Brenda Ann Kenneally Albany, New York, b. 1959


Brenda Ann Kenneally is an American photojournalist and documentary photographer living in Brooklyn, NY. Her work focuses on social issues, including the illegal drug economy. Her images have been featured in The New York Times MagazineRolling Stone, and Ms. She is founder of A Little Creative Class, a non-profit art organization that addresses obstacles that deter poor and low-income youth from participating in art and the emerging idea-based economy.


Kenneally’s photographs depict the struggles of families experiencing poverty, drug use, food scarcity, or poor living conditions. Oftentimes, she photographs families over the course of many years, getting to know them on an intimate level.


Keneally earned her BS in journalism and sociology from the University of Miami, Miami, FL, and her MA in studio art from New York University. She is a Pulitzer Prize nominee and was awarded the Community Awareness Award from the National Press Photographers Association in 2000; the International Prize for Photojournalism in Gijon, Spain, in 2001; and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2014.