Tarrah Krajnak was born in Lima, Peru in 1979. She is currently based in Los Angeles. Krajnak was awarded the Jury Prize of the Louis Roederer Discovery Award at Les Rencontres d'Arles in June 2021, the 2021 Hariban Award Grand Prize, Kyoto, Japan and the 2021 Lewis Baltz Research Fund Award. She is also a recipient of the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Her first monograph of the project El Jardín De Senderos Que Se Bifurcan was published with DAIS books in May 2021.
Krajnak is an Associate Professor of Art at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA where she is also the Director of The Munroe Center for Social Inquiry. She held teaching positions at the University of Vermont, Cornell University, and Notre Dame. Residencies include Center for Photography Woodstock (2009), Bemis (2011), and most recently Aurora Photo Center (2021), and Light Work (2021). She is also the producer and host of the podcast series "The Careful Photograph" highlighting BIPOC voices in contemporary photography.
Krajnak has exhibited widely at Honor Fraser Gallery, Houston Center for Photography, SUR Biennial Los Angeles, Filter Photo Chicago, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Center for Photography Woodstock, SF Camerawork, Philadelphia Photographic Arts Center, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Belfast Photography Festival, Unseen Amsterdam, and Les Rencontres d'Arles. She received grants from the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Vermont Community Foundation, and the Harpo Foundation.