An Autobiography of Miss Wish by Nina Berman Documentary photographer and filmmaker Nina Berman's groundbreaking photo book, An Autobiography of Miss Wish, tells the story of
An Autobiography of Miss Wish by Nina Berman
Documentary photographer and filmmaker Nina Berman’s groundbreaking photo book, An Autobiography of Miss Wish, tells the story of Kimberly Stevens, a survivor of childhood sexual violence whose life is marked by addiction, trauma and resilience. The work is a collaboration between Berman and Stevens, told over the course of 25 years.
What They’re Saying about An Autobiography of Miss Wish
“For Ms. Berman, the book is in some ways a continuation of the work she has done over her career, addressing recurring themes, like how hierarchies of power operate, how justice is fought for and found, and how individuals live with the effects of violence. Yet, it is a departure, too, because it is more personal and non-traditional than her previous projects.” ~ New York Times
“Every so often there is an opus that challenges received wisdom not just on a single subject, but on a range of them. An Autobiography of Miss Wish, the collaboration between Noor photographer Nina Berman and Kimberly Stevens, the protagonist, published by Kehrer, is one of them.” ~ British Journal of Photography
“Nina Berman is one of the smartest documentary photographers of our time. Her latest book stands as a testament to her unique talent for pushing photography to new levels.” ~ Mother Jones
Nina Berman is a documentary photographer, filmmaker, author and educator. Her wide-ranging work looks at American politics, militarism, post violence trauma and resilience. Her photographs and videos have been exhibited at more than 100 venues from the security walls at the Za’atari refugee camp to the Whitney Museum Biennial. She is the author of Purple Hearts – Back from Iraq, portraits and interviews with wounded American veterans, Homeland, an exploration of the militarization of American life post September 11, and most recently, An autobiography of Miss Wish.
Her work has been recognized with awards in art and journalism from the New York Foundation for the Art, the World Press Photo Foundation, Pictures of the Year International, the Open Society Foundation, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and Hasselblad. She is a member of the photography and film collective NOOR images and a professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she directs the photography program. She lives in her hometown of New York City.
Portrait of Kimberly Stevens © Nina Berman
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