Zoe Marieh Urness is a Pulitzer Prize nominated and internationally recognized Tlingit and Cherokee photographer who creates portraits of modern Indigenous cultures in traditional regalia and settings to convey the message, "We are here, and we are thriving through our traditions."
Drawing on her own childhood experience as a cultural ambassador for Tlingit tribal heritage, Urness is masterful in sharing Indigenous narratives. She is continuously fascinated by documenting and exploring the nuances of each tribe’s expression of their culture in connection to their original landscape. Her signature style fuses documentary and fine art to create a seamless merging of past and present, and depicts ancestral ways being practiced by modern Natives in their full integrity.
“As I evolve as an artist I feel as if my entire body of work is braided together as one story being told through my lens… I choose to use my camera as a tool to link the past and present through visual stories.” -Zoe Urness