Carolyn Drake was born in California and studied Media/Culture and History in the early 1990s at Brown University. Following her graduation from Brown, in 1994, Drake moved to New York and worked as a interactive designer for many years before departing to engage with the physical world through photography. Drake works on long term photo-based projects seeking to interrogate dominant historical narratives and creatively reimagine them. Her practice embraces collaboration and has in recent years melded photography with sewing, collage, and sculpture. She is interested in collapsing the traditional divide between author and subject, the real and the imaginary, challenging entrenched binaries. She is the recipient of many awards, including a Guggenheim fellowship, the Anamorphosis Prize book prize, and a Peter S. Reed Foundation grant, and she is a member of Magnum Photos. Her work has been published widely, in publications such as The New Yorker, Aperture, The New York Review of Books, and The New York Times Magazine.