Kari René Hall tells intimate stories. She often finds subjects who are known more as faceless statistics in politicized issues such as returning war veterans, teen pregnancy, landmines, inter-generational poverty and drug addiction. Hall pulls you into their worlds through her photos and stories until you feel you know these people personally and really care what happens to them.

A staff photographer for the Los Angeles Times for 18 years, Hall is the author and photographer of Beyond the Killing Fields (Aperture Books, foreword by The Dalai Lama) chronicling the lives of refugees surviving at a camp on the Cambodian border and “Henry: An Unlikely Hero” on an outlaw biker single dad doing his best to raise his kids at a seedy motel near Disneyland that became an epic interactive multimedia presentation on MSNBC.com, was featured in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, screened at Visa pour l’Image in Perpignan, France, and optioned by HBO for a six-hour miniseries. She has presented her documentary multimedia projects more than a 100 times throughout the US and internationally, including to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the US Senate.

Bob Sipchen, associate editor at the Los Angeles Times said in his Pulitzer Prize nominating letter of the Henry story, “Kari’s essay, in revealing the complex, nuanced truth of one family offered readers a rare glimpse of all the others struggling to break free from the sinking class. No one who ever looked closely at her pictures will ever feel the same about poverty.”

Hall’s photographs have been exhibited in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy and throughout the United States and have received numerous awards including the National Press Photographers Association’s Canon Photo Essayist Award. Hall also worked as a producer on “Lethal Vows,” a CBS Movie of the Week starring John Ritter and Marg Helgenberger, and the development of several other TV and feature film projects. A 2004 Ochberg Fellow with the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, Hall is currently a photo editor for the Orange County Register, working on a mastery certificate from the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma and lives in Newport Beach, California.

Contact: Kari René Hall