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Perspectives Speaker Series with Hannah Kozak

May 21, 2024 at 11:00:00 PM

Perspectives Speaker Series with Hannah Kozak


Virtual via Zoom

Hannah Kozak is an award-winning photographer and a former Hollywood stuntwoman who tells stories through her pictures. She creates psychological and autobiographical photographs. Her work has been exhibited widely from Berlin, to Málaga and Barcelona, Spain. Her subjects are the people and places that touch her emotionally. She has been photographing people and places for four decades. Photography has the power to heal and help us through difficult periods, something Hannah Kozak knows firsthand from personal experience.

Her book, “He Threw the Last Punch Too Hard,” tells the story of her mother, whose physical abuse by her boyfriend left her with permanent brain damage. Since 2009, Hannah has followed her harrowing journey, and this book is their story. A story that could inspire other women to leave an abusive relationship before it’s too late. Her solo show “Survivor: My Father’s Ghosts” retraced her father’s footsteps to the eight Nazi forced labor camps he survived, premiered at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust in 2018.

For nearly twenty-five years, Hannah’s work as a stuntwoman provided the opportunity to work with notable directors such as Michael Cimino, David Lynch, Mike Nichols, Tim Burton and Michael Bay.  She worked as a stunt double for celebrated stars like Cher, Angelina Jolie, Lara Flynn Boyle, and Isabella Rossellini.  On every set, Hannah took her camera to work, capturing candid, behind-the-scene pictures that penetrated the illusion of Hollywood magic.

Hannah has turned the camera on herself, her life, and her world. She continues to look for those things that feel honest and real, using her camera as a means of exploring feelings and emotions. After decades of standing in for someone else, she is now in control of her destiny and vision.

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