Ahndraya Parlato was born in Kailua, Hawaii. In 2002 she received a B.A. in photography from Bard College and in 2005 she received an M.F.A. from California College of the Arts. Her work consists of large-format, color photographs that explore the ambiguous nature of reality, often revealing the uncanny or magical in everyday life. She has forthcoming books with Twin Palms Press and Études Books.
Her work has been exhibited at ClampArt and 9W Gallery in New York City, the Helsinki Biennal, and the International Fashion and Photography Festival in Hyéres, France. Her work was also included in the Humble Arts Show 31 Under 31: Women in Art Photography, as well as in Never Been to Tehran, which showed consecutively in eight countries around the world.
Ahndraya’s work was nominated for the Paul Huff Award from the FOAM Museum in Amsterdam and the SECA Award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and in 2011 she received a grant from Light Work. Her work has been published in a number of books, including New American Landscapes, Smoke Bath, and a Collector’s Guide to Photography, as well as in a number of magazines, including Nylon, Wallpaper, Untitled Magazine and Vidvinkel.
In 2008, she created and curated Art for Obama, a show/fundraiser that included the work of over sixty photographers, including Richard Misrach, Katy Grannan, Philip-Lorca DiCorcia, Larry Sultan, and Wolfgang Tillmans.