Hannah Kozak was born to a Polish father and a Guatemalan mother in Los Angeles, California. At the age of ten, she was given a Kodak Brownie camera by her father, Sol, a survivor of eight Nazi forced labor camps and began instinctively capturing images of dogs, flowers, family and friends that felt honest and real. As a teenager growing up in Los Angeles, Hannah would sneak onto movie lots and snap photos on the sets of Charlie’s Angels, Starsky and Hutch and Family, selling star images to movie magazines and discovering a world that was far from reality.

While working in a camera store at the age of twenty, Hannah’s life changed when she met a successful stuntwoman who became her mentor and helped her start a career in stunts. For over twenty-five years, Hannah’s work provided the opportunity to work with notable directors such as Michael Cimino, David Lynch, Mike Nichols, Tim Burton and Michael Bay. She worked as a stunt double for celebrated stars like Cher, Angelina Jolie, Lara Flynn Boyle and Isabella Rossellini. On every set, Hannah took her camera to work, capturing candid, behind-the-scene pictures that penetrated the illusion of Hollywood magic.

Her wanderlust and career in the film business afforded Hannah the opportunity to travel from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Mexico, Guatemala and Peru to Egypt, Italy, Israel and India, capturing images of far away lands and exploring the innocence and truth found in the faces of children from around the world.

Hannah has turned the camera on herself, her life and her world. She continues to look for those things that feel honest and real, using her camera as a means of exploring feelings and emotions. After decades of standing in for someone else, she now is in control of her destiny and vision.

Hannah is an autobiographical photographer. Her subjects are the people and places that touch her emotionally. She has been photographing people and places for four decades. Photography has the power to heal and to help us through difficult periods, something Hannah Kozak knows first hand from personal experience.

Instagram: @hannahkozak
Twitter: @hannahkozak

Solo Exhibitions

New Mexico Holocaust Museum in conjunction
with Jewish Community Center of Albuquerque
Survivor: My Father's Ghosts
April 1 - May 15, 2022

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
Survivor: My Father's Ghosts
May 20 - August 31, 2018

Group Exhibitions


Imago Lisboa
October 6 - Nov 11, 2022
He Threw the Last Punch Too Hard

The Curated Fridge
Summer 2022 Show
Searching for Michael Jackson

The Hive Gallery
Pixel Popcorn (Eye Candy for the People)
March 5 - April 2, 2022


Gallery FotoNostrum
Barcelona, Spain

JKC Gallery/Trenton Hall
Trenton, New Jersey
June 14 – September 14
Photography and Trauma

The Hive Gallery
March 6 – March 27
California Love – A Visual Mixtape part 2

FotoNostrom - Julia Margaret Cameron Awards 14th Edition
Barcelona, Spain
March 4 - April 29, 2020

Hive Gallery - 5th Annual Photo Show Alternative Processes
Los Angeles, California
March 9 - April 1, 2019

The Curated Fridge
Spring 2019
He Threw the Last Punch Too Hard

5th Edition of Fine Art and Documentary Photography Biennial
Space Nau Bostik Barcelona, Spain
October 4 - 21, 2018

The Hive Gallery 4th Annual Photo Show Analog vs. Digital
Los Angeles, California
March 3 - March 31, 2018

Galeria Valid Foto, Barcelona, Spain
Julia Margaret Cameron Awards 10th Edition
October 3 - 14, 2017

Hive Gallery - Naked vs. Nude:
Los Angeles, California
March 4 - April 1, 2017

Month of Photography Los Angeles, 4th Annual Analogue Portrait Project Aesthesia Studios,
Culver City January 22, 2017

Photo LA, The Reef: Samy's Camera Exhibition January 13-15, 2017

4th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography: European Month of Photography: Berlin Foto Biennial 2016. Palazzo Italia : Berlin, Germany October 6 - 30, 2016

Duncan Miller Gallery: Photo Art Fair: Santa Monica, California 30 July 2016

Mujeres de Maiz One: Mind, Body and Spirit 19th Anniversary Live Art Show. Los Angeles, CA 6 March 2016

Early Works: Photographic Resource Center: Boston, MA, January 22 - February 18, 2015

Scott Nichols Gallery, Women: Seeing and Being Seen. San Francisco, CA Sept 4 - Nov 29, 2014

3rd Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography, Heritage Municipal Museum, Málaga, Spain: September 18 - November 9, 2014

Early Works: Sol Mednick Gallery, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA August 22 - Sept 18, 2014

Early Works: The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Co, February 7 - March 1, 2014

Early Works: Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, Oregon, April 5, 2013 - April 28, 2013

Early Works: Ray Ko Photo Center, San Francisco, CA, 2013, October 17 - November 17, 2013

Perfect Exposure, The Next, Emerging LA Artists, Los Angeles, CA 2012

Perceptions 2012, Julia Dean Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2012


Julia Margaret Cameron Award 2020- Honorable Mentions (2)
FotoEvidence W Book Award with World Press Photo-Finalist – 2019
Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Women Seen By Women, Honorable Mention Devotion - 3 images - 2019
Women Seen by Women Award, 2018, Finalist: Jules Triptych, 2017
Julia Margaret Cameron Award, 10th Edition, Documentary Series : He Threw the Last Punch Too Hard, 2017
Julia Margaret Cameron Award, 10th Edition, Finalist: single photo for Children, 2017
CDS/Honickman Duke University First Book in Photography Prize, He Threw the Last Punch Too Hard semi finalist, 2016
Julia Margaret Cameron Award, 8th Edition, Finalist: People, 2015
Your Daily Photograph, Michael Jackson Memorial Tree in Budapest, Nov 24, 2015 (Out of Element)
Your Daily Photograph, Pain and Loneliness #9, July 28, 2015 (First Place)
Julia Margaret Cameron Award, 7th Edition, Finalist: Being Mother, 2015
Julia Margaret Cameron Award, 7th Edition, Finalist: Nude, 2015
CDS/Honickman Duke University First Book in Photography Prize, He Threw the Last Punch Too Hard finalist, 2014
Julia Margaret Cameron Award, 6th Edition, 1st Prize - single photo for Children, March 2014
Julia Margaret Cameron Award, 6th Edition, 1st Prize - single photo Documentary for Forgiveness and Compassion, March 2014
Julia Margaret Cameron Award, 5th Edition, Female Photographer of the Year, Nudes-Pain and Loneliness, September 2013
Critical Mass Finalist, 2012 - Forgiveness and Compassion

Artist in Residence

“¿Quién Puede Vivir en Esta Casa?” Internacional Residence
Zona Imaginaria, San Fernando, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2011


Black and White Magazine UK Issue 250 : March 24, 2021
Photojournalism Nights 11th Edition: March 24, 2021
How Often Does A Photograph Deeply Move You: March 24, 2021
Book Review: FRAMES Magazine by W. Scott Olsen: March 22, 2021
Real Photo Show Podcast : February 13, 2021
Apple Podcast Exprésate con Lourdes Episodio 25: La verdad en el amor
Lucie Foundation Short List First Photobook of 2020
Highlighting Success Stories by Women Visual Storytellers & Journalists in 2020
Women Photograph : Photobooks of 2020
Buzzfeed: Here Are The 20 Photo Books We Loved in The Very Exhausting Year of 2020
Buzzfeed: Photos Show The Devastating Long-Term Effects of Domestic Violence: Nov 28, 2020
PhotoBook Journal Interesting Artist and Photographic Books for 2020:
The Karma Train Has Made A Stop : Oct 21, 2020
Girl Talk HQ: Oct 16, 2020
VII Interactive Book Club: October 8, 2020
VII Interactive Book Club announcement: Oct 8, 2020
Infobae: Spanish El último golpe fue demasiado: Sept 29, 2020
Arts Kobini: Sept 22, 2020
Los Angeles Times: 35 Years In a Dungeon: The long-term effects of intimate
partner violence we don't talk about: Sept 20, 2020
Photobook Journal : August 10, 2020
Photojournalism Now : July 31, 2020
Around The Lens Podcast w/David J. Murphy: July 27, 2020
Women's enews: July 23, 2020
All About Photo.com : July 18, 2020
Der Spiegel - Domestic Violence: Oct 18, 2019
Shifter by Dan Milnor: Create by Hannah Kozak: October 16, 2019
American Photography Pro Photo Daily: October 10, 2019
Around The Lens Podcast w/David J. Murphy : Oct 7, 2019
Lenscratch: He Threw The Last Punch Too Hard: Sept 25, 2019
Edge of Humanity: He Threw the Last Punch Too Hard : Sept 21, 2019
Lenscratch: Melvin Sokolsky interviewed by Hannah kozak: June 25, 2018
W Magazine: 18 Photographers share portraits of their Dads: June 17, 2018
Auschwitz Memoria Magazine -  Issue Number 8: May 2018
Forbes Magazine - Survivor: My Father's Ghosts : May 29, 2018
The Jewish Journal - Survivor: My Father's Ghosts - May 16, 2018
Lenscratch - Survivor: My Father's Ghosts - May 11, 2018
Edge of Humanity: Imprisonment of a Woman's Soul - July 25, 2016
FujiLove: Winter in Warsaw - Dec 2015
AI-AP: Having the camera gave me protection and connection simultaneously Jan 5, 2016
The Editorial Magazine Issue 12 - A Conversation with Hannah Kozak
Monovisions - Interview with Black and White photographer Hannah Kozak June 25, 2015
Portraits of Unknown, He Threw the Last Punch Too Hard, Dec 2014
Lenscratch, My Mother's Dolls, October 14, 2014
Nailed Magazine, Pain and Loneliness, August 18, 2014
PH Magazine, Nude is Not Porn, Pain and Loneliness, March 2014
Tamron: How to take emotional travel photos
Mull It Over Interviews Hannah Kozak
Adore Noir Issue number 7 – Pain and Loneliness, April 1, 2012
Lenscratch – Forgiveness and Compassion, October 10, 2011


Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Arts with concentration in Spanish
Cal State University at Northridge, 1997

Master of Arts, Psychology
University of Santa Monica, 2008

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