Johnny Bivera is Executive Director and Producer of Visual Media One, a documentary and commercial multimedia production company based in Washington, D.C. He is a free lance photo journalist with over 20 years experience in visual communication and has captured in pages worldwide from everyday life to the hostilities of war. He currently documents news and media events for a variety of clients where his work has appeared in major newspapers, magazines and video documentaries. He’s been published in numerous books and has worked on projects for publishers Harper Collins and the National Geographic Society.
He is the founder of Shoot Off Visual Media Workshops, a not for profit program for military and civil service photographers where the best speakers, mentors, editors and judges from throughout the country volunteer for this prestigious event that aligns our service members with the National Press Corps, industry leaders and veteran military photographers. These workshops provide professional development in helping to fill training gaps for our service dedicated photographers throughout the year.
Bivera was an official videographer to President Bill Clinton, charged with documenting both official events and daily life occurrences. He traveled on Air Force One to cover notable and historic meetings of the President with King Hussein of Jordan, President Boris Yeltsin, President Nelson Mandela and American icons such as Rosa Parks and Muhammad Ali.
While in the U.S. Navy, he was the executive photographer to Chairman of the Joint Chief’s of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen and chief of Naval Operations Admiral Vern Clark. He covered combat and humanitarian missions to maritime operations like the Bosnia/Herzegovina conflict, the Israeli-Jordan Peace Treaty, Turkey’s tragic earthquake and the war in Afghanistan. As a combat photographer he was assigned to special missions and was video support to the anti-terrorism Naval Security Coordination Team (Red Cell).
Following retirement in 2006, he as traveled extensively to document places in Antarctica, Galapagos and Papua New Guinea. He is an education committee member of the White House News Photographers Association, The National Press Photographers Association’s Department of Defense Liaison, a member of the American Society of Media Photographers and past president of the National Association of Naval Photography. He has been personally profiled on PBS’s Jim Lehrer NewsHour, C-SPAN’s American Journal and NFL Film’s American Postcards.
Bivera lives in Washington, DC with his wife Kirsten, daughter Amelie and beagles Potus and Ollie.