Tanya Habjouqa (Jordan, 1975) is a documentary photographer with a primary interest in gender, social, and human rights issues in the Middle East. Her principal interests include gender, representations of otherness, dispossession and human rights, with a particular concern for ever-shifting sociopolitical dynamics in the Middle East. Represented by NOOR, she approaches her subjects with sensitivity but also with an eye for the absurd. She is the author of Occupied Pleasures, heralded by TIME magazine and the Smithsonian as one of the best photo books of 2015. Tanya is a founding member of Rawiya, the first all female photo collective of the Middle East. She lectures ‘Narrative and National Identity in Photography’ at Al Quds Bard University.
Trained in journalism and anthropology with an MA in Global Media and emphasis on Middle East Politics from University of London SOAS, Habjouqa produces in-depth narratives that offer nuanced alternatives to mainstream media depictions of her subjects. Her work often reflects a desire to trace common humanity. Tanya Habjouqa is a member of Noor and represented by East Wing, an international platform for photography founded in Doha, Qatar. She is currently based in East Jerusalem.