Photo by Jessica Simons 

Photo by Jessica Simons 

Kristina (b. 1984) has a passion for photographing rural communities in the American west. She loves small towns and open space. 

She is a transplant from the San Francisco Bay Area currently living in the Black Hills of western South Dakota. 

In 2007, Kristina graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in journalism. In Jan. 2008, she headed to the edge of the west where she served as the Rapid City Journal's the first female staff photographer until July 2012 before becoming the newspaper's first female photo editor, a role held until July 2014. 

In 2008, Kristina attended the American Diversity Project Workshop in Pikeville, Kentucky, and the Eddie Adams Workshop in 2009. Following her career at the Rapid City Journal, Kristina left the newsroom to pursue freelance and her South Dakota-based photography business.

Kristina is available for assignments throughout the west and the rest of the United States. Especially if it involves her packing a tent and a fly rod. 

Clients include The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TheAtlantic.com, Pacific Standard, The Washington Post, Al Jazeera America, BuzzFeed News, Reuters, Associated Press, Coca-Cola Amatil, Bleacher Report, Habitat for Humanity, Rapid City Area Schools, TEDxRapid City, South Dakota Chiropractors Association, GBA Inc. General Contractors, and The Man Salon.

Commissioned work

'People Are Dying Here': Federal Hospitals Fail Tribes - The Wall Street Journal, July 2017

Hand-Held Journalism in Harrowing Times - The New York Times, July 2017

The last clinics - VICE News, May 2017

A Red State's Arts Blues - The New York Times, April 2017

Support for Trump Continues in Coal-Dependent Wyoming - The Wall Street Journal, April 2017

The Dakota Access Pipeline Fight Fuels Battles Across the Country - Natural Resource Defense Council, March 2017

Nebraska May Stanch One Town's Flow of Beer to Its Vulnerable Neighbors - The New York Times, March 2017

Subculture: Foragers - Pacific Standard, Jan. 2017

The Tribe That's Suing the US Government To Keep Its Promises - Buzzfeed, Nov. 2016

Ranchers Tote Guns as Tribes Dig In for Long Pipeline Fight - The New York Times, Oct. 2016

As Wind Power Lifts Wyoming's Fortunes, Coal Miners Are Left in the Dust - The New York Times, June 2016

Bankrupt coal giant turns to grass in Wyoming to cut liabilities - Reuters, June 2016

Zeller's Zeal: Living on purpose in South Dakota - Intersection Journal, June 2016

For a private woman, joining a public transgender battle changed her life - Washington Post, April 2016

Miles apart, closer together - Intersection Journal, May 2016

As Bison Becomes More Popular, Two Views Emerge on How to Treat Them - The New York Times, Feb. 2016

Brining up the bodies: One woman's search for the remains in the Bakken oil fields - Al Jazeera America, July 2015

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Struggles With Suicides Among Its Young  - The New York Times, May 2015

 

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