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 - 'Urban Memories' Urban Photographers Group Show, London Architecture Week, Goldsmiths, London. (Upcoming)

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

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

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

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

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 - Athens Photo Festival - Short List

2017 - Reclaim Photography Festival Professional Award.

2016 - Urban Photo Festival - Festival Artist.

2016 - D&AD Next Photographer - Shortlisted.

2015 - Goldsmiths Annual Fund.

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


Talks & Workshops

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.



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, Prudence, MutinaNokia, Spaces, Shoreditch Trust, Swarovski, Telegraph, Thread Magazine.


Selected Collaborations

Natalie Hardwick, Ciara O'Donovan, Johan van der Merwe, Saskia Wickins.