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 an M.A in Photography and Urban Cultures

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. She combines traditional landscape and portrait photography,

with conceptual still-life images created using objects from the spaces and people she works with. Her current practice focuses on

themes of ecology centred around the landscape and memory. Though this she explores the tension between the Urban (man) 

and the Rural (nature). She is interested in learning the stories we as humans imprint onto the landscape and in return the

stories those landscapes tell about us.



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

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



2018 - The Songlines of the Here+Now, Solo Show, Argentea Gallery, Brimingham. (Upcoming)

2018 - Invisible Cartographies, The Urban Photographers Group Shop, Lisbon (Upcoming)

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 - 'BFP Open - Short list', Brighton Photo Fringe, Brighton.

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 - BPF16 Open, Shortlist.

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 - Curators Talk, Songlines of the Here+Now, Birmingham City University, Argentea Gallery, Birmingham,

2018 - Artist Talk, Photography and the Landscape, Symposium, Argentea Gallery, Birmingham,

2018 - Lecturer at the International Urban Photography Summer School - IUPSS - Goldsmiths London.

2018 - Artist Talk, Politics of the Real, Symposium - The Photographers Gallery, London.

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 - Artist Talk, 'Memory and Movement' Urbiquity Urban Lab, APT Gallery, London.

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

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, P31 Gallery Lisbon.

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

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




Palm* Studios

Lodestars Anthology

Papersea Quarterly

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, Mutina Journal, Nokia, Rakes Progress Magazine, Spaces, Shoreditch Trust, Some Ideas Magazine, 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.