Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Cassandra Giraldo is an independent photojournalist based in Brooklyn, New York. She has spent the last three years working as a freelance press photographer in New York City where she works regularly for outlets including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, among others.
She graduated from Skidmore College in 2011 with a BA in International Affairs and French after which she completed the Photojournalism & Documentary Studies Program at the International Center of Photography in 2012.
In the last year, her photo story “The Gentle Punks,” which documents punk youth living in St. Petersburg, Russia, was recognized by The New York Photo Awards, Onward Compé, The New York Times Portfolio Review, CENTER Review Sante Fe, and the FotoVisura Spotlight Awards.
Cassandra speaks fluent French and is working to improve her family's native language, Spanish. She is also trained in battlefield first aid after a Hostile Environments and First Aid Training Course with Global Journalist Security (GJS).
She loves a good spot-news stakeout, protest, parade, or the rush of a deadline. When she's not hustling on assignment however, she is dedicated to working on stories relating to youth counter-culture and issues of coming of age in a globalized world.
Follow her on Instagram: @cassandragiraldo or Twitter: @CassGiraldo