American photographer Kristen Angelo was born in 1979 and resides in the Pacific Northwest.
A self-taught photographer, she began photographing in 2003. In 2014, she began independently documenting the farms and cultivators of the US cannabis industry, from the legalized climates of Washington and Oregon to the clandestine terrain of Northern California. The daughter of a prohibition-era grower and drug war veteran, the project was initially inspired by personal interest but developed into an expansive body of work establishing her as a professional freelancer.
The cannabis industry's most widely published photographer, Kristen's photographs have appeared in publications such as Cannabis Now Magazine, Culture Magazine, Marijuana Venture, Sungrower & Greenhouse, Dope Magazine, Northwest Leaf, and MG Magazine, and books such as The Cannabis Grow Bible written by Greg Green and Just One Thing, written by the former Editor-in-Chief of Life Magazine, Bill Shapiro. She has been recognized as a pioneer in the newly emerging cannabis photography genre by the Seattle Times, Huck Magazine, and Photo District News.
Kristen joined the ranks of select female photojournalists as a member of Women Photograph in 2017.
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Play. June-July, 2012. A Smith Gallery. Johnson City, Texas. Angela Bacon-Kidwell, Juror.