Preston Gannaway (b. 1977) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning documentary photographer and artist. For nearly 20 years, she has focused on intimate stories about American families and marginalized communities while addressing themes such as gender identity, class and our relationship to the landscape. Born and raised in North Carolina, she now lives in Oakland, California with her partner Nicole Frugé and their calico Kiki.


AARP, The Atlantic, California Sunday Magazine, CNN, ESPN the Magazine, Mother Jones, New York Times Magazine, NPR, Oxford American, San Francisco Chronicle, Stanford Business Magazine, TIME, US News and World Report, Washington Post, WIRED


Light Work Artist-in-Residence, 2018
American Photography, Selected or Chosen, 2019-2015, 2013
Grant recipient, Economic Hardship Reporting Project, 2015
National Press Photographers Association Short Grants recipient, 2015
Top 50, Critical Mass, 2015
Grant recipient, Documentary Project Fund, 2014
Grant recipient, Getty Images and Chris Hondros Fund Award, 2014
Finalist, Joop Swart Masterclass, 2009
Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography, 2008


Pollner Distinguished Professor, University of Montana, Spring 2019
Team leader and speaker, Eddie Adams Workshop, 2018
Artist talk, Photo Alliance, 2018
Artist talk, City College of San Francisco, 2017
Faculty and lecturer, Momenta Workshops Project Portland, 2016-2017
Visiting artist, Duke University, 2016
Artist talk and book signing, Chrysler Museum of Art, 2016
Faculty, The Image, Deconstructed Workshop, 2013, 2015
Artist talk and book signing, San Francisco Camerawork, 2014
Faculty, The Missouri Photo Workshop, 2013
Featured speaker, News Photographers Association of Canada, 2013
Faculty, The Mountain Workshops, 2012
Visiting Lecturer, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2011


2018 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, McGlothlin Center for the Arts, Emory, Va.
2018 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, LightSource, San Francisco
2018 Farms of West Oakland, San Francisco International Airport Museum
2017 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, City College of San Francisco
2016 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Slow Exposures, Zebulon, Georgia
2016 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Spectre Arts, Durham, N.C.
2015 The Residents, an exhibition of fine art photography, Dickerman Gallery, San Francisco
2014 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, The Half King, New York City
2009 The Ties That Bind: Preston Gannaway and Dana Romanoff, The Light Factory, Charlotte, N.C.
2008 Remember Me: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographs, Virginia Intermont College, Bristol, Va.


Light Work, Chrysler Museum of Art, The DoGood Fund, Stanford University, Duke University, The Newseum, Indie Photobook Library, International Gay/Lesbian Archive, Franklin Furnace Artists’ Books Collection

photo by Lexey Swall