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Carr Distinguished Interdisciplinary Lecture Series

Carr Distinguished Interdisciplinary Lecture Series PresentsArtists eyes



A Screening of  Born into Brothels, winner of an Academy Award for Best Documentary Film, and discusion with director

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 7:00 P.M.
Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall

**Reception and DVD/Book signing to follow**

Zana Briski, Founder of Kids with Cameras 

ZanaZana Briski knew she wanted to be a photographer at the age of 10, when she entered her cousin's makeshift darkroom and saw the magical process of images appearing on blank paper. She completed her formal education at the University of Cambridge, leaving behind her passion for biology, because she could no longer bring herself to participate in the torture of laboratory animals. Instead, she earned a master's degree in theology and religious studies, before relocating to New York City, where she attended the International Center of Photography.

Zana first traveled to India with her camera in 1995. Moved by the women she encountered, she began to document the harsh physical and social realities of their lives. Her work on female infanticide earned a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a National Press Photographers Association Picture of the Year Award. In 1997 she discovered Calcutta's red-light district and spent months living in a brothel, photographing the women and eventually teaching their children photography. In 2001, she picked up a video camera for the first time.

Her resulting film, Born into Brothels, won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, along with an Emmy and 35 other awards. She has received numerous awards for her photography including the Lucie Humanitarian Award, a first prize from the World Press Photo Foundation, a Dorothea Lange - Paul Taylor Prize and the Howard Chapnick Grant for the Advancement of Photojournalism. Her fellowships include those from the Open Society Institute, the Alicia Patterson Foundation and the Flying Elephants Foundation. 

In 2002, Zana founded Kids with Cameras, a non-profit organization to empower marginalized children around the world through learning the art of photography. She published a book of the children's photographs, Kids with Cameras, and self-published a collector's edition of her own photographs, Brothel.

Inspired by intense dreams of a praying mantis, Zana has embarked on a new odyssey, traveling the world and camping in wild places in search of insects. Reverence is a migrating museum with photographic works, film and music, created in the exquisite shape of a praying mantis egg pod. Reverence explores and celebrates our intrinsic connection with the insect world and inspires us to find a more harmonious way to live on the earth.

Opening December 21, 2012 in New York City.