Gihan Tubbeh


In 2009, she was one of twelve photographers selected for the Joop Swart Masterclass. In 2010, Tubbeh was awarded first prize in the Daily Life, stories category of the World Press Photo Photo Contest. That same year, she was selected to join the Reflexions Masterclass, directed by Giorgia Fiorio, in different locations around Europe, for three years. In 2011, she was chosen as Photographer of the Year of the Pictures of the Year International (POYI).

Her work has been exhibited in France, Spain, China, Peru, Brazil, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Greece, Ireland, U.S., Guatemala, among others.

She has participated in numerous international festivals of photography, including Angkor Festival of Photography, Les Recontres d’Arles, Noorderlicht Photofestival, Obscura Festival of Photography, Paraty em Foco, Dali International Photography Festival, Foro Latinoamericano de Fotografía de Sao Paulo, PhotoIreland, and Monat der Photographie.

Tubbeh has led workshops for local and international photographers and editors in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Colombia.

Gihan´s photographic work focuses on universal human feelings, on inherited and deep-rooted instincts, and on finding beauty where apparently there is none. In her projects, opposites bond and coexist: tenderness and violence, vulnerability and power, beauty and horror, the romantic with the wild. Gihan´s work blends both documentary and the imaginary, alternating reality with fiction and the autobiographical. The idea of survival is a persistent statement throughout her projects.

Gihan Tubbeh