Joana Toro is a self-taught Colombian photographer based in New York City and Bogotá, Colombia. Her work explores issues of immigration, human rights, and identity and has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, World Press Photo Witness, Open Society Foundations, and PhotoWorld China magazine, among others.
In 2019, Toro published her first book, Hello I Am Kitty (Tragaluz, Colombia, 2019). Hello I Am Kitty was exhibited at the Gabriel Garcia Marquez journalism festival in Medellin, Colombia. In 2020, an edition of prints from Hello I Am Kitty was acquired by the Library of Congress.
Toro's photo essays have been exhibited in international photo festivals such as Les Femmes s'exposent, France 2019; GuatePhoto, Guatemala; Just Another Festival, India; and the International Photography Festival, China.
In 2020, Toro received the Eyewitness Photojournalism Grant by the Pulitzer Center and Diversify Photo and a National Geographic COVID-19 Emergency Fund grant.