Ancient Voices is a new series for DIGNITY: TRIBES IN TRANSITION, an award winning photography exhibition on Indigenous Peoples (60 portraits from around the world spanning 30 years of work). Gluckstein was invited to photograph North American Indigenous leaders, shamans, dancers, and chanters at the Traditional Circles of Elders Forum in Abiquiu, New Mexico in 2013. These leaders shared the wisdom they inherited through thousands of years of oral history and prophecies: how we are being called upon to reestablish the balance of life to preserve our planet; and how world leaders must make decisions for the seventh generation coming.
Dana Gluckstein has photographed iconic figures including Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Desmond Tutu, and Muhammad Ali, as well as award-winning advertising campaigns for clients such as Apple and Toyota. Her portraits are held in the permanent collections of museums such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Her book, DIGNITY: In Honor of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the associated international museum exhibition, DIGNITY: TRIBES IN TRANSITION, have received international acclaim and awards. DIGNITY, in association with Amnesty International for their 50th anniversary, helped create the “tipping point” for President Obama to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. DIGNITY exhibited at the U.N. in Geneva in 2011. Gluckstein spoke at the World Economic Forum, in 2013, in Davos, Switzerland on how art can impact the state of the world. The DIGNITY exhibition, presented at European museums for the past several years, and begins its U.S. tour in 2015. Gluckstein graduated from Stanford University, where she studied psychology, painting, and photography, and realized the power of images to shape consciousness. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.