Karen Haberberg has spent twelve years as a professional photographer documenting stories of human resilience: the memories of a Holocaust survivor, the daily life of a developmentally disabled young adult working on a farm, and more recently, kids with rare genetic conditions. Karen’s parents lost their first child, Rafi, at age three; he died of Tay–Sachs disease before Karen was born. The memory of the child who died so young is never far from the family’s collective consciousness, and inspired the work on this project.


Karen is a New York City based lifestyle and portrait photographer. In addition to her freelance work, Karen teaches at New York University, the 92Y, the JCC of Manhattan and the International Center of Photography (ICP).

For nearly a decade, she served as the Director of Photography and Digital Media at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, where she spearheaded photography related programming for children and adults. Karen has also curated numerous exhibitions and collaborated with well-known photographers such as Annie Leibovitz, Elliot Erwitt, Joyce Tenneson, Gillian Laub, Bruce Davidson, among others.

Her photography has been shown in numerous gallery exhibitions, magazines and newspapers including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily News, Huffington Post, Time Out NY, Daily Mail, Cosmopolitan, New York Family Magazine, Forbes, and Fit Pregnancy. Her work was recently featured on ABC News and NY1.

Karen holds a BA from Brandeis University and earned her MA in Art and Photography from the ICP. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children Maya and Liam. For more information, visit Karen’s website at http://www.karenhaberberg.com.


Karen Haberberg