Lana Ankosi’s love of photography started at a very young age when she was trying to fit her whole huge Kurdish Yazidi family inside the very small viewfinder of her trusted point and shoot camera. It was then that she learned of the relationship between camera and her subject.
Lana first started to truly explore and see the world through her lens, at the age of 15, when she got her first mobile phone which had a camera. Inspired by human beings, societies, and the living world around her, Lana is deeply concerned about the fact that society has also proven itself to be so chaotic and unfair in so many ways. These confusing feelings of guilt and raw compassion are a big motivating power for her work.
Raised in Tbilisi, Georgia, she spent her teenage years in post-soviet Russian school. Upon graduating, she enrolled in Business school, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree. She also speaks Russian, English, Kurdish, and Georgian.
Currently based in Los Angeles.