"...a great documentarian.” -- Frank Espada, photographer.
Karen Ande is a social documentary and portrait photographer based in San Francisco, California. In 2002 she began chronicling the AIDS epidemic and its effects on children in sub-Saharan Africa. Her work took her from rural villages to city slums in Kenya and Rwanda, where she photographed people who daily face the challenges of AIDS and its impact on those they know and love. This work culminated in the award-winning 2010 book with journalist Ruthann Richter: Face to Face: Children of the AIDS Crisis in Africa.
More recently Karen’s work has broadened in scope to include issues of poverty, childhood hunger, and rights of seniors in other areas of the world, including Nepal, El Salvador, and the U.S.”
Not content to remain an observer, Karen has raised thousands of dollars for organizations helping children orphaned by AIDS. She and her work have been featured in newspapers, magazines and television.
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"She has learned to approach people with great sensitivity and to respect them regardless of their circumstances." -- Ruthann Richter, journalist.