Dana Lixenberg was born in the Netherlands in 1964. She currently lives and works in New York and Amsterdam. She studied photography at the London College of Printing (1984-1986) and at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (1987-1989). In 1993, Lixenberg was awarded a project grant by The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture for a series of portraits at the Imperial Courts Housing Project in Los Angeles, California. She was soon getting commissions for a wide variety of publications, such as The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Newsweek, The Telegraph magazine and Vibe, among many others. Many of these collaborations continue to this date. All the while, Lixenberg continues to work on personal projects, mostly focused on individuals and communities on the margins of society. She was the subject of the documentary Dana Lixenberg, Thru Dutch Eyes in 1999. Lixenberg’s publication Jeffersonville Indiana won Best Dutch Book Design in 2005 and, in 2008, The Last Days of Sishmaref received the same award. Lixenberg has exhibited across Europe. Her work The Mayor, commissioned by the Rijksmuseum and NRC Handelsblad, is on show in Amsterdam until mid January 2012.