Jane Evelyn Atwood was born in New York in 1947, and relocated to France in 1971. She is the author of several books, including Exterieur Nuit, on the blind, published in 1998 (Editions Nathan), and Too Much Time, her landmark ten-year photographic study of women in prison, published in 2000 in the US (Phaidon) and France (Editions Albin Michel). She was the recipient of the first W. Eugene Smith Award in 1980, a World Press Photo Award in 1987, the Hasselblad Foundation Grant and Ernst Haas Award in 1994, Leica’s Oskar Barnack Prize in 1997, and the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography in 1998. Her project on land mines around the world, produced with Handicap International, was published in September 2004 as Sentinelles de l'ombre (Le Seuil, France). She is based in Paris.