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. In 2014, she published East of the Sun, West of the Moon with √Čtudes Books and in 2016 she published A Spectacle and Nothing Strange with Kehrer Verlag

In 2013, Ahndraya was a New York Foundation for the Arts grant recipient, Magenta Foundation Emerging Photographer Award winner and was shortlisted for the MACK First Book Award. She has also been a Light Work grant recipient and was a nominee for the Paul Huf Award from the FOAM Museum in Amsterdam. She was also a nominee for the SECA Award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

In 2008, she created and curated Art for Obama, a fundraiser that included the work of over sixty photographers, including Philip-Lorca DiCorcia, Katy Grannan, Richard Misrach, Larry Sultan, and Wolfgang Tillmans.

Ahndraya can be reached at ahndrayap@gmail.com