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Ahndraya Parlato was born in Kailua, Hawaii. She has a B.A. in photography from Bard College and an MFA from California College of the Arts. Her new book, Who Is Changed and Who Is Dead, is forthcoming from Mack Books in July, 2021. Her first monograph, A Spectacle and Nothing Strange was published by Kehrer Verlag in 2016, and her collaboration with Gregory Halpern, East of the Sun, West of the Moon, was published by √Čtudes Books in 2014.

Recently Ahndraya has exhibited work at The Aperture Foundation, New York, NY; The Swiss Institute, Milan, Italy; Transformer Station, Clevland, OH and Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA.

Ahndraya is a 2020 New York Foundation for the Arts Joy of Photography Grant recipient and in 2018, she was a nominee for the ICP Infinity Award. In 2013, she was a New York Foundation for the Arts grant recipient, as well as a Magenta Foundation Emerging Photographer Award winner. She has also been a Light Work grant recipient, a nominee for the Paul Huf Award from the FOAM Museum in Amsterdam, and a nominee for the SECCA Award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.