Carolyn Drake is interested in photography as a medium for reshaping reality and history and is drawn to working in communities whose identities resist domination and authoritative definition. Drake lived in Istanbul for nearly a decade, developing personal projects and working on commissions in Turkey, Ukraine, Central Asia, and China. She returned to the US in 2014 and is now based in Vallejo, California, where she is currently looking at the performance of community in the US—the gendering of space, safety and surveillance, and the role that photography and digital worlds play in seeing and defining ourselves at home. Drake is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Lange Taylor Prize, World Press Photo award, a Fulbright Fellowship, and the Anamorphosis prize, among others. Her independently-published photo books, Two Rivers and Wild Pigeon, received wide acclaim and have been translated as installations, including solo shows at SFMOMA and the Houston Center for Photography. She is a graduate of Brown University and an associate at Magnum Photos.