Diana Markosian

The documentary photographer shares her most unexpected journey.

Highly subjective takes on life's most interesting experiences.

The hardest place to access that you've ever visited — and was it worth it?

I was on assignment for the New Yorker, on my way to Myanmar, which was under an insurgency. There was a lot of preparation that went into this trip, and I remember feeling extremely unprepared for all of it. I was alone when I met a writer at an airport in China, who happened to be making the same journey as me. Together we were smuggled into the region by a rebel army. For the next month, we both found ourselves under house arrest, only traveling at night to report and make images. It was both surreal and fascinating. I can't say I've regretted any of these adventures. They've become tales of their own, and really shaped who I am.

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Diana Markosian

Diana Markosian (born in Moscow, 1989) is a Russian-American photographer of Armenian descent. Her work explores memory and place through a layered, interdisciplinary process that uses photography and video. Her photographs have been published in National Geographic, the New Yorker, and the New York Times.

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