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Published in a Chronicle Book: 200 Women Who Will Change the Way You See the World
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. Gluckstein is a three-time winner of the International Photography Awards.
Gluckstein's DIGNITY: Tribes in Transition exhibition presented at the U.N. in Geneva and has been touring European and U.S. museums since 2011. She addressed the 2013 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on how art can impact the state of the world.
Her first book, DIGNITY: In Honor of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, helped create a tipping point for President Obama to endorse the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2010 in association with Amnesty International for their 50th anniversary.
Gluckstein's second updated edition of DIGNITY: In Honor of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, provides urgency and a contemporary focus to the worldwide movement against racial injustice in which DIGNITY continues to play an important part. She is currently a spokesperson in support of the Sexual Assault Protocols to ensure Native American and Alaskan Native women have the right to freedom from rape and violence. She advocates for equal health care and justice after sexual assaults – an Amnesty International USA advocacy campaign.
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 has two children.