Zana Briski is an American photographer, filmmaker, and activist. Her documentary film, “Born into Brothels,” was the winner of the Best Documentary Feature at the 77th Academy Awards in 2005.
After earning a master’s degree at the University of Cambridge, Briski studied documentary photography at International Center of Photography in New York. In 1995 she made her first trip to India, producing a story on female infanticide. In 1997, she returned to India and began her project on the prostitutes of Calcutta’s red light district, which led to her work with the children of prostitutes.