Gulnara Samoilova is a photographer, author, and the founder of Women Street Photographers. A former Associated Press photojournalist, Samoilova received national and international awards for her iconic photographs of September 11, including first prize in the World Press Photo competition. Samoilova’s work is a part of major collections such as the Museum of the City of New York, The New York Public Library, New York Historical Society, the Newseum, and Houston Museum of Fine Arts. She holds a certificate in creative practices from the International Center of Photography and a diploma in photography from the Moscow Polytech College. Samoilova lives and works in New York City.