Tanya Habjouqa was born in Jordan and educated in Texas, receiving her masters in Global Media and Middle East Politics from the University of London SOAS. She is known for gaining unique access to sensitive gender, social and human rights stories in the Middle East. She heavily utilizes her education in cultural and applied anthropology.
Habjouqa won the 2014 World Press Award for Daily Life Stories, was a finalist for the 2014 FotoEvidence Book Award, and recipient of the Magnum Foundation 2013 Emergency Fund.
Tanya is a founding member of Rawiya photo collective, the first all female photo collective of the Middle East. Her work has been widely exhibited, and her series “Women of Gaza” was acquired by the Boston Museum of Fine Art in 2013 and in private collections.
Based in East Jerusalem, she is working on personal projects that explore identity politics, occupation, and subcultures of the Levant.
She is published in Foreign Policy, Le Monde, British Journal of Photography, Repubblica, Io Donna, Guardian, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Wall Street Journal, New Republic, New York Times Lens Blog, Monocle, COURRiER Japon, Al Jazeera, National, Washington Post, New York Times, Time Lightbox, Boston Globe, and CNN. Clients include Riwaq, the National, Bloomberg, UNDP, UNRWA, UNESCO, USAID, and the Said Foundation.
Tanya received the 2011 SND Silver Award for her Gaza story A Life Less Ordinary, the 2007 Clarion Award for coverage of the Israel-Hezbollah War for Bloomberg and the 2006 Global Health Council award for humanitarian photography with her Darfur coverage.
She is represented by East Wing, an international platform for photography, founded in Doha, Qatar.
See more of her work here. See her lecture Saturday February 7th.