Tanya Houghton (Born.1985)  is a social documentary photographer based in London. She spent eight years

assisting a range of advertising and fashion photographers before undertaking a M.A to further her own practice. 

Having studied at Goldsmiths University, she comes from a background of sociology and constructed photography

and works on a range of projects. Her practice overlaps the boundaries between documentary photography

and conceptual art based practice.


Her work examines the details within the everyday, unearthing the unexpected within the familiar, it is the

desire to collect and compare them which motivates her work. Through the exploration and documentation

of the everyday networks, she explores the characteristics and memory of everyday communities,

creating multilayered works that focus on notions of home, memory and food.



2014-2015 M.A. Photography and Urban Cultures at Goldsmiths University

2004-2007 B.A. Hons Fashion Photography at London College of Fashion



2017 - Invisible Cartographies, The Urban Photographers Group Shop, Urban Photo Festival, APT Gallery, London.

2017 - Marshlands, Urban Photo Festival, Deptford High Street, London.

2017 - Organ Vida Festival, New Citizens, Screening, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia.

2017 - 'Urban Memories' Urban Photographers Group Show, London Architecture Week, Goldsmiths, London. 

2017 -' Reclaim Photography Festival', Group Show, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham

2017 -' Reclaim Photography Festival', Group Show,Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton

2017 - 'A Migrant's Tale', Solo Show, Shed Gallery, London, 

2017 - 'A Migrant's Tale', A Conversation Dinner, Shed Gallery, London

2016 - 'A Migrant's Tale', Solo Show, Urban Photo Fest Sponsored Artist, MMX Gallery,London. 

2016 - 'A Migrant's Tale', A Conversation Dinner, MMX Gallery, London

2016 - 'Photography,Memory and Archive' Urban Photographers Association, Group Show,Lewisham Arthouse, London.

2016 - 'Memory and Movement' Urbiquity Urban Lab, Group Show, APT Gallery, London.

2016 - 'Memory and Movement' Urbiquity Urban Lab, Group Show, Helikopter Cultural Space, Tallinn, Estonia. 

2016 - D&AD Next Photographers Award, London.

2016 - 'Transitional Landscape', Group Show, The Centre For Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, USA. 

2016 - 'The Other Art Fair', London. 

2015 – ‘Drift’ Group Show, Truman Brewery, London.

2015 – ‘British Journal Photography Graduate Awards’ Group Show, Truman Brewery, London.

2014 – ‘Nokia #Aires’ Group Show, Truman Brewery, London.

2009 – ‘Sleepers’ Group Show, Curtain Road Gallery, London.

2008 – ‘Lost’ Solo Show, The Foundry, London.

2007 – ‘Moving Forward’ Group Show, The Great Eastern Hotel, London.

2007 – ‘The University of the Arts’ Group Show, Royal Academy, London.



The Urban Photographers Association


Awards, Grants & Festivals

2017 - Urban Photo Festival - Artist, Guest Curator, Portfolio Reviewer.

2017 - Organ Vida Festival - New Citizens

2017 - Athens Photo Festival - Short List

2017 - Reclaim Photography Festival Professional Award.

2016 - Urban Photo Festival - Festival Artist.

2016 - D&AD Next Photographer - Finalist

2015 - Urban Photo Festival - Artist, Guest Curator.

2015 - Goldsmiths Annual Fund.

2015 – British Journal of Photography – Breakthrough Awards – Graduate Series - Winner.


Talks & Workshops

2018 - Artists Talk, Marshlands - Engaging in Urban Image Making, Symposium - Goldsmiths, London.

2017 - Artists talk, London Independent Photographers, Festival, London.

2017 - Urban Photo Festival, Guest Portfolio Reviewer, Urban Photographers Association, London.

2017 - Lecturer at the International Urban Photography Summer School - IUPSS - Goldsmiths London.

2016 - Re-curating the family archive, at The Photography, Memory, Place, Symposium, CIUL, Lisbon.

2015 - 3ff – Photography in the Community Workshop, London.

2015 - British Journal Photography & The Printspace – What next?, Artmedia. London.



2016 - 'Memory and Movement' - Urbiquity Urban Lab, Tallinn, Estonia.


Curatorial Role

2018 - Urban Photographers Association, Lisbon.

2017 - Urban Photographers Association, Urban Photo Fest, APT Gallery, London,

2015 - Drift Collective, Truman Brewery, Urban Photo Fest, London.



Lodestars Anthology

Jungle Magazine

See W Journal

A Paper Sea Quarterly

Australian Times

The South African

In A Clay Pot

Urban Photo Fest

Junko Journal

Edge of Humanity


British Journal of Photography

Urban Photo Fest

British Journal of Photography

British Journal of Photography

Metro Imaging

Urban Photo Fest

World Photography Organisation


Selected Commissions

Alla Carta, L’ArcoBaleno, In A Clay Pot Magazine,A Paper Sea Quarterly, Lodestars Anthology, Prudence, MutinaNokia, Spaces, Shoreditch Trust, Swarovski, Telegraph, Thread Magazine, We Move, White Noise.


Selected Collaborations

Christopher Baker, Katrin Baumgarten, Stefano Carnelli, Natalie Hardwick, Ciara O'Donovan, Johan van der Merwe, Ania Weksler, Saskia Wickins, Kyler Zeleny.