Cara Phillips was born and raised in suburban Detroit. Her history with the beauty industry began as a child model for Ford Models and continued into her years working as a make-up artist in luxury department stores. In her late-twenties she returned to school and studied photography at Sarah Lawrence College.
Since graduating in 2007 her work has been published and exhibited internationally and she has received numerous awards. Solo exhibitions include Robert Morat Gallery in Hamburg & Station Independent Projects in New York City. Her work is in several public & private collections and her first monograph, Singular Beauty, was released in 2012 by Fw:. It was short-listed for the 2012 Paris Photo Aperture Foundation First Book Award and was selected for several best book lists.
She is the co-founder of the online exhibition site Women in Photography and a member of the international photography group Piece of Cake. When not making art she spends her time as a creative director in media & advertising.
Cara lives and works in Brooklyn.