Congratulations to Kitra Cahana, a Reportage Featured Photographer, on receiving the 2013 ICP Infinity Award for Young Photographers. Kitra, born in 1987, had an early start in her career when, at the age of 17, while photographing the Israeli Disengagement from Gaza, one of her photographs landed on the front page of the New York Times. In 2007 she worked at the New York Times as the Thomas Morgan photographic intern and later in the year received a one-year scholarship to live in Treviso Italy working at Benetton’s research communication center in Fabrica. During her scholarship in Italy she worked on stories around the world for COLORS magazine, including on the Pacific Islands of Vanuatu and Niue and in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya. Kitra was chosen to be the 2009 photographic intern at National Geographic. Her photo essay on teen behavior for the story “Teenage Brains” appeared in that magazine in October 2011.
Caption: Attendees of the National Rainbow Gathering in the Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico, on July 4, 2009, where young travelling nomads congregate to share guitar riffs and rats at the ‘Dirty Kids Corner’. In the center is Grace, a philosophy-inspired 19 year old, whose rejection of hard drugs has cost her her relationship with her parents, extended family and friends, all of whom are either addicted to or use heroine and other drugs and as such can no longer relate to her or her predominantly drug-free lifestyle. (Photo by Kitra Cahana/Reportage by Getty Images)