Tahia was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1996.Throughout her life she has been fascinated by images and by how they can change perceptions. At the age of 19, her photos were selected for various inter-university exhibitions in Dhaka, and in 2018 Tahia was also exhibited at the iconic Aperture Foundation in New York.
She hopes to give voice to the issues that are unheard and unseen in the world, she would also like to make people question their perceptions and the paradigms. She says “I live in two worlds; one is in my head and the other is reality and through photography I converge it. My main interest is the women in my life, I want to show their stories, and how unique a role of a women is in this patriarchal society.” She works with the concept of beauty and ugly, “I often wonder about beauty and ugliness, who was the first man/woman to point out that this is horror and that is perfection. In books, television, advertisements we are forced fed what is acceptable and what is not. I want to help for equality for all and show that through my work,” says Tahia.
She got her first international break by winning the “Special Reportage Prize” in “The New Vanguard Photography Prize” by Document Journal which in October 2018 her work was exhibited in Aperture Foundation in New York, the jury consisted of curators, editors from Document Journal, MOMA, Brooklyn Museum and Aperture Foundation. Her latest project has been in collaboration with New York times and UN women called “This is 18” photographing an 18-year-old Bangladeshi girl a project from The New York Times (@nytgender), she represented Bangladesh and got published at New York Times in 2018. She has been featured by official Instagram’s account where they showed small portion of her work where 700000 people witnessed it all over the world. She is currently studying Biochemistry in North South University and has been awarded a scholarship at the renowned photography school “Counter Foto” where she is studying in parallel with her studies.
You can follow Tahia on instagram at tahiafarhin