Tiana Markova-Gold is a documentary photographer and visual artist based in Brooklyn, New York. She received a NY Times Scholarship to attend the full-time Photojournalism Program at the International Center of Photography in 2006-07. She is a co-founder of Sombra Projects, a collective platform for socially conscious art and documentary media. She has traveled extensively, documenting social issues with a particular focus on women and girls.
Tiana’s photographs have been recognized in numerous photography contests including Pictures of the Year International, New York Photo Awards, PDN Photo Annual and American Photography. Her work has been exhibited at Sasha Wolf Gallery, Exit Art and HOST Gallery in London, England and has been featured at international photo festivals including Lumix Festival of Young Photojournalism in Hannover, Germany, LagosPhoto in Lagos, Nigeria and GuatePhoto in Guatemala City. Her first solo show, Scènes et Types, opened at the Camera Club of New York in the spring of 2013.
Since the spring of 2007, Tiana has been working on an in-depth project about the lives of women in prostitution. This project has included work in the United States, Macedonia and Morocco. Based on this work she has been awarded several fellowships and grants including a 2009 photography fellowship from the Johnson & Johnson Foundation, for which she traveled throughout Asia and the Pacific, photographing social services projects in nine countries across the region. In April and May 2009 she traveled to Nigeria and Brazil as the recipient of a fellowship from Global Fund for Children (Grassroots Girls Initiative) and the Nike Foundation (Girl Effect), documenting the work of several local organizations whose aim is to empower, protect and educate adolescent girls and young women. Tiana is a 2012 Camera Club of New York Darkroom Resident, 2010 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Photography and 2010 recipient, with writer Sarah Dohrmann, of the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University for their work about prostitution and the marginalization of women in Morocco.