Dana Lixenberg, 1964, The Netherlands, lives and works in New York and Amsterdam. She studied photography at the London College of Printing and at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. She has received commissions from magazines as New York Times Magazine, Newsweek and Vibe among others. Next to her commissioned and editorial work she focuses on long-term projects. She concentrates on humans, often at the margins of society. Dana is capable of stripping down any pretences resulting in pure portraits. Amongst the books she has released is The Last Days of Shishmaref. It explores the intricate relationship between the inhabitants of the island Shishmaref in Alaska and the rough landscape. It shows a community with an uncertain future. Dana works with a 4x5inch camera. In her series United States she portrayed American citizens from various layers within the US population including celebrities as Prince and Leonard Cohen. The following images come from the series The Last Days of Shishmaref, United States and Favela Police.