Anna Kahn
Anna Kahnn, Photographer

Anna Kahn was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1968. She graduated as a journalist from the Catholic University in 1992, and studied photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York, in 1995.

She photographed for the NGO Medicins sans Frontières, in 1998, as a volunteer, before moving to Paris to live and work (mainly for Brazilian magazines and newspapers) between 1999 and 2007.

Her exhibition “Portraits of Absence” at the Instituto Moreira Salles, between 2007 and 2008, was created to tell the stories of stray bullets in Rio de Janeiro. It is now part of the collection of the Institute, and was also part of an exhibition celebrating the 60 years
of the Human Rights Declaration by the United Nations, curated by Milton Guran, at the Centro Cultural da Justiça Eleitoral, in 2008, in Rio.

The instalation “One minute”, part of the bala perdida photos, was selected to be part of the International Paraty Photo Festival (Paraty em Foco), in September 2010, at O Cubo Gallery. In the same year, a projection was shown at PhotoIreland Festival. In 2011, “Portraits of Absence” was exhibited at 535 Gallery, at Complexo da Maré, in Rio; and at Festfotopoa (Internacional Festival of Porto Alegre), in the south of Brazil. This work is part of the documentary “Caçadores da Alma”, by renown director Silvio Tendler about photography in the 21st century.

In 2009, Anna Kahn exhibited her work, “Olho mágico – Uma visão dos interiores de Copacabana” (Peephole – A Vision of Copacabana Interiors) at Centro Cultural da Justiça Federal, during FotoRio (Rio de Janeiro Photo Festival). In the same year she also took part in two other joint exhibitions, “Fotografia e Memória”, at Casa do Saber, curated by Marcia Mello, and “Rio de Janeiro”, at Museu da República, conceived by Luis Garrido.

In July 2010, she took part in the project “Fryslan through foreign eyes”, where a photographer from of each continent portrayed a region on the Wadden Sea, in the Netherlands. This work will become a book organized by curator Feiko Hoekstra.

In July 2011, Anna did a video instalation at Centro Cultural dos Correios, called “Why does there always have to be a meaning?”, inspired in her experience with immobility.

Anna Kahn currently lives in Rio.
Her work is represented by Galeria Tempo, in Copacabana.