Dana Gluckstein has photographed iconic figures including Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Desmond Tutu, and Muhammad Ali, as well as award-winning advertising campaigns for clients such as Apple and Toyota. Her portraits are held in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Her book, DIGNITY: In Honor of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the associated international museum exhibition, DIGNITY: Tribes in Transition, have received international acclaim and awards.
DIGNITY, in association with Amnesty International for their 50th anniversary, helped create a tipping point for President Obama to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The DIGNITY exhibition presented at the U.N. in Geneva in 2011. Gluckstein addressed the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland in 2013 on how art can impact the state of the world. The exhibition has been touring European and U.S. museums since 2011 and continues through 2020. Gluckstein is currently working in association with Amnesty International USA on an advocacy campaign to end discrimination and sexual assaults of Native American and Alaskan Native women.
Gluckstein graduated from Stanford University, where she studied psychology, painting, and photography, and realized the power of images to shape consciousness. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.
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