Valérie Berta

Hi, I'm Valérie and I'm passionate about social justice, social documentary photography and journalism.

Born and raised in France, I studied for a Masters of Arts degree in English in Paris and later another one in Journalism at Mizzou. A naturalized American citizen, I take the promise and responsibilities of belonging to this country very seriously. That's why it is important to me to volunteer with organizations like Worley Street Roundtable. 

After graduating from Mizzou School of Journalism and establishing the Voices Photo Workshop for minority children, I worked around the world as a photojournalist and photo editor before running off with the circus, where I joined my husband, a performer from Peru. Back to Columbia since 2013, I have been working in communication while pursuing my photography career and volunteering my time as an activist.

In 2017 I founded the WE project, a series of portraits highlighting people who occupy marginalized identities and fostering intersectional dialogue to fight for equity and justice for all. Together with Voices, the WE project now fills my days, outside of my job as Outreach and Social Media Coordinator at FACE of Boone County, raising my two teenage boys and cultivating an urban organic garden and orchard in the heart of Columbia.

Giving back and fighting racism and discrimination are at the core of how I like to express my gratitude for the immense privileges and happiness this world has given me.