Juliana Cottrell grew up between Indian Country of the Pacific
Northwest and Oakland, CA. Between these two worlds, she
became acutely aware of the imbalance and injustice around her. In high
school she began photographing the beauty of Indian Country and fell in
love with the solace she found behind the lens. She later earned a
Master of Social Work degree from San Francisco State University and
worked for years as a social worker in Oakland’s urban landscape.
During this time she returned over and over again to the camera,
bringing visual balance to her images as a way of defying the
extreme imbalance in the world around her.
While continuing her social work, Juliana built her portfolio through
personal projects and as a freelance photographer. In 2018 she earned
an MA in Photography from the Academy of Art University in
Juliana splits her time between Seattle and Oakland.