Kitra Cahana has been the recipient of a World Press Photo award, a TED Fellowship and the ICP Infinity Award. Born in Miami but raised in Canada and Sweden, Kitra 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.

Kitra works as a freelance documentary photographer and videographer.
As a documentary photographer, she embeds herself in communities, often for months at a time. She has chronicled the daily lives of teens at a Texas high school, told the story of a Venezuelan cult, followed a group of nomadic youth across the United States. She is a contributing photographer to National Geographic Magazine.
As a fine art photographer and video artist, she focuses on the less explicable, often pushing the possibilities of the photographic medium.
Kitra is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a 2014 TED Fellowship, a 2014-2015 artist residency at Prim Centre, the 2013 International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award, First prize for the 2010 World Press Photo, a scholarship at FABRICA in Italy, the Thomas Morgan internship at the New York Times, two Canada Council Grants for the Visual Arts and more.


  • 2018

    • Canadian Screen Awards, Nomination, Best Photography, News and Information for 'Dancing Into The Light' with Ed Ou

  • 2016

    • TED Fellows Program, Senior Fellow

  • 2015

    • Pulitzer Centre Grant, Selected

    • FotoFusion Rising Star Award, Selected

    • Canada Council Grant for the Arts, Selected for visual art program grant

    • TED Fellows Program, Fellow

  • 2014

    • PRIM artist residence, Selected

    • TED Med Conference, San Francisco, Canada, Speaker

  • 2013

    • Canada Council Grant for the Arts, Selected for visual art program grant

    • International Center of Photography, Infinity Awards: Young Photographer

  • 2011

    • Joop Swart Masterclass Fellowship, Selected

  • 2010

    • World Press Award, 1st Place, international traveling exhibition

    • Magenta Flash Forward, Selected

  • 2007 - 08

    • Fabrica, Selected for residency