“As a photographer in my personal projects I am interested in contemporary social issues that can start a long-lasting conversation or dialogue, and bring tolerance and understanding.”
Boryana is a freelance photographer born in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1981. She discovered the art of photography when she was 16 years old. In the years that followed she worked as a regular stringer-photographer for AFP (Agence France-Presse ) in Bulgaria between 2007-2010. Since 2011 she is a freelance photographer and her work is represented by the Paris based French Cosmos Press Photo Agency. Today she is contributor to The NYTimes, Financial Times, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, Foreign Policy, Aramco World Magazine, Al Jazeera, CNN, VQR, Open Society Foundations, Amnesty International, amongst others.
Boryana was Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Grantee in 2014 for « Ukraine: Crimea Under Siege », together with the journalist Dimiter Kenarov. She was also selected to take part as a local guest photographer in the international project “Danube Revisited: The Inge Morath Truck Project” / Magnum Foundation, as one of the finalists in the Inge Morath Grant in 2011 with the project “Lonely Bulgaria”.
During the years her work was exhibited at festivals as expositions and slideshow presentations in the following countries - Australia, Bulgaria, Cambodia, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Lithuania, New Zealand, Russia, UK and USA.
Boryana holds BA in Artistic and Applied Photography and MFA in Aesthetics in Photography, from the Bulgarian National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts (NATFA). She received additional trainings in Reuters (2001) during a one month-training course as an intern, in 2004 as one of the recipients of Transatlantic Culture Exchange, Credit Suisse Masterclass scholarship, Budapest, Hungary, and at NOOR-Nikon Masterclass in Documentary Photography (2011), Bucharest, Romania.
Today she is based between Bulgaria, the countries in the Balkan region, Eastern Europe, and France.
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