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. She enjoys photographing people in settings where they feel most comfortable — often their homes and places of work. She is also interested in the temporal — how the past relates to the present, and the passage of time. Her images are often personal, as she finds that elements of our daily lives often reflect broad, universal themes. And sometimes, the personal is political.
Her photographs have been published in the New York Times Lens Bog, The Wall Street Journal, and Bloomberg Businessweek. 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 and Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
She has exhibited in solo and group shows, including the Danforth Art Museum, Griffin Museum and Soho Photo Gallery. She was recently selected by Christopher Rauschenberg as one of eleven photographers in Exposure: The 22nd Annual PRC Juried Exhibition. Her portfolio, Growing Up Girl, is part of a traveling exhibit, Outspoken, which explores the idea of women and girls in American culture.
Tira began her career as a writer, working as a staff reporter at daily newspapers, and earning a master’s degree in creative writing. 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.
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
- Book, Family. Life. Photograph published. Organized by the Alexia Foundation and Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. 2015
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, MLA, Literature and Creative Writing.
- 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.