Kitra Cahana travelled to the suburbs of Houston, Texas, to photograph people who get by with the assistance of food pantries—meaning they often don’t have enough food, or don’t have a enough nutritious food to keep them healthy. She talks about some of her experiences in the featured video and the conversation below.
Women on the Front Lines and Behind the Lens
While you can’t necessarily identify if an image was captured by a woman or a man, women still tend to be underrepresented in the photography world — and tend to face unique challenges.
“Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment,” an exhibition opening Thursday and on view through March 9, 2014. It features 10 other photographers — Lynsey Addario, Kitra Cahana, Jodi Cobb, Diane Cook, Carolyn Drake, Lynn Johnson, Beverly Joubert, Erika Larsen, Maggie Steber and Amy Toensing — who have been published by the magazine in the past decade.
Blurring the line between subjects and friends, Kitra Cahana captures a rare level of intimacy with her subjects. As a documentary photographer, her images explore anthropological, social and spiritual themes through a human perspective.
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Kitra Cahana’s photographs have received notable recognition, appearing on the front page of the New York Times and winning first place in the 2010 World Press awards. Earlier this year, she was named a TED Fellow. And tonight at ICP, she will be honored with the 2013 Infinity Award for Young Photographer — Cahana is just 25 years old.
Cornell Capa Lifetime Achievement: David Goldblatt ICP Trustees Award: Pat Schoenfeld Young Photographer: Kitra Cahana Art: Mishka Henner Publication: Cristina de Middel, “The Afronauts” Photojournalism: David Guttenfelder Applied/Fashion/Advertising: Erik Madigan Heck