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Isadora Kosofsky is a documentary photographer, visual anthropologist and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She began photographing at the age of 14. At the age of 16, she completed a photo reportage in a Romanian youth prison, becoming the youngest journalist to ever work in a penal setting. She takes an immersive approach to photojournalism, spending months and years imbedded in the lives of her subjects. For her, the relationships formed with the subjects are tantamount to the image-making. Her area of focus is American social issues, looking at the intersection of personal and political conflicts. She works on a range of subject matters, including disability rights, mass incarceration, gender violences, senior citizen rights, immigration, documenting from an interpersonal, humanistic stance. Her method is to become a part of the group she is shadowing, so as to study communities as an occupant rather than a visitor.
She has contributed to the NY Times, TIME, the New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Paris Match, The London Sunday Times, Stern, Slate, Internazionale, and many others. She is the recipient of the 2012 Inge Morath Award from the Magnum Foundation for her multi-series work on the aged. She was nominated for a 2016 Lead Award (German Pulitzer) for her long-term documentary about a senior citizen love triangle. She was a participant in the 2014 Joop Swart Masterclass of World Press Photo. She is the recipient of a 2017 Getty Instagram Grant. Her work has received distinctions from Flash Forward Magenta Foundation, Ian Parry Foundation, Social Documentary Network, IAFOR, Women in Photography International, Prix de la Photographie Paris, The New York Photo Festival and others. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and can be found in Family Photography Now (Thames and Hudson, 2016), a photographic anthology, and in Public Private Portraiture from Mossless. She is the recipient a of 2017 Getty Images Instagram Grant for her coverage of marginalized communities in the US.
In addition, she is a teacher and has lectured at the National Geographic Seminar, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the National Conference on Crime and Delinquency, and has instructed high school students on topics related to the language of empathy, working intimately with subjects, and trauma studies; she is an instructor in critical visual journalism with the Connected Academy, sponsored by the World Press Photo Foundation. She holds a B.A. in Gender Studies from University of California Los Angeles. She is a recipient of a 2018 Grant from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting for her ongoing work on girl survivors of trauma. Isadora is a TED Fellow.
Available for assignments in the US and around the world.
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