Mini Interview With: Photographer Tanya Traboulsi

Austrian- Lebanese photographer Tanya Traboulsi was born in Austria and spent her childhood traveling between the two countries. 

Soon after graduating from University with a fashion design degree, she started developing a growing interest in photography.

Her work has been exhibited internationally in both solo and group shows, and her photographs have appeared in several notable prints and online journals such as Brownbook, Colors Magazine, Freunde von Freunden, Le Journal de la Photographie, Monocle, The Wire and others.

Her body of work documenting the Lebanese alternative music scene was assembled in the 2010 publication ‘Untitled Tracks: On Alternative Music in Beirut’ and she was awarded The Boghossian Foundation Prize for the category photography in June 2013.


Traboulsi is currently dividing her time between Austria and Lebanon.

We came back with these answers after a quick interview with the photographer:


1- What’s the only thing you’d rather see with your eye and not through your lens?

” Of course there are subjects that, photographically speaking, don’t interest me as much as others, . But i still cannot think of anything that i would rather only see with my eye than with the camera (or vice versa). I think there is something interesting in everything, it just depends on how (from which angle, which frame etc.) you see it. ”


2- The picture you’d never agree to take?

” A photo that goes beyond my notion of ethics. ”


3- As a child, what did you imagine you’d be when you grow up?

” As a child, I could never really imagine myself being a grown up or living the life of a grown up. But I did, for a little while, have the wish to become a journalist. ”


4- Who’s your favorite photographer/or picture and why?

” There are too many to name just one and I frequently discover a lot of photography on the internet or in exhibitions and books.

I recently have been very taken by Larry Sultan’s work, especially his series ‘Pictures from home’, in which he portraits his parents’ life over several years.

Other photographers whose work I admire are Taryn Simon, Alex Prager, Alec Soth, Eva Leitolf, Stephen Shore, Gregory Crewdson, Erwin Olaf, just to name a few.

I recently saw an exhibition of Stanley Kubrick’s early photography, which I found very impressive. You can already see his visual handwriting of his movies in those early images. ”


5- In your opinion, what’s the worst thing that could become of photography?

” Analog photography disappearing completely. ”