Lisa Kristine

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Lisa Kristine (born September 2, 1965) is an American humanitarian photographer. Her photography over a 30-year career has documented indigenous cultures and social causes, such as modern slavery, in more than 100 countries.[1]

Kristine is the recipient of the 2013 Lucie Humanitarian Award at Carnegie Hall.[1][2]

Career in photography[edit]

Lisa Kristine began learning photography at the age of 11, and began travelling internationally in the early 1980s.[3] She has since visited dozens of countries on six continents; she travels with a translator and secures permission from every person she photographs.[3] She has focused on topics related to human rights.[4]

In 2009, Kristine collaborated with Free the Slaves.[5] This body of work, illuminating human enslavement, was brought together in Slavery, including a foreword by Nobel Laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and published in 2010. Kristine has received global attention for shining a light on contemporary slavery across media platforms, including CNN[6] and The Atlantic,[7] speaking at TED events,[8] museums, NGO's, business conferences, colleges and universities.[citation needed] Lisa was the recipient of the 2013 Lucie Humanitarian Award. Kristine's work has been endorsed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Queen Mother of Bhutan, and Amnesty International.[1][9]

Kristine was ranked one of the top 12 portrait photographers in the world by Resource Magazine.[10] When the State of the World Forum convened in San Francisco in 1999, Lisa was asked to present her work to help inspire discussions on human rights, social change, and global security.[1][8] Kristine's work was auctioned by Christie's New York and sponsored by the United Nations to benefit Kofi Annan's Ambassador's Ball.[1]

Kristine was the sole exhibitor at the 2009 Vancouver Peace Summit.[1]

Kristine has published five books and has been the subject of four documentaries. Her work on slavery has been featured in three films released in 2014.[citation needed] One of these films, Sold, includes a character inspired by Kristine and is portrayed by Gillian Anderson.

Books authored[edit]

Documentaries and films about Kristine's work[edit]

  • A Human Thread, A documentary on Lisa Kristine. Producer: MediaStorm 2003. DVD
  • Through the Lens, A documentary on Lisa Kristine. Producer: MediaStorm 2007. DVD
  • In Plain Sight, Humanitarian Lisa Kristine of the Frontlines of Modern Day Slavery, Produced by Pivitol Eye. 2014 Documentary
  • #standwithme, A Documentary. Producer: Stillmotion 2014 Film
  • Sold, A feature film. Producer: Jane Charles. Director: Jeffrey D. Brown. 2014


  1. ^ a b c d e f Jones, Marilyn (December 29, 2014). "Difference Maker: Lisa Kristine reveals the brutal conditions – and uplifting humanity – of today's slaves". Christian Science Monitor. 
  2. ^ Griffin, Emily (October 28, 2013). "2013 Lucie Awards at Carnegie Hall". Resource. 
  3. ^ a b "Lisa Kristine". KQED Spark. KQED-FM. Retrieved 2012-10-02. 
  4. ^ Cuya, Elz. "A Photographer is at Home with the World". The Argonauts. Retrieved 2012-10-02. 
  5. ^ Kristine, Lisa (2010). Slavery. Washington DC: Free the Slaves. ISBN 978-0-615-40323-6. 
  6. ^ "Slavery then and now". CNN. March 3, 2011. 
  7. ^ Kristine, Lisa (September 26, 2012). "Slavery Still Exists". The Atlantic. 
  8. ^ a b Kristine, Lisa (January 2012). "Photos that bear witness to modern slavery". TED. 
  9. ^ Tsering, Lisa (October 14, 2014). "'In Plain Sight': Mill Valley Film Festival Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  10. ^ Sienkievic, James (January 27, 2015). "Top 12 Top Tier Photographers You Should Know". Resource Magazine. 

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