Kirsten Leah Bitzer is a freelance photographer based in Denver, Colorado. She is drawn to and passionate about projects that emphasize the human condition of marginalized groups and individuals such as abuse victims, veterans, the LGBTQ community and women’s rights in developing countries. Kirsten’s first photo story, “Jason & Rachel,” was a project she initially pursued in her first year of journalism school, after being told to find a semester-long project in her Intro to Photojournalism class. After leaving school to pursue long-term photo projects full-time, Kirsten spent seven months in India and Nepal documenting human rights issues. In 2017, Kirsten was selected for the New York Portfolio Review and the Eddie Adams Workshop XXX. Kirsten also assisted for two years on the documentary film, “Hondros,” about the late photojournalist Chris Hondros, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2017.