Karen Arango, originally from Colombia, is a Sarasota-based freelance photojournalist and filmmaker who has been commissioned by the San Francisco Chronicle, Undark Magazine, Sarasota Magazine, and several non-profits in Sarasota-Bradenton, including The Community Foundation of Sarasota, Manatee Community Foundation, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, United Way Suncoast, Goodwill Manasota, Ringling College of Art and Design and many others. Her work focuses on collaborating with local non-profits to increase their funding and create awareness of the community's social needs.
Karen earned her photography education from Ringling College of Art and Design and the International Center of Photography. She is currently a graduate student at the University of South Florida. Her passion for documenting real stories started since the first day Karen grabbed a camera. She is mainly interested in adopting her visual skills to positively impact her community and beyond.
• Karen's video "The Faces of Goodwill Manasota" received a Silver Telly Award in 2019.
• She was awarded an Advocates for Youth grant to produce documentary portraits in 2018.
• In 2017, Karen's short film "Families Together/ Familias Unidas" was selected for the Through Women's Eyes Film Festival and Sarasota Film Festival.
• In 2016, she was selected for Artpil's 30 Women Photographers under 30.
• Her "Miss Behave" series was shown at Photoville, New York.
• She co-authored with Shannon Rohrer-Phillips, the self-published book "Visible Narratives."
• In 2015, Karen was selected to participate in the New York Times Lens Portfolio Review.
• In 2013, she worked as an analog printer at Phototechnica, where she printed more than 130 images for Larry Towell's Aperture book "Afghanistan."
• Karen's photographs were selected as the 100 best works of the Republic of Georgia's "KOLGA Photo Festival" in 2013.
Karen's work has been exhibited and featured internationally, including Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, the Republic of Georgia, Germany, the United Kingdom, New York City, and Sarasota.
Photo Credit (photo holding a camera) to Christian Kosfeld