100 Words: Photographers Speak

100 Words On Women In Morocco: Collage Conveys What A Photo Cannot

Tiana Markova-Gold is a freelance documentary photographer based in Brooklyn. In 2010, she and writer Sarah Dohrmann received a prize from Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies to work on their project in Morocco, focusing on women's issues. Markova-Gold discusses her series, "Scenes et Types":

1 of 10

View slideshow i

In the spring of 2011, I spent 3 1/2 months in Morocco working with writer Sarah Dohrmann on a collaborative project about prostitution and the marginalization of women. ...

I was spending time with and photographing women who were pushed to the edges of society — single mothers, divorcees, prostitutes. Many of these women did not feel safe having their faces photographed. Some didn't feel safe being photographed at all, but it was important for them to talk about their experiences.

I began to use the collages as a way to protect the women's identities (when necessary) while expressing what I understood about their lives, and examining my own perceptions and experiences in the process.

More of Markova-Gold's work can be found on her website and on fotovisura.

100 Words is a series in which photographers describe their work, in their own words. Curated by Graham Letorney



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from