Catherine Karnow


Danang, Vietnam, 2010. Nguyen Thi Ly is afflicted with diseases associated with Agent Orange. The toxic defoliant sprayed by the US Military continues to have a devastating effect on thousands of Vietnamese people.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Catherine Karnow is renowned for her vibrant, emotional and sensitive style of photographing people.

Catherine has covered Bombay film stars, victims of Agent Orange in Vietnam, Greenwich, Connecticut high society, an Albanian farm family, and many other cultures worldwide.

In 1994, Catherine was the only non-Vietnamese photo-journalist to accompany General Giap to the northern Vietnam highlands from which he plotted the battle of Dien Bien Phu. She also gained unprecedented access to Prince Charles for a 2006 National Geographic feature.

Catherine’s work appears in National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian, GEO and other publications; as well as several Day in the Life series, Passage to Vietnam, and other books. Her passion for photography also carries into her love for teaching. She teaches National Geographic photo workshops, as well as her own workshops worldwide. Catherine also gives presentations on Vietnam for National Geographic LIVE.

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