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Tanya Habjouqa


Publications: An Excerpt From the Book “Occupied Pleasures”

[Hayat (left) teaches yoga to the residents of her village, Zataara, on the outskirts of Bethlehem in the West Bank. The women are increasing in number each week. Photo by Tanya Habjouqa.]

[The book Occupied Pleasures, by Tanya Habjouqa, was published by FotoEvidence, 2015. All photos by Tanya Habjouqa. The excerpts below are from “Ephemeral Moments of Pleasure: Tanya Habjouqa’s photography,” by Laleh Khalili, published in Occupied Pleasures.]   When war, colonialism, or extreme political violence become the scaffolding of everyday life, photojournalism emerges as the most prevalent document recording the enormity of the prevailing conditions. This ...

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Tanya Habjouqa

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 represented by Panos.

Habjouqa’s photographs focus on gender, social, and human rights issues in the Middle East. She approaches her subjects with sensitivity but also with an eye for the absurd.  Her book Occupied Pleasures was selected by Time magazine and Smithsonian as one of the best photo books of 2015 and the series won her a World Press Photo in 2014.

She is a mentor on the groundbreaking education program by Magnum Foundation, Prince Claus Foundation, and AFAC's Arab Documentary Photography Program, fostering growth of long term documentary projects from emerging photographers across the Arab world. Habjouqa served as a judge and later as a master for the World Press Joop Swart Master Class.

Based in East Jerusalem, she is working on personal projects that explore identity politics and subcultures of the Levant. Her work has been widely exhibited, and acquired in the permanent collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Art, Institut Du Monde Arabe, and the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Tanya is a founding member of the Rawiya photo collective, the first all female photo collective of the Middle East. She is also represented by East Wing Gallery, an international platform for photography, founded in Doha, Qatar.