May you live in interesting times. A fake Chinese curse
Usually family albums show the good times: birthdays, vacations, and holidays.
These albums don't show the moments of loss, sickness, and lice-infestation.
But, it is in these moments of the ordinary, the darkness, or grotesque, where families also can make strong bonds and lasting memories.
As a daughter, sister, wife and aunt, I hope that our life will be full of birthdays, vacations, and holidays. As a photographer, I know that we will have to live through those interesting times as well, so I bring a lot of film to capture the memories that we can share, remember and sigh over.
Book: Maestrapeace - San Francisco's Monumental Feminist Mural. Forward by Angela Y. Davis. (2019) Provided over 50 photos to document the history of one of San Francisco's best known murals.
Feature Articles: Sunday Times Magazine, London (2012),
The Atlantic (2012), LENS Magazine, Beijing (2011),
China Life Magazine (2010), Shanghai Daily News (2010),
Oriental Morning Post (2010).
Images in the New York Times, O Magazine,
Entertainment, Salon.com, Redbook, Utne Reader.
Awards and Shows
New York Center for Photographic Art Black and White Show
Group show: Jadeite Gallery, New York, NY
Photo Alliance/SFO Museum HOME Show
Curators: Tina Barney - Photographer; Thea Traff - Photo Editor, The New Yorker; Christopher McCall - Founding Director, Pier 24 Photography
Group show: Whiskey and Goldfish, Canessa Gallery, San Francisco, CA
International Photography Awards - Family of Man: 3 Honorable Mentions
Prix de la Photographie Paris: 2 Gold Medals, 1 Bronze, 1 Honorable Mention
Photo Review - Competition Winner: Curator Jennifer Blessing, Senior Curator of Photography, Guggenheim Museum, NYC
International Photography Awards: Honorable Mention: Fine Art. Curator: David Clarke, Head of Photography, Tate Gallery, London.
Professional Women Photographers International Competition: Juror's Selection
Solo Exhibit: Lianzhou Foto Festival, Lianzhou, China, PRC
Picturing the World Family, FIER Institute, Australia: Honorable Mention:
Group show: Snap - National Juried Photo Exhibit, Bedford Gallery, California
Solo Show: My Cousin from America, Beau Geste Gallery, Shanghai, PRC
Solo Show: Family Circus, Rayko Gallery, San Francisco California
Solo Show: Family Circus, Canessa Gallery, San Francisco California
14th Annual RATED X show, Neikrug Photographica Ltd. Gallery New York, NY
13th Annual RATED X show, Neikrug Photographica Ltd. Gallery New York, NY
These RATED X group shows included works by WeeGee, Melon, Ken Marcus,
Robert Mapplethorpe, Joel Peter Witkin, Wynn Bullock and Andre Kertesz.
"Tatjana's raw, honest snapshots offer her viewers a reflection into their own lives."
- Benjamin Li, Shanghai Daily News