Please email if you are interested in photography services or a short-form video. Tira is based in the Boston area.
Tira Khan’s photographs focus on people, family and unguarded moments. Her images are often personal, and she finds that elements of our daily lives often reflect broad, universal themes.
Her photographs have been published in the New York Times Lens Blog, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and Bloomberg Businessweek. Her series, Growing Up Girl, has been featured on Lenscratch, Musee Magazine, and What Will You Remember. She has published work in two books: We Who March, a book on the 2017 Women’s March; and Family. Life., organized through the Alexia Foundation.
Tira was recently selected by Christopher Rauschenberg as one of eleven photographers in Exposure, the Photographic Resource Center’s 22nd annual exhibition. She has exhibited in shows at the Danforth Art Museum, Griffin Museum, and Blue Sky Gallery, among others. She won first place in the New York Photo Curator contest, Vibrant, and an honorable mention in the Soho Photo National Competition in 2017. Her portfolio, Growing Up Girl, is part of a traveling exhibit, Outspoken, which explores the idea of women and girls in American culture.
She began her career as a writer, working as a staff reporter at daily newspapers. Her interest in storytelling later turned toward the visual, and she began producing short, documentary-style videos for commercial and non-profit clients. To improve her video skills, she explored photography — and discovered the allure of still images. Tira has a BA in Government and Law, and an MA in Creative Writing and Literature.
Selected Group and Juried Exhibits:
Exposure: The 22nd Annual PRC Juried Exhibition. Juror: Chris Rauschenberg. Growing Up Girl series, one of eleven photographers chosen. Photographic Resource Center, VanDernoot Gallery, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. July 11-Aug. 18, 2018
Mnemonic, H Gallery. From Growing Up Girl. [Also on Dab Art Gallery on Artsy.net and published in exhibit book.] Ventura, CA June 9-July 22
Tokyo International Foto Awards 2017, Hon. Mention, Fine Art Collage series. From Pattern Repeats. ICA Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. May 2018
International Photography Awards, Hon. Mention, One Shot: Harmony, digitally enhanced. Collage series: Pattern Repeats. April 2018
Cambridge Art Association 2018 National Prize Show. Two photographs from Growing Up Girl series.. Jurors; Michelle Grabner, Jessica Hong, Jamillah James. Cambridge, MA May 17-June 23, 2018
A. Smith Gallery, “portrait” exhibition. Juror: Alyssa Coppelman, Collage series. Johnson City, TX. April 2018
Blue Biennial National Show, presented by the Cambridge Art Association: Kathryn Schultz Gallery. Classical School, Radical Politics series. Juror: Vera Ingrid Grant. Cambridge, MA. 2017
A Selected Winner of the The Fence 2017: New England Regional Photographer’s Showcase, United Photo Industries and Photoville, Growing Up Girl series exhibited outside as public art, Boston, MA. October 2017. On view April-July 2018
Soho Photo National Competition 2017. Hon. Mention, Juror: Aline Smithson. Growing Up Girl series. Soho Photo Gallery, New York, NY. 2017
Griffin 23rd Juried Exhibition for Instagram, Various Artists, Griffin Museum of Photography online. Juror: Paula Tognarelli. Growing Up Girl series. 2017
The Curated Fridge, Spring Show. Juror: Jessica Roscio. Growing Up Girl series. Somerville, MA. 2017. Link
Intimate View, Garner Center for Photographic Exhibitions, New England School of Photography, Juror: David Hilliard, Boston, MA. 2017
Griffin Museum blog, 22nd Juried Show Blog Exhibition, curated by Paula Tognarelli, August 2016. Link.
Danforth Museum, Community of Artists, Framingham, MA. 2015
Griffin Museum, Photography Atelier 19, 20 and 22, Winchester, MA. 2014-2015
Lafayette City Center Passageway Gallery, Griffin Museum of Photography satellite, Excerpts from the Photography Atelier Exhibition, Boston, MA. 2014
Danforth Museum, New England Photography Biennial 2013, Juror: Francine Weiss. Framingham, MA
Socialdocumentary.net, Featured Exhibit. 2013
Canon Gallery at Calumet, The Ties that Bind, Cambridge, MA 2013
Photoplace Online Gallery, City Streets/Country Roads, Jurors: Rebecca Norris Webb and Alex Webb, Middlebury, VT 2013
Darkroom Gallery, We Are Family, Essex Junction, VT 2013
Nathaniel Allen House, permanent exhibition. Classical School, Radical Politics: The Nathaniel Allen House, 19th Century and Now. 2017 and ongoing.
State Library of Massachusetts, Classical School, Radical Politics, Opening night speakers: State Rep. Byron Rushing and Massachusetts Cultural Council executive director Anita Walker. Massachusetts State House, Boston, MA. 2017
Newton Free Library, Classical School, Radical Politics: The Nathaniel Allen House, 19th Century and Now. Newton, MA. 2017
Harris A. Berman Diversity Gallery, Tufts Health, Growing Up Girl, Watertown, MA. 2013
Outspoken: Seven Women Photographers. Group exhibit with: Nadine Boughton, Blake Fitch, Nancy Grace Horton, Marky Kauffmann, Rania Matar and Emily Schiffer. Photographs the series Growing Up Girl: Together/Alone. Curated by Marky Kauffman.
Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts, Providence, RI. 2018
Pine Manor College, Brookline, MA. 2017
The deMenil Gallery, Groton School. Groton, MA. 2017
Cornelius Ayer Wood Gallery, Middlesex School, Concord, MA. 2016
Nesto Gallery, Milton Academy, Milton, MA. 2014
Press and Blogs:
Lenscratch, Featured Photographer. “Fotofest Week: Tira Khan: Growing Up Girl,” by Aline Smithson. Front page of blog. May 3, 2018
Selected by Ffotogallery as a highlight of Fotofest Biennial 2018 in Houston. Instagram. Wales, 2018
Artscope, New England’s Culture Magazine, Finding A Voice: Seven Outspoken Women At Hess, January 3, 2018.
Lenscratch Blog. Article on exhibit Outspoken: Seven Women Photographers. Jan. 12, 2018. Link.
Newton Tab, Photographs of the Allen House: Then and Now, newspaper article on series Classical School, Radical Politics. 2017
Blog, What will You Remember? Photograph from Growing Up Girl published in one the month’s Best Picks. April 2017 Link
New York Times Lens Blog, A Global Look at Family and Life, Photograph from Growing Up Girl. June 29, 2015. Link.
Blog, What Will You Remember, photograph from Growing Up Girl published in article, Outspoken! 2014
We Who March, Seven photographs published, including the title page, in book on the 2017 Women’s March. ELFEL Publications. Edited by Ellen Feldman. 2017
Editorial and Commercial:
Bloomberg Businessweek, editorial commission for Retiring (Again and Again) in America, by Carol Hymowitz. September 28, 2017.
Wall Street Journal, photographs featured in Personal Journal: The Perfect “Teen Cave”, by Sue Shellenbarger. Oct. 26, 2016. U.S. and Global versions, print and digital. Front page teaser. Link.
Huffington Post, Interview with singer beccs for single Unfound Beauty, September, 21, 2016. Link.
Nylon Magazine digital edition, front page photo of singer beccs for story on video Therapy, August 24, 2016.
Recovery Campus Magazine, Recovery Changed their Tunes (for the better), article on Rebecca Gastfriend, page 28, Spring 2016. Link.
Video. Produced 4-minute documentary-style video for non-profit Health Law Advocates. Shot and edited. 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Awards + Education:
Honorable Mention, International Photography Awards, One Shot: Harmony, digitally enhanced. Collage series: Pattern Repeats. April 2018.
Honorable Mention, Tokyo International Foto Awards 2017, Fine Art Collage series. ICA Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. May 2018
Honorable Mention, 2017 Soho Photo National Competition, Soho Photo Gallery, New York, NY
Bronze Telly Award for Charitable/Non-profit Video, The Right Medicine for Reid, 35th Annual, Video Producer, New York. 2010
Bronze Telly Award for Charitable/Non-profit Video, Three Families Struggle, 33rd Annual, Video Producer, New York. 2010
Massachusetts Press Award for Investigative Reporting, South End News reporter.
Harvard University Extension School, ALM, Creative Writing and Literature.
Lafayette College, BA, Government and Law.
Talks + Teaching:
Newton Community Education, Better Family Photos class, Newton, MA 2017
Pine Manor College, artist talk on Outspoken, Brookline, MA. 2017
Cambridge Art Association, artist talk on national show Blue Biennial. 2017
Groton School, artist talk on Outspoken exhibit. 2017.