Rapid City, SD, United States
Kristina (b. 1984) has a passion for photographing rural communities in the American west. She loves small towns and open space.
She is a transplant from the San Francisco Bay Area currently living in the Black Hills of western South Dakota.
In 2007, Kristina graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in journalism. In Jan. 2008, she headed to the edge of the west where she served as the Rapid City Journal's the first female staff photographer until July 2012 before becoming the newspaper's first female photo editor, a role held until July 2014.
In 2008, Kristina attended the American Diversity Project Workshop in Pikeville, Kentucky, and the Eddie Adams Workshop in 2009. Following her career at the Rapid City Journal, Kristina left the newsroom to pursue freelance and her South Dakota-based photography business.
Kristina is available for assignments throughout the west and the rest of the United States. Especially if it involves her packing a tent and a fly rod.
Clients include The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TheAtlantic.com, Pacific Standard, The Washington Post, Al Jazeera America, BuzzFeed News, Reuters, Associated Press, Coca-Cola Amatil, Bleacher Report, Habitat for Humanity, Rapid City Area Schools, TEDxRapid City, South Dakota Chiropractors Association, GBA Inc. General Contractors, and The Man Salon.
- Video capture
Stacey Alkire, of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, currently living in Denver, has been at the Oceti Sakowin for five weeks. Alkire said she was compelled to support her relatives at the camp "because I'm tired of the goverment screwing the Natives. They don't create balance with us." She continues, "All we want them to do is honor our treaties. I know this is a poverty-stricken place. But this is a beautiful place. We've never been honored. We've never been respected." Law enforcement has reached out to federal agencies for both monetary and personnel assistance. Tensions have flared in recent weeks between law enforcement and water protectors, as well as between private security and water protectors. (Kristina Barker for The New York Times)
The sun sets on Devils Tower National Monument outside of Sundance, Wyoming, August 5, 2015. Devils Tower is a popular destination for Sturgis Motorcycle Rally participants who spend time touring the surrounding area. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the rally expected to draw hundreds of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world for events throughout the week-long festival, according to organizers. (Kristina Barker for Reuters)
Dry Fork Station
A view of the Dry Fork Station power plant, operated by the Basin Electric Cooperative, is seen outside Gillette, Wyoming, Friday, June 10, 2016. Bankruptcy filings made by coal mines in the Gillette area have translated into hundreds of layoffs and have a rippling effect through the region's economy and communities. (Kristina Barker for The New York Times)