2013 Recipient for Young Photographer: Kitra Cahana
Kitra Cahana is a documentary and fine art photographer whose work explores important social, anthropological, and spiritual themes. Born in Miami, but raised in Canada and Sweden, Kitra earned her BA in Philosophy from McGill University and her MA in Visual and Media Anthropology from the Freie Universitat in Berlin.
As a documentary photographer, Kitra embeds herself in communities around the globe, often for years at a time, in order to learn the language of her subjects. She has chronicled the daily lives of teens at a Texas high school, told the story of a Venezuelan cult, followed a group of nomadic youth across the United States, bringing images to the covers of National Geographic and The New York Times.
As a fine art photographer, Kitra focuses on the less explicable, often pushing the possibilities of the photographic medium. Her work in this genre deals with themes of the body and spirituality, a topic she took on following her father's stroke, which led him to become a quadriplegic.
Kitra is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a 2013 TED fellowship, a first prize for the 2010 World Press Photo, a scholarship at the Benetton research communication center in Italy, the Thomas Morgan internship at The New York Times, and many more.