Diana Markosian

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Diana Markosian
Born1989 (age 29–30)
Moscow, Russia
NationalityAmerican, Russian
EducationUniversity of Oregon
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
OccupationDocumentary photographer and writer

Diana Markosian (born 1989) is an American and Russian[1] artist of Armenian descent, working as a documentary photographer, writer, and filmmaker.

She is known for her photo essays, including Inventing My Father, about her relationship with her father, and 1915, about the Armenian genocide.

Personal life[edit]

Markosian was born in Moscow. In 1996, she moved to California with her mother and her brother, while her father remained in Russia.[2][3][4] She had no contact with him until 23, when she found her father in Armenia, after 15 years of being apart.[5]

Markosian graduated summa cum laude from the University of Oregon with a bachelor of arts in history and international studies in 2008, and earned a Master of Science from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in 2010 at the age of 20.[6]

2011 incident in Azerbaijan[edit]

In 2011, Markosian was sent to Azerbaijan as a photojournalist for Bloomberg News, but she was denied entrance to the country, which was at war with Armenia at the time.[citation needed] Markosian is of Armenian descent but not a citizen of Armenia. The authorities said they couldn't provide her with the "security" she would need because of her Armenian last name.[7][8]


Markosian began her career at 20. Her editorial and personal work has taken her to some of the most remote corners of the world. She worked on assignments for publications including National Geographic Magazine, The New Yorker and The New York Times. For her first assignment for National National Geographic Magazine in 2015, she was commissioned to explore the power and legacy of the Virgin Mary. This ability to photograph “things that are no longer there”[citation needed] has become a signature of her work. Her images have since been published by The Financial Times, World Policy Journal, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Times, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, amongst other publications.[9][10]


She won the Columbia School of Journalism's annual photography prize, and was chosen as a duPont Fellow.[11] She was selected for the Joop Swart Masterclass from World Press Photo and was the winner of the Magnum Emerging Photographer Fund in 2013.[12] In 2015, she was selected as the first recipient of the Chris Hondros Emerging Photographer Award.[13] The same year, the British Journal of Photography selected her in its global survey of "Ones to Watch".[14] In 2016, Markosian became a nominee member of Magnum Photos.[15] In 2018, she was awarded the Elliott Erwitt Fellowship to travel to Cuba, where she documented the coming of age of young girls in Havana.[16][17] The work she created was exhibited as a solo show at the Grand Palais in Paris Photo and Photo Espana.[18] She was awarded 1st Place in Contemporary Issues from World Press Photo for an image of Pura, a young girl who was diagnosed with a brain tumor as a child, and was photographed celebrating her quinceanera. [19]


  1. ^ "Citing ethnicity, Azerbaijan bars photojournalist". Committee to Protect Journalists. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Diana Markosian". Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  3. ^ Kerri MacDonald (26 January 2011). "Stay One Minute Longer to Get the Picture". Lens. The New York Times. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Diana Markosian: Chernobyl's Desolate Zone" Archived 18 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine, Private Archives. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
  5. ^ https://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/15/a-daughters-search-for-an-absent-father/
  6. ^ "Diana Markosian". Pulitzer Center. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Citing ethnicity, Azerbaijan bars photojournalist". Committee to Protect Journalists. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Bloomberg Photojournalist Deported from Baku". Asbarez.com. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  9. ^ "Spotlight on Diana Markosian". The Image, Deconstructed. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  10. ^ "Diana Markosian". Diana Markosian. Archived from the original on 18 January 2013. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  11. ^ "Diana Markosian '10 wins photography award". News. Columbia Journalism School. 9 December 2010. Archived from the original on 21 December 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  12. ^ "Emerging Photographer Fund's official site". Archived from the original on 17 November 2015.
  13. ^ "British Journal of Photography".
  14. ^ Seymour, Tom (7 January 2015). "BJP #7832: Ones to Watch". British Journal of Photography. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  15. ^ http://www.bjp-online.com/2016/06/magnum-photos-announces-two-new-nominee-members-following-its-69th-agm
  16. ^ "Diana Markosian. Over the Rainbow". PHotoESPAÑA. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  17. ^ "Gallery | Elliott Erwitt Havana Club 7 Fellowship". www.havana-fellowship.com. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  18. ^ "Quince: Coming of Age in Cuba • Diana Markosian • Magnum Photos". Magnum Photos. 23 October 2018. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  19. ^ "Diana Markosian CI | World Press Photo". www.worldpressphoto.org. Retrieved 31 July 2019.

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