About Gulnara


I picked up a camera when I was 15. In my native Russia, I was a photography teacher and specialized in documentary photography. I earned a diploma in photography while in Russia and hold a certificate from the International Center of Photography. I have been in the United States since 1992 and continue to do my own documentary photography projects both in Russia and the United States.

I was supposed to be in Russia on Sept.11 to photograph a family I was chronicling as part of a personal, ongoing project. Instead, I was nearly buried alive in the ash and debris from the World Trade Center as I documented the events of the day.

I was awarded nationally and internationally for my photographs from 9/11 including first prize in the World Press Photo contest “People in the News” Singles division for my photograph of survivors of the World Trade Center collapse.

Gulnara Samoilova Documentary Photographer World Trade Center Terrorist Attack USA Photos



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