Zana Briski is an Academy Award-winning director and artist who transports us to unseen worlds through photography, film and design.
Led by passion and intuition, Zana has travelled to over 75 countries. She spent ten years on her project in the brothels of Calcutta where she photographed, filmed and taught photography to the children of prostitutes. Her film BORN INTO BROTHELS, won an Academy Award, an Emmy and 30 other awards. She founded KIDS WITH CAMERAS, a non-profit organization which strives to transform the lives of marginalized children through learning the art of photography.
Zana’s deepest love is the earth and her creatures. Following a dream of a praying mantis, Zana has spent the past ten years photographing and filming insects in the wild. REVERENCE, a traveling exhibit of large-scale photographs, a film and music, inspires wonder and awe by bringing us face to face with insects as individual sentient beings. REVERENCE will travel to city parks around the world, encouraging us to find a more harmonious way to live on the earth.
Zana splits her time between New York City and camping alone in wild places.