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.
Led by passion and intuition, she travels the world and photographs what she sees. What she sees is often a world that society ignores and fears. Her Academy Award-winning documentary film Born into Brothels brought much-deserved attention to the artistic work of children of prostitutes, but it is her own black-and-white photographs of brothel life in her book Brothel that captivate.
Zana’s belief in the power of art to transform lives led her to found Kids with Cameras, a non-profit organization that teaches the art of photography to marginalized children around the world.
With REVERENCE, Zana returns to her first and true love ‒ animals and the natural world. Informed by the same extraordinary craft and unending patience that characterizes her previous work, Zana collaborates with living insects in the wild, taking their portraits in photographs and film. “When I have eye contact with an insect, I am in a state of awe and wonder. It is this I want to transmit through my images.”