Tira Khan is a visual artist who uses photography, video and text to tell a story. She began her career as a writer, working as a staff reporter at daily newspapers, and earned 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.
Tira’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 deeply personal, as she finds that elements of our daily lives may reflect broader, more 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 the Huffington Post, among others. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows, including the Danforth Art Museum and the Griffin Museum. Her portfolio, Growing Up Girl, is part of a traveling exhibit, Outspoken, which explores the idea of women and girls in American culture.
Selected Exhibitions and Publications
New England Regional Photographer’s Showcase, an annex exhibition to The Fence 2017.
2017 Soho Photo National Competition, Hon. Mention, Soho Photo Gallery, New York, NY
The Curated Fridge, Spring Show 2017, Juror: Jessica Roscio. Somerville, MA. Link
Photograph published on What will You Remember? A Photography Blog by Elin Spring. April 2017 Best Picks. Link
Garner Center for Photographic Exhibitions, New England School of Photography, Intimate View, Juror: David Hilliard. Boston, MA
The deMenil Gallery, Groton School. Outspoken: Seven Women Photographers. Group exhibit with: Nadine Boughton, Blake Fitch, Nancy Grace Horton, Marky Kauffmann, Rania Matar and Emily Schiffer. Groton, MA
Wall Street Journal, The Perfect “Teen Cave”, by Sue Shellenbarger. Oct. 26, 2016. U.S. and Global versions, print and digital. Link.
Huffington Post, Interview with beccs for song Unfound Beauty, September, 21, 2016. Link.
Nylon Magazine digital, Therapy, beccs music video, front page, August 24, 2016.
Griffin Museum blog, 22nd Juried Show Blog Exhibition, curated by Paula Tognarelli, August 2016. Link.
Recovery Campus Magazine, Recovery Changed their Tunes (for the better), Rebecca Gastfriend, page 28, Spring 2016. Link.
Cornelius Ayer Wood Gallery, Middlesex School, Outspoken: Seven Women Photographers at Middlesex, Concord, MA
New York Times Lens Blog, A Global Look at Family and Life, June 29, 2015. Link.
Book, Family. Life. A global collaborative student project about family. Organized by the Alexia Foundation and Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
Lensculture, selected for an invitation-only portfolio account
Danforth Museum, Community of Artists, Framingham, MA
Griffin Museum, Photography Atelier 22, Winchester, MA
Lafayette City Center Passageway Gallery, Griffin Museum of Photography satellite, Excerpts from the Photography Atelier Exhibition, Boston, MA
Nesto Gallery, Milton Academy, Outspoken: Six Women Photographers, Milton, MA
Elin Spring Blog, What Will You Remember (2014) http://elinspringphotography.com/blog/outspoken/
Griffin Museum, Photography Atelier 20, Winchester, MA
Griffin Museum, Photography Atelier 19, Winchester, MA
Danforth Museum, New England Photography Biennial 2013, Framingham, MA
Harris A. Berman Diversity Gallery, Tufts Health, Growing Up Girl, Solo Exhibition, Watertown, MA
Socialdocumentary.net, Featured Exhibit.
Canon Gallery at Calumet, The Ties that Bind, Cambridge, MA
Photoplace Gallery Online Gallery, City Streets/Country Roads, Middlebury, VT
Darkroom Gallery, We Are Family, Essex Junction, VT
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 (2014)
Bronze Telly Award for Charitable/Non-profit Video, Three Families Struggle, 33rd Annual, Video Producer, New York (2010)
Massachusetts Press Award for Investigative Reporting, (1994)
Harvard University Extension School, MLA, Literature and Creative Writing
Lafayette College, BA
updated July 2017