Katie Orlinsky YG12

  • Current Location: New York, USA

Katie Orlinsky is a photographer from New York City. She received a Bachelors degree in Political Science and Latin American Studies from Colorado College and a Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University. Katie’s long-held interest in international politics and a desire to raise awareness on social issues originally led her to photography, and after college she moved to Mexico where she got her start as a photographer. Since then Katie has photographed assignments and personal projects all over the world. Katie is currently a contributor with Reportage by Getty Images. She regularly works for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Le Monde and a variety of international magazines and non-profit organizations. In April 2013 Katie was selected as one of the PDN 30’s “New and Emerging Photographers to Watch,” and over the past four years she has won numerous awards such as the Alexia Foundation First Place Student Grant in 2012, the POYI Emerging Vision Incentive Award in 2011, the 2010 Prix Ani-PixPalace Grant and the 2009 Visa Pour L’image Coup de Couer (Judge’s choice award).

Portfolio Imagery:

  • Project 1 of 3

    The Aqualillies

    The Aqualillies rehearse in the afternoon for a private birthday party performance later that evening at a home in Beverly Hills, California. I have been documenting the Aqualillies’ world since 2011.

  • Project 2 of 3

    Mexico’s Female Vigilante Police

    A Commander of the Xaltianguis Citizen Police force teaches the women how to carry and load rifles and revolvers. Image from the series “Mexico’s Female Vigilante Police”

  • Project 3 of 3

    Innocence Assassinated

    Reyna Sanchez, 15, on the way to her quinceneara in Colonia Zapata, one of the most dangerous and crime-ridden neighborhoods of Acapulco. This image is part of “Innocence Assassinated,” a long-term personal project documenting the lives of women and children in Mexico’s drug war zones- the victims, survivors and even criminals caught between the dark shadows of the past and the everyday life that must continue.

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