Ahndraya Parlato was born in Kailua, Hawaii. In 2002 she received a B.A. from Bard College, where she majored in photography, and in 2005 she received an M.F.A. from California College of the Arts. Her work consists of large-format, color photographs that explore the ambiguous nature of reality, often revealing the uncanny in everyday life. Her work has been shown, among other places, in The Helsinki Biennale, the International Fashion and Photography Festival in Hyéres, France, and at 9W Gallery in New York City. Her work was also included in the Humble Arts Show 31 Under 31: Women in Art Photography, as well as in Never Been to Tehran, which showed consecutively in eight countries.
Ahndraya has been nomineed for the Paul Huff Award from the FOAM Museum in Amsterdam and the SECA Award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and in 2011, Ahndraya was a recipient of a Light Work Grant. Her work has been published in a number of books, including New American Landscapes, Smoke Bath and The Collector’s Guide to Emerging Art Photography. Her work has also been published in Vidvinkel, Nylon, Wallpaper and Untitled Magazine.
In 2008, she created and curated ArtForObama.net, a show/fundraiser that included the work of over 60 photographers, including Richard Misrach, Katy Grannan, Philip-Lorca DiCorcia, Larry Sultan, and Wolfgang Tillmans.