5th Place Award in the “Pandemic” category. Photo by Talya Arbisser, United States.

Talya Arbisser

Award-winning photography by Talya Arbisser

Talya Arbisser is a Houston-based freelance photojournalist and documentary photographer. She has long-term projects focused on destigmatizing talking about mental health issues, individuals with special needs, the aging experience, and Houston’s art car scene. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the US and has been published in a variety of media. Arbisser grew up learning about medical and psychosocial issues from her family. Her parents are retired ophthalmologists and her maternal grandmother was a renowned psychologist. This personal history has informed much of Arbisser’s approach to her documentary subject matter. Arbisser holds a BA in sociology and a concentration in visual studies from Cornell University, as well as a certificate in photojournalism and documentary photography from the International Center of Photography. In 2018 she completed a certificate in patient advocacy through UCLA online, and is a Board-Certified Patient Advocate (BCPA) through the Patient Advocate Certification Board.

The Documentary Family Awards is an international competition in search of the insightful and meaningful ways that documentary photographers explore the interpretation of family.