Samantha Contis was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1982. She received her BFA from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in 2004 with a degree in Photography + Imaging and Art History. In 2006 she was awarded a fellowship through the Tierney Family Foundation. Recently, she was selected through Art + Commerce as one of 11 emerging photographers worldwide for PEEK2007. Her work will be published in October in an issue of Capricious magazine. She is currently enrolled in the MFA program in photography at Yale University.