Photo by Adriane Ohanesian.

Photo by Adriane Ohanesian.


I am a photographer working in the Middle East and East Africa, interested in the interplay and synergy between identity and place particularly within the context of migration and statelessness. 


How does a family adapt when the community it was once knit into ceases to exist? What traditions from old lives does it recreate in its new?

How do notions of identity change when one must leave her home, country, culture? What does he cling to? What does she assimilate?

These questions frequently move me to areas of economic flux and physical conflict - places people are navigating loss and pursuing hopes, where priorities and beliefs are close to the surface. Something vital and enduring rests there even when the surrounding landscape says otherwise. I am telling stories from that space.

These stories have been published in print and online in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy Magazine, Al Jazeera, Christian Science Monitor, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, NBC, and BBC among others.


I studied geopolitics and ecology at Dartmouth College in the north of the United States, and graduated with a major in Human Geography and minor in Biology.

I speak Spanish and Portuguese fluently, Mandarin proficiently, and can order up a handful of meals in Arabic and Kinyarwanda.

I am currently based in Turkey and available for assignments worldwide.

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