Santa Cruz, CA, USA
Jana Marcus has been creating award-winning documentary photography for over 20 years. She is a professional photographer in the California Bay Area focusing on the documentary, editorial and performing arts genres. Her work has been exhibited across the United States and extensively published in newspapers and magazines.
Jana has received many prestigious awards over the years, including the UC Berkeley Center for Photography’s International Photojournalism Award for her series "After Midnight: Youth Subcultures of New York City," Best photos of the year in 2004 and 2005 by Photo District News of New York and she was named one of "50 Exceptional International Photographers" by Exposure of New York in 2011. Her most recent book "Transfigurations," which explores the transgender journey, received the "Best LGBT Non-Fiction Book of 2012" by the Independent Publishers Book Awards.
Jana received her MFA from San Jose State University, a BA in Community Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and studied photography at The School Of Visual Arts in New York City. Jana’s first book, "In The Shadow of the Vampire: Reflections From The World Of Anne Rice," was published by Thunder’s Mouth Press of New York.
Jana has taught photography at San Jose State University and she frequently lectures on the subject of documentary photography.
2016 - Gail Rich Award Recipient, 2012 - Best LGBT Non-Fiction Book of Year - IPPI Award, 2011 - Community Activist of the Year From BAYMEC, 2010 - Best Int'l Photographers - Exposure, New York, 2006 - Best Photography Exhibit - Good Times Newspaper, 2005 - Best Photos of the Yea -Photo District News (PDN), 2005 - Int'l Photography Awards, 2005 - Phelan Art Awards, 2005 - Excellence in Photography Award, 2004 - Best Photos of the Year-Photo Disitrict News (PDN), 2004 - Center for Photographic Arts Awards, 1994 - UCB Center for Photography Photojournalism Award