Ashburn was born in King of Prussia,
Pennsylvania, USA. Committed to humanitarianism beyond the lens, while
still in college she made five trips to Romania as a volunteer working
with neurologically-impaired orphans, and in 1997 established an American
chapter of the Romanian Challenge Appeal, becoming its first chairperson.
In 2001, the year she joined Contact Press Images, she began to photograph
the impact of AIDS in southern Africa, for which she received the
2002 Marty Forscher Fellowship for Humanistic Photography. She is
the recipient of Canons 2004 Female Photojournalist Award given
annually by the French Association of Women Journalists (AFJ) in support
for her work on AIDS. She has since produced essays on Palestinian
suicide bombers and Israeli settlers in the Occupied Territories.
She is based in New York City.
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