Born in Los Angeles county in 1982. Kenny Hurtado lives in Long Beach, California. He got his start in photography working for a surfing publication at age 20. Four years later in 2007 he left the publication and began his studies in photography at The San Francisco Art Institute under Henry Wessel and Linda Connor. He was an Emerging talent finalist for The Independent Photographer. Since 2013 he has been working on a personal long term project documenting the evolving landscape of deep Northern California.
Emerald is an ongoing project-taking place in the Emerald Triangle in Rural Northern California. The Emerald is the largest cannabis-producing region in the United States. Situated through dense vast woods, running throughout Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity County. The population is roughly around 240,000 sprawled throughout the woods and in small cities such as Eureka, Arcata, and Ukiah. It’s not my intention to focus on the cannabis industry. I am drawn to the mood and tension that exists within the areas of the Emeralds changing landscape and the people that call it home.