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Glenna Gordon is a documentary photographer and photojournalist. She's been commissioned by the New York Times Magazine, Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, and many other outlets. She was the recipient of a World Press Award in 2015, and selected other awards include the LensCulture Grand Prize for Visual Storytelling, PX3 First Prize for Portraiture, the PDN Annual's Project Award and Book Award, and American Photo 30, 31 and 32. She is also an Adjunct Professor at The New School in New York. 

Time's Lightbox described Glenna’s photographs as “powerful images of significance, humanity and loss,” and Teju Cole said her approach was “unusually lyrical” in the New Yorker. BuzzFeed included her on their list of "12 Kick-ass Women Photojournalists to Follow on Instagram," and she's been included on similar lists by Mashable and Huffington Post. 

Her book DIAGRAM OF THE HEART was released by Red Hook Editions in February 2016 and was chosed by the New York Times Magazine, Pictures of the Year Internaitonal (POYi) and PDN's Photo Annual as a photobook of the year. The work was included in “Moving Walls 23: Journeys,” a documentary photography exhibition at Open Society, as well as at the Museum of Contemprary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) in Brooklyn, New York, and in several other shows. 

In her work, she aims to find the unexplored and seldom mentioned, and to understand the scale of our world through seeking out its edges. 

She also enjoys long distance running, dancing hard, and making elaborate breakfasts.  




b. 1981 

Graduated magna cum laude from UC Berkeley 2003 

Masters in print journalism from Columbia in 2006 


2017 PDN's Photo Annual, Personal Project of the Year 

2016 American Photography 32  

2016 POYi, Finalist for Photobook of the Year 

2016 Athens Photo Festival, Finalist  

2016 PDN's Photo Annual, Photobook of the Year 

2015 World Press, Second Prize for News Series 

2015 Aftermath Project, Finalist 

2015 Social Documentary Network, Honorable Mention 

2015 American Photography 31 

2015 Flash Forward 15 

2015 Prix Pictet, Finalist  

2014 Lens Culture, Grand Prize  

2013 PX3, First place in Portraiture 

2013 Communication Arts 

2013 American Photography 30 

2013 Flash Forward 14 

2013 Sony World Photography Awards, Shortlist 

2013 FotoweekDC, Third Place  

2013 International Photography Awards, Third Place Winner 

2013 Flash Forward 13 

2013 PDN Annual’s Project Award 

2012 Critical Mass, Photo Lucida, Finalist  

2012 Flash Forward 12, Honorable Mention  

2012 International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention  

2011 FotoWeekDC, Second Place 


2017 New School Faculty Development Grant 

2017 Economic Hardship Reporting Project 

2017 Pulitzer Center Grant, Nigeria  

2016 Festival PhotoReporter Grant, Indonesia  

2012 African Artists Foundation Residency, Nigeria 

2009 Pulitzer Center Grant, Liberia  


2017 Half King Photo Series, Presented by LightField, New York  

2016 Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, New York 

2016 Festival Photo Reporter, Saint-Brieuc, France 

2015 Moving Walls, Open Society, New York 

2015 Photoville, Brooklyn, New York 

2015 World Press Photo Exhibition, Traveling exhibit to over 100 cities 

2014 Renaissance Photography, Getty Images Gallery in London 

2014 Look Between, Screening in Charlottesville, VA 

2014 Invisible Migrations, Alice Austen Museum, Staten Island, New York 

2014 Sony World Photography Awards, Somerset House, London  

2013 The New Show, Faculty Exhibit at the New School, New York 

2013 Lagos Photo Festival, Exhibit at EkoGallery in Lagos, Nigeria  

2014 Everyday Africa, Group show at Lincoln Center, New York  

2013 Cape Town Photo Slideshow, Cape Town, South Africa  

2013 Thin Line Between Love and Hate, United Photo Industries, New York 

2012 Traces, Projection at the Bursa Photography Festival, Turkey  

2012 Open Show, Half King 

2012 In the Zone, Dart Society at CPW25, New York 

2010 Human Kind, PowerHouse Gallery, New York Photo Festival, New York 

2009 Harper, Liberia, Creative Visions Exhibit, Culturefix, New York