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Zana Briski became a photographer at the age of nine, the moment she entered her cousin’s makeshift darkroom and saw the magical process of images appearing on blank paper. She graduated from the University of Cambridge and moved to New York City, where she attended the International Center of Photography.

Zana first traveled to India in 1995 to document the lives of women. Her work on female infanticide earned a NYFA Fellowship and a NPPA Picture of the Year Award. In 1997, she discovered Calcutta’s red-light district and spent months at a time living in a brothel, photographing the women and later teaching their children photography. In 2001, she picked up a video camera for the first time.

Her resulting film, Born into Brothels, won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Documentary, an Emmy and 35 other awards. She received fellowships from the Open Society Institute, the Alicia Patterson Foundation and the Flying Elephants Foundation and the Lucie Humanitarian Award, a first prize from the World Press Photo Foundation, a Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize and the Howard Chapnick Grant for the Advancement of Photojournalism.

In 2002, Zana founded Kids with Cameras. She published a book of the children’s photographs, Kids with Cameras, and self-published a collector’s edition of her own photographs, Brothel.

Zana’s current project Reverence, is a migrating museum with photographs, film and music. Reverence celebrates our intrinsic connection with the insect world and inspires us to find a more harmonious way to live on the earth.