I am a conceptual documentary artist who returned to visual expression after a 12-year career as a civil-rights lawyer. My work illuminates invisible systems through still and moving images along with testimony and archival materials.
I studied photography at RISD while completing a degree in Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. After working for photographers Mary Ellen Mark and Sylvia Plachy, as an AP stringer, and as an investigator for the federal public defender's office, I attended Harvard Law School and practiced as an attorney for more than a decade, also training as a mediator. Exhaustive research and negotiation were critical to my advocacy and remain integral to my work as an artist.
Recent honors include being named a nominee for the Prix Élysée, the Swiss prize for mid-career photographers, and a finalist for the 2023 Aesthetica Art Prize; a NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Photography; a Leica Women Foto Project Award; a Harpo Foundation Visual Artist Grant; and a Speranza Foundation Lincoln City Fellowship.
Necessary Fictions (Radius Books), my 2020 book on the staging and performance of American power in immersive, realistic military wargames, was shortlisted for the Rencontres de la Photographie d'Arles Photo-Text Book Award. I have adapted two case studies from Necessary Fictions into short found-footage pieces. Both Pineland/Hollywood (10'36") and Jade Helm (14'30") are screening at film festivals. My first book, Welcome to Camp America: Inside Guantánamo Bay (Radius), was named among 2017's 10 best by Teju Cole in the New York Times Magazine and shortlisted for the Paris Photo-Aperture First PhotoBook Prize, Arles Photo-Text Book Award and Alice Award, among other accolades.
I exhibit and lecture around the world. I'm an ICP adjunct, independent consultant, and serve on the Women Photograph Board of Directors as well as the CASE Art Fund Advisory Board.
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