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Brenda Ann Kenneally

Brenda Ann Kenneally


Brenda Ann Kenneally is a mother and an independent journalist who lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her long-term projects are intimate portraits of social issues that intersect where the personal is political. The result of a decade of reporting, Kenneally's book and web publication MONEY, POWER, RESPECT; Pictures of My Neighborhood have received numerous awards: The W. Eugene Smith Award for Humanistic Photography, a Soros Criminal Justice Fellowship, The Mother Jones Documentary Photography Award, and The International Prize for Photojournalism in Gijon Spain. In 2006 the multimedia component won the Best of Photojournalism Award for overall Best Use of the Web by the National Press Photographers Association. Kenneally is working to push the boundaries of the social document, using the web as a tool to expand and contextualize her immersion style of reporting.

In this spirit Kenneally and independent producer Laura Lo Forti founded The Raw File, a digital theatre dedicated to providing a space for provocative open-ended media.

In 2004, Kenneally began reporting on the lives of five teen girls who would come of age in an industrial city in Post- industrial America. The ongoing project Upstate Girls; What Became of Collar City aims deep into the emotional and psychological cycle of poverty from a women's eye view. The project has been supported to date, by a Nikon Sabbatical Grant, The Alicia Patterson Foundation, The Canon Female Photojournalism Grant, and The Getty Grant for Editorial Photography. Upstate Girls was awarded The Pictures of The Year International Community Awareness Award in 2006 and a World Press Award in 2008. With the support of A Distribution Grant from The Open Society Institute, Kenneally has partnered with The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, New York to produce a series of digital scrapbook workshops with young women serving sentences in the juvenile system in upstate, New York.

Finding the Way Home by Brenda Ann Kenneally

Two years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged Louisiana, photojournalist Brenda Ann Kenneally returns to find those who are headed home. Amid jobs lost, communities scattered, and houses destroyed, what does it take to rebuild a life?