Photographer, California, USA.
Based in Vallejo, California, Carolyn Drake works on photo-based projects that live on the boundary of documentary and art. She spent many years working with Uighurs in western China on a body of work called Wild Pigeon, which was presented in a solo exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2018. Her book Knit Club, made with an inscrutable group of women in rural Mississippi, is available now through TBW Books. She has received a Guggenheim fellowship, a Fulbright fellowship, the Lange Taylor Prize, and a Peter S. Reed Foundation grant, and she is a member of Magnum Photos.
People, the natural world, and the human made world are intertwined
Caught up in systems
There are times when the future seems dire, when the ideal of a sustainable future is confronted by too many barriers to seem like a real possibility. We get caught up in the systems that differentiate and divide people and places.
I wanted to make a picture that gets rid of the categories for a moment and stands as a kind of monument or reminder that people, the natural world, and the human made world are intertwined.
We get caught up in the systems that differentiate and divide people and places.
Carolyn Drake explains her piece of art for The New Humanity project.
- Photographer: Carolyn Drake
- Agency: Magnum Photos
- Production: Magnum Photos
- Photographer Assistant: Andres Gonzalez
- Models: Amber Gavin, Vignesh Swaminathan