Bio & CV

Hannah Kozak was born to a Polish father and a Guatemalan mother in Los Angeles, CA. 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.

Group Exhibitions

Hive Gallery – Naked vs. Nude: The Hive Gallery March 4 – April 1, 2017
Month of Photography Los Angeles, 4th Annual Analogue Portrait Project 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, CA 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

Recognition

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

Publications
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

Education

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

Master of Arts, Psychology
University of Santa Monica, 2008