Sean Rayford is a freelance photojournalist and commercial photographer based in Columbia, SC. He is a 2001 graduate of the University of South Carolina and Jasper Magazine’s 2017 Visual Artist of the Year. Recipient of the 2016 Best Photo Story award from the South Carolina Press Association and named by Time Magazine as one of 50 must follow Instagram users for 2016, Rayford uses the platform to focus on visual storytelling in the South. A former bartender at a live music venue for over a decade, Rayford now freelances for Getty Images, The New York Times. The Associated Press and the Wall Street Journal.