Anna Boyiazis is a documentary photographer based between Southern California—where she was born and raised by her family of Aegean Islanders—and East Africa. Her storytelling suspends the illusions of human separation. Through her work, she aims to elicit compassion and bring our shared humanity to the fore. Since 2006, she has been shining a spotlight on the nearly twenty million AIDS orphans in sub-Saharan Africa and the amazing potential of young African girls to reverse this trend. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally. Exhibitions include Les Rencontres Prix Bayeux-Calvados des Correspondants de Guerre, the Havana Biennial and Arte Fiera: Women in Multimedia. She has been selected for the Canon-sponsored VII Masterclass with Antonin Kratochvil, the Eddie Adams Workshop and RISC Training Nairobi. She has been shortlisted for the CANON Female Photojournalist Award and the Center for Cultural Innovation Investing in Artists Grant. She is a recipient of the Eddie Adams Workshop XXV Los Angeles Times Assignment Award and City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowship. Her work has been recognized by the American Society of Media Photographers, 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.