Raised in the hill country of northwest Arkansas, Deborah Luster studied literature and creative writing at the University of Arkansas. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of America Art; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Smithsonian Museum and the New Orleans Museum of Art, among others. Her awards include the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (with C.D. Wright); the first Baum Award for An Emerging American Photographer (in conjunction with the Friends of Photography); a John Gutmann Photography Fellowship; a Peter S. Reed Fellowship; and an Anonymous Was A Woman Award. Luster has published two monographs, both with Twin Palms Publishing, One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana (2003), and Tooth for an Eye: A Chorography of Violence in Orleans Parish (2011). She now lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.