Lanna Apisukh is a portrait, food and documentary photographer based in New York City. With a background in skateboarding and an extensive athletic career as a former elite gymnast, she is drawn to photographing dynamic individuals, communities and subcultures. Her work explores people and their relationship to place, culture and identity through bold and colorful stories she creates in her imagery. 

Lanna is a Bachelor of Arts graduate of the University of Washington and  expanded on her photography education at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her subjects span from TV personalities, skateboarders and celebrity chefs to artists, everyday people and their surroundings.    

As a Thai-American and the daughter of immigrant parents and former restaurant owners and cooks, Lanna had also developed a deep appreciation for food at a young age and its connection to family and culture which can be seen in her profiles with restaurants. 

Lanna is a member of Diversify Photo and became a FUJIFILM ambassador in 2020. She is a frequent contributor at The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Eater and The New Yorker.  In addition to her photography work, she has provided mentorships, creative education and workshops to her Brooklyn community through Contact Photo and The Bridge programming. Lanna was also a founding member of Seeing Collective, an artist group hosting talks, photo exhibitions and critiques to foster community and a supportive network within the photo industry.

Lanna is available for assignments and commissions. 


Lanna's selected archive is syndicated through Redux Pictures.

Portrait of Lanna by Fiona Veronique. 

Selected Clients & Publications

The New York Times 
The Wall Street Journal
New York Magazine
The New Yorker
The Atlantic 
The Guardian
Financial Times
TIME Magazine
NBC Today Show 
Business Insider

Associated Press
Men's Health (Hearst Magazines) 
British Journal of Photography
Communication Arts 
It's Nice That
Office Magazine
A+E Networks (Lifetime) 
Lomography Magazine
The Criterion Collection
Platform (David Zwirner Gallery)
Red Bull / Red Bulletin magazine
Bust Magazine

Exhibitions, Honorable Mentions & Presentations  

- Best Arts Photos of 2023, The New York Times (Dec 2023) 
- Photos That Defined The Styles Desk in 2023, The New York Times (Dec 2023)
- Everybody Skate (Solo exhibit) Contact Photo Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (Sept-Oct 2023)
- AI-AP 39 (American Photography) Chosen Winner (April 2023)
- Float Magazine, Curator : "If It Makes You Happy" Online Exhibition (Feb 2023)
- 212 Photography Festival 2022:  "Create Next" Exhibition with Converse, Istanbul, Turkey (Oct 2022) 
- FUJIFILM Fujikina Festival, Photography Exhibition, The Glass House - New York City (Sept 2022)
- Photoville Festival 2022: Everybody Skate Solo Exhibition, LES Skatepark, NYC (June 2022) 
- Her Justice Annual Photography Auction & Benefit, Curated by Cathy Kaplan at Aperture Foundation (May 2021 & 2022) 
- Welcome Back: The Show Will Never End, Float Magazine Group Exhibition, Queens, NY (May 2021) 
- Relief Markt Group Exhibition, Waterfront Studios, Brooklyn, NY (Dec 2020) 
-  NY Photo Salon x School of Visual Arts, Online Presentation (Oct 2020) 
-  Smokey Vale Gallery 'Community' Group Exhibition, Brooklyn, NY (Sept 2020)
-  Czech Center New York ‘Still Cities’ Exhibition, New York, NY (June 2020)
-  Humble Arts Foundation: Group Show 63, 'Love Actually' (Nov 2019)
-  Seeing Collective x BKC ‘Disconnect’ Group Show, Brooklyn (Oct 2019)
-  Lomography 'Metropolis' Group Show, Brooklyn, NY (Aug 2019) 

Workshops & Events

- Fun with Flash Workshop hosted with Poupay Jutharat & Lucia Buricelli at Contact Photo (May 2023)
- Guest speaker (Digital Media + Food) at NYU, (April 2023) 
- International Center of Photography, Guest Speaker at Teen Academy (Dec 2022)
- The New York Times Portfolio Review, Attendee (March 2022)
- Eddie Adams Photojournalism Workshop XXXIV, Student (Class of 2021) 
- Fujifilm x Flickr/Smugmug Photo Critique, Guest Speaker (June 2021)
- ICP Teen Academy, Guest Speaker (May 2021)
- NEST x Madewell Hometown Heroes - Product Photography workshop, Guest Instructor (May 2021)

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With a long history in producing photographic films and digital imaging equipment, FUJIFILM X-Series and GFX cameras have been some of my favorite gear to work with over the years. 

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