Joana Toro

Joana Toro is a self-taught Colombian photographer based in both New York City and Bogota, Colombia. Her work explores issues of immigration, human rights, and identity and was featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalWorld Press Photo Witness, Open Society Foundations, and Photoword China Magazine, amongst others. She worked as a staff photographer with the major magazines and newspapers in Colombia before she migrated to the United States in 2011 to further her career as a documentarian and artist. In 2019, she published her second monograph, “Hello I Am Kitty” (Tragaluz, Colombia, 2019). “Hello I Am Kitty” was inaugurated in an exhibition at the Tragaluz and Gabriel Garcia Marquez journalism festival in Medellin, Colombia. In 2020 her work was included in the public collection of the Library of Congress in D.C. It has been exhibited in international photo festivals all over the globe: Les Femmes s’exposent in France, Photoville in New York, Guate Photo in Guatemala, Just Another Festival in India, the International Photography Festival in Pingyao, China, and more.


Joana Toro es una fotógrafa colombiana autodidacta que vive tanto en la ciudad de Nueva York como en Bogotá, Colombia. Su trabajo explora temas de inmigración, derechos humanos e identidad y apareció en the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalWorld Press Photo Witness, Open Society Foundations y Photoword China Magazine, entre otros. Trabajó como fotógrafa de plantilla en las principales revistas y periódicos de Colombia antes de emigrar a los Estados Unidos en 2011 para avanzar en su carrera como documentalista y artista. En 2019, publicó su segunda monografía, “Hello I Am Kitty” (Tragaluz, Colombia, 2019). “Hello I Am Kitty” fue inaugurada en una exposición en el festival de periodismo Tragaluz y Gabriel García Márquez en Medellín, Colombia. En 2020 su obra fue incluida en la colección pública de The Library of Congress en D.C. Se ha exhibido en festivales internacionales de fotografía en todo el mundo: Les Femmes s’exposent France 2019, Photoville New York, Guate Photo, Guatemala, Just another Festival India, International Photography Festival Pingyao China, y más.

Archive Exhibitions Featuring Joana Toro

TransLatinxs Y La Resiliencia Contra COVID-19 // TransLatinx Resilience Against COVID-19

Travers Park
 archive : 2021
TransLatinx Resilience Against COVID-19 documents how the pandemic has impacted Colectivo Intercultural TRANSgrediendo, an organization founded by Lorena Borjas, and its community of transgender Latinx immigrants in Queens.
TransLatinxs y la Resilencia Contra Covid-19 documenta cómo la pandemia ha impactado al Colectivo Intercultural TRANSgrediendo, la organización fundada por Lorena Borjas, y su comunidad de inmigrantes latinx transgénero en Queens.
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Eyewitness: Who Tells The Stories Of Our Time?

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 1
 archive : 2021

Eyewitness: Who Tells the Stories of Our Time? showcases the work of Eli Hiller, Sarahbeth Maney, and Joana Toro—recipients of the 2020 Eyewitness Photojournalism Grant, whose works center underreported stories across the United States.

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