Cahana


B.1987
Based in Montreal

Kitra Cahana (b.1987) is a documentary photographer, filmmaker and TED speaker. Her work explores important social, anthropological and spiritual themes. Born in Miami but raised in Canada and Sweden, Cahana earned her B.A. in philosophy from McGill University and her M.A. in visual and media anthropology from the Freie Universitat in Berlin. She is a contributing photographer to National Geographic Magazine.

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Kitra is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including two Canada Council Grants for the Visual Arts, a TED Senior Fellowship, a Canadian screen award, a Pulitzer Center for Investigative Reporting grant, a 2013 International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award, first prize for the 2010 World Press Photo, a scholarship at FABRICA in Italy and the Thomas Morgan internship at the New York Times.

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Selected works

American Teen

American Teen

Kitra Cahana

Shot over four months in Austin Texas, I photographed the everyday lives of teenagers for the National Geographic Magazine cover story "Teenage Brains - Moody. Impulsive. Maddening. Why do teenagers act the way they do? Viewed through the eyes of evolution, their most exasperating traits may be the key to success as adults." Maneuvering through…

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Nomadic America

Nomadic America

The movement of human beings across the American landscape has been an enduring and central theme of American national iconography since the inception of the country. Movement can be found…

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Multimedia

Dancing Towards the Light

Dancing Towards the Light

In a town that has lost so many of its young people to suicide, dance has become a positive force of hope and healing.
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Caring For Tor

Caring For Tor

Stephane Alexis, 24, has put his own goals and aspirations on hold to help his parents care for his younger brother Torence, who has cerebral palsy. Young caregivers are an often-overlooked population.
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