Zana Briski

Film Director,

Zana Briski was born in London, England and lives in New York City. After earning a master’s degree in theology and religious studies at the University of Cambridge, she studied documentary photography at International Center of Photography in New York from 1990-91. In 1992, she won First Prize, an Eastman Kodak Grant, at the Eddie Adams Workshop. In 1995, she made her first trip to India, producing a story on female infanticide. Her work earned a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in 1997 and a National Press Photographers Association Picture of the Year Award. It also gained her admittance to the World Press Photo Foundation Master Class in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1996. In 1997, she returned to India and began her project on the prostitutes of Calcutta’s red light district. In 1998, she became a Light Work artist-in Residence. She was twice a finalist for the prestigious W. Eugene Smith annual Grant in Humanistic Photography in 1999 and 2000, and has received two fellowships: George Soros’ Open Society Institute Fellowship in 1999, and an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship in 2000. In 2000, she was also awarded a First Prize at the World Press Photo Foundation, and a Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. In 2000, she was awarded a special Editions Fellowship by the Lower East Side Print Shop to make a series of photogravures of her work from India. In 2001, she received the Howard Chapnick Grant for the Advancement of Photojournalism.
Since 2000, she has conducted a series of photographic workshops with children of prostitutes in the brothels of Calcutta. The photographs produced by the children were auctioned at Sotheby’s in New York in 2001 and presented in Amnesty International’s 2003 calendar. In 2002, Briski was awarded grants from the Sundance Institute, the Jerome Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts for her film work-in-progress, Born Into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids, a feature documentary about the children of Calcutta’s prostitutes. In 2002, Briski formed Kids With Cameras, a non-profit organization to empower marginalized children through learning the art of photography.
Zana Briski was born in London, England and lives in New York City. After earning a master’s degree in theology and religious studies at the University of Cambridge, she studied documentary photography at International Center of Photography in New York from 1990-91. In 1992, she won First Prize, an Eastman Kodak Grant, at the Eddie Adams Workshop. In 1995, she made her first trip to India, producing a story on female infanticide. Her work earned a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in 1997 and a National Press Photographers Association Picture of the Year Award. It also gained her admittance to the World Press Photo Foundation Master Class in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1996. In 1997, she returned to India and began her project on the prostitutes of Calcutta’s red light district. In 1998, she became a Light Work artist-in Residence. She was twice a finalist for the prestigious W. Eugene Smith annual Grant in Humanistic Photography in 1999 and 2000, and has received two fellowships: George Soros’ Open Society Institute Fellowship in 1999, and an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship in 2000. In 2000, she was also awarded a First Prize at the World Press Photo Foundation, and a Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. In 2000, she was awarded a special Editions Fellowship by the Lower East Side Print Shop to make a series of photogravures of her work from India. In 2001, she received the Howard Chapnick Grant for the Advancement of Photojournalism.
Since 2000, she has conducted a series of photographic workshops with children of prostitutes in the brothels of Calcutta. The photographs produced by the children were auctioned at Sotheby’s in New York in 2001 and presented in Amnesty International’s 2003 calendar. In 2002, Briski was awarded grants from the Sundance Institute, the Jerome Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts for her film work-in-progress, Born Into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids, a feature documentary about the children of Calcutta’s prostitutes. In 2002, Briski formed Kids With Cameras, a non-profit organization to empower marginalized children through learning the art of photography.
Zana Briski was born in London, England and lives in New York City. After earning a master’s degree in theology and religious studies at the University of Cambridge, she studied documentary photography at International Center of Photography in New York from 1990-91. In 1992, she won First Prize, an Eastman Kodak Grant, at the Eddie Adams Workshop. In 1995, she made her first trip to India, producing a story on female infanticide. Her work earned a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in 1997 and a National Press Photographers Association Picture of the Year Award. It also gained her admittance to the World Press Photo Foundation Master Class in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1996. In 1997, she returned to India and began her project on the prostitutes of Calcutta’s red light district. In 1998, she became a Light Work artist-in Residence. She was twice a finalist for the prestigious W. Eugene Smith annual Grant in Humanistic Photography in 1999 and 2000, and has received two fellowships: George Soros’ Open Society Institute Fellowship in 1999, and an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship in 2000. In 2000, she was also awarded a First Prize at the World Press Photo Foundation, and a Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. In 2000, she was awarded a special Editions Fellowship by the Lower East Side Print Shop to make a series of photogravures of her work from India. In 2001, she received the Howard Chapnick Grant for the Advancement of Photojournalism.
Since 2000, she has conducted a series of photographic workshops with children of prostitutes in the brothels of Calcutta. The photographs produced by the children were auctioned at Sotheby’s in New York in 2001 and presented in Amnesty International’s 2003 calendar. In 2002, Briski was awarded grants from the Sundance Institute, the Jerome Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts for her film work-in-progress, Born Into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids, a feature documentary about the children of Calcutta’s prostitutes. In 2002, Briski formed Kids With Cameras, a non-profit organization to empower marginalized children through learning the art of photography.
Zana Briski was born in London, England and lives in New York City. After earning a master’s degree in theology and religious studies at the University of Cambridge, she studied documentary photography at International Center of Photography in New York from 1990-91. In 1992, she won First Prize, an Eastman Kodak Grant, at the Eddie Adams Workshop. In 1995, she made her first trip to India, producing a story on female infanticide. Her work earned a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in 1997 and a National Press Photographers Association Picture of the Year Award. It also gained her admittance to the World Press Photo Foundation Master Class in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1996. In 1997, she returned to India and began her project on the prostitutes of Calcutta’s red light district. In 1998, she became a Light Work artist-in Residence. She was twice a finalist for the prestigious W. Eugene Smith annual Grant in Humanistic Photography in 1999 and 2000, and has received two fellowships: George Soros’ Open Society Institute Fellowship in 1999, and an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship in 2000. In 2000, she was also awarded a First Prize at the World Press Photo Foundation, and a Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. In 2000, she was awarded a special Editions Fellowship by the Lower East Side Print Shop to make a series of photogravures of her work from India. In 2001, she received the Howard Chapnick Grant for the Advancement of Photojournalism. Since 2000, she has conducted a series of photographic workshops with children of prostitutes in the brothels of Calcutta. The photographs produced by the children were auctioned at Sotheby’s in New York in 2001 and presented in Amnesty International’s 2003 calendar. In 2002, Briski was awarded grants from the Sundance Institute, the Jerome Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts for her film work-in-progress, Born Into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids, a feature documentary about the children of Calcutta’s prostitutes. In 2002, Briski formed Kids With Cameras, a non-profit organization to empower marginalized children through learning the art of photography.