"Gluckstein offers more than 90 portraits of indigenous peoples from some of the world's most impoverished and oppressed populations, managing in each frame, a rare balance of formal composition and breathtaking intimacy. Her black and white photographs of men, women, and children from -- Kenya, Mexico, Fiji, Botswana, Bhutan, Canada -- are striking textured masterpieces of mood that pay a powerful homage to imperiled cultures...signaling our collective interdependence and fragility."
– Publishers Weekly
“Gluckstein’s black-and-white portraits, made over three decades, tenderly explore the theme of tribal peoples in an era of transition.”
– The New York Times Book Review
“HOT TYPE: Dana Gluckstein honors the DIGNITY of indigenous tribes”
– VANITY FAIR
"For museum director, Barbara Applegate, the power of Gluckstein’s work — on view in the exhibit “Dignity: Tribes in Transition” — can be explained by concepts posited by French philosopher Roland Barthes. All photographs have “ ‘studium,’ or the facts,” Applegate explains, but what makes Gluckstein’s images truly affecting is “punctum,” a piercing detail enabling the viewer to have a direct relationship with its subject."
"These are square portraits. The format imbues them with a sense of monumentality. Gluckstein may be focusing this body of work on change, but what most strongly comes across is the character of each sitter. The woman in “Aboriginal Artist, Australia, 1989”rests her head in her hands. She maybe spent, but like all these subjects, she has a regal presence that makes it hard to look away."
– The Boston Globe
"Dana Gluckstein is a celebrated, award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in countless campaigns, newspapers, and magazines (including ELLE!). In her 30-year career, she has captured cultural luminaries from Halston and Jane Russell to Mikhail Gorbachev and Nelson Mandela with her vintage Hasselblad camera, but perhaps her most important work has been her personal mission, photographing indigenous communities around the globe. These stunning, inspiring, and heart-breaking photos, spanning three decades and tens of thousands of miles, have been collected in a new book, Dignity: In Honor of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, out next week from PowerHouse Books. We caught up with the author on the eve of a special reception at Donna Karan's Urban Zen to talk about the project."
– ELLE USA
"Each unflinching gaze vies for attention, dragging you across the room for a closer look. The Haitian woman draped in beads and scarf, a pipe hanging from her lips. Four Bhutanese boys sitting cross-armed on a stone wall. The Herero man in the dark double-breasted suit and hipster hat, staring through shades cloaking the Namibian sun."
– Miami Herald
"Gluckstein came to understand the power of art to move the needle from “ought” to “can” while she was still a student at Stanford University (where she studied psychology, painting, and photography). In particular, she realized that images have the capacity to influence how we conceptualize and interpret the world around us. This realization resonated deeply with the young artist, whose early commercial photography campaigns took her overseas. As she traveled the globe, Gluckstein became entranced with Indigenous Peoples, many of whose ways of lives and—in some cases—very existences were under threat. Documenting these individuals in stunning photographic portraits that capture the essence of their being while also speaking to their cultural roots, heritage, and legacies became a life-long commitment; one that eventually gained Gluckestein the attention not only of the art world but also social, environmental, and political activists.
The outcome was DIGNITY; a multi-faceted, many-layered project that captures the collision of modernity and tradition, globalization and indigeneity with grace, elegance, and profound humanity.”
– Jill Deupi, Chief Curator, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami