Samantha Cabrera Friend is a  photographer, writer and researcher based in Chicago and New York. She is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. She has exhibited internationally, and has produced work for VICE Media, W Magazine, and The Olympic Channel among others. Her photographs explore the cultural expectations of female youth, personally focusing on the tradition and undocumented history of the quinceañera. 

With a methodology based in historical research and observational study, Samantha focuses on producing editorial narratives and long form stories through the greater lens of the Latinx American diaspora. 

Collaborating with local museums, publications and educational institutions within México, Argentina and the US, she continues to work towards illuminating new, historical paths of research and community around our everyday customs, rituals, and traditions.


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