DIGNITY: Tribes In Transition consists of 60 black-and-white portraits taken over three decades. According to the artist, the photographs aim to “capture the fleeting period of world history where traditional and contemporary cultures collide. The black and white portraits of Indigenous Peoples pay homage to these imperiled cultures, signaling our collective interdependence and fragility.”
Gluckstein has photographed iconic figures Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Desmond Tutu, and Muhammad Ali, as well as award-winning advertising campaigns for clients such as Apple and Toyota. A museum-collected photographer, she has fine artworks in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Her book, DIGNITY: In Honor of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the associated international museum exhibition, DIGNITY: Tribes in Transition, have received international acclaim and awards.
Gluckstein graduated from Stanford University, where she studied psychology, painting, and photography, and realized the power of images to shape consciousness. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.
Produced with generous support from the Kathryn O. Greenberg Presidential Lecture Fund and in partnership with the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, the Creative Arts Council, and the Vice Provost for the Arts.