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Amina Cruz was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and Tampa, FL. She hitchhiked around the country before deciding to move to New York City, where she earned her BFA in Photography from Parsons School of Design.

Her interests are based in queer culture, film/analog photography, and exploring the space between transformation and identity. Her current work explores the culture of brown queer punks, on the east side of Los Angeles. Amina volunteers at various community organizations. She has been an active panelist at MOLA and La Plaza de Cultura y Artes. Her work has appeared in multiple television shows and features.