Ahndraya Parlato was born in Kailua, Hawaii in 1979. In 2002 she received a B.A. from Bard College, where she majored in photography; and in 2005 she received an M.F.A. from California College of the Arts. Her work consists of large-format, color photographs that explore the ambiguous nature of reality, often revealing the uncanny or magical in everyday life. Her work has been shown, among other places, in The Helsinki Biennale, the International Fashion and Photography Festival in Hyéres, France, and at 9W Gallery in New York City. Her work was also included in the Humble Arts Show 31 Under 31: Women in Art Photography, as well as in Never Been to Tehran, which showed consecutively in eight countries around the world.
This year she was the recipient of a Light Work grant, and last year, she was a nominee for the Paul Huff Award from the FOAM Museum in Amsterdam. Her work has been published in a number of books, including New American Landscapes, Smoke Bath, and a Collector’s Guide to Photography. Her work has also been published in Nylon, Wallpaper, and in Untitled Magazine.
In 2008, she created and curated ArtForObama.net, a show/fundraiser that included the work of over 60 photographers, including Richard Misrach, Katy Grannan, Philip-Lorca DiCorcia and Wolfgang Tillmans. The show was the single biggest art-auction fundraiser that year for the Obama campaign.