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Abby Kraftowitz          

Freelance Portrait and Editorial Photographer; Work Featured in TIME Magazine

Abby Kraftowitz is a visual journalist living in Phoenix, Arizona. Her projects highlight both the strength and vulnerability of the human spirit, often in relation to health and healing. Kraftowitz also spent several years studying with artists and photographers from around the world, refining her unique way of seeing.

Kraftowitz is a Pittsburgh-born portrait and editorial photographer. After working in community development and traveling for several years, Kraftowitz returned to her hometown to earn her bachelor's degree in photography in 2012 from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Her photographs have appeared in exhibitions in New York, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and Madurai in India.

With over ten years in the field, Abby’s work has been widely commissioned, published and exhibited by places such as the Homeless Children's Education Fund, Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, TIME, The Eye of Photography, Slate, the Southern Vermont Art Center, and the Madurai International Photography Festival.

She has received accolades from photography organizations including the Photographic Society of America, Eddie Adams Workshop, and the New York Times. Kraftowitz is available for national and international projects.

Most notably, Kraftowitz photographed couple "Dave and Danni," husbands who "fight ALS with love." The photo was featured in an article by TIME.

The couple shared their battle against ALS with Kraftowitz, who began filming and photographing them in 2015. “I was inspired by their capacity to celebrate life and love in the face of this disease,” Kraftowitz says. “You enter their house, and you feel it everywhere. They created that for themselves.”

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See How One Couple Is Fighting ALS With Love

When he was just 43, David Adox, an account planner for a creative agency, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ALS—or Lou Gehrig’s disease, as it’s sometimes called—is a neurological disease that attacks the body’s nerves, causing weakness and disabilities. People with ALS lose the ability to move all their muscles, and many eventually need support to breathe. The disease affects more than 12,000 people in the United States, and it is always fatal.

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