Passage to Vietnam, A Day in the Life of Italy, and A Day in the Life of California.