"My earliest inspiration for photography was Life
magazine. I grew up in the "Golden Age" of photojournalism, and was
influenced by compelling image essays from the world's best
"My interest in anthropology naturally has led me to document
indigenous cultures, but I feel it's important to value people for the
way they choose to live today, and to not expect them to be frozen in
amber the way they might have been 100 years ago."
A freelance photographer and photo editor, Karen returned from two
months in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands in 2005 and is
working on a book, a documentary film and an exhibit about the project,
Headhunt Revisited. In addition to being a documentary and stock
photographer, she is the former managing photo editor for Bill Gates'
groundbreaking digital archive, Corbis Corporation, and spent many
years as a photo editor for a variety of publications and design
firms. Karen's most recent project, Headhunt Revisited, was featured in the April '06 issue of Smithsonian Magazine.
She was recently awarded the Scott Pearlman Field Award for Science
and Exploration from The Explorers Club and is a founding member of the
International League of Conservation Photographers.