Anna Boyiazis is a documentary photographer currently working on a project in Southwest Uganda. She’s been traveling independently to this remote pocket of Africa since 2006, underscoring the urgent need for educational opportunities for girls in developing nations. Recipient of both the 2012 Eddie Adams Workshop XXV Los Angeles Times Assignment Award and a 2011 City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowship, her work highlighting humanitarian issues has been exhibited, projected and published internationally. Exhibitions include Les Rencontres Prix Bayeux-Calvados des Correspondants de Guerre 2013 at Le Radar, Normandie, France; The Curve: CENTER Santa Fe’s Award Recipients at Photo Center Northwest, Seattle; and the 2009 Havana Biennial at Centro de Arte Comtemporáneo Wifredo Lam, Havana, Cuba. Projections include Arte Fiera 2012: Women in Multimedia at Spazio Labo’ Centro di Fotografia, Bologna, Italy; Angkor Photo Festival at the Angkor National Museum, Siem Reap, Cambodia; and Women’s Work at Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles. A finalist for the CANON Female Photojournalist Award, Center for Cultural Innovation Investing in Artists Grant, Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation Grant and Photocrati Fund Fellowship—and both a POYi Emerging Vision Incentive and UNICEF Photo of the Year nominee—her work has been recognized by CENTER, Médecins Sans Frontières, Photocrati Fund and Prix de la Photographie Paris.
Anna’s involvement with photography deepened in 2006, inspiring a mid-career transition into photography. She spent the early years of her career designing a variety of publications—predominantly books—in close collaboration with international art and architecture organizations. Projects included the design of Morphosis, architecture monograph by Thom Mayne (Phaidon Press), and Paradise Cage: Kiki Smith and Coop Himmelblau (The Museum of Contemporary Art [MOCA], Los Angeles). Anna taught at both Art Center College of Design and the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, and served a teaching fellowship at the Yale University School of Art, as Head Designer at MOCA and as Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome. Her design work was recognized by The American Center for Design, the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and Communication Arts, among others. Her work is in the permanent collections of the AIGA Archives at the Denver Art Museum, the UCLA Arts Library Artists’ Book Collection, the Yale University Art + Architecture Library and the Yale University Sterling Memorial Library Arts of the Book Collection.
Anna received an MFA from the Yale University School of Art and a BA from the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture. She is based in East Africa and Los Angeles, California, where she was born and raised by her family of Aegean Islanders.