Ariana McLaughlin is a photographer based in New York.
Ariana’s artistic goal is to document everyday flashes that generally go unnoticed, in order to challenge viewers to reevaluate and more deeply contemplate our social paradigm shift. The poignant imagery raises questions for society as a whole, provoking the viewer to interrogate our culture, to ask what is happening and why. Her work documents everyday moments during routine activities at mundane locations, capturing the flicker of unrecognized movement or unrealized scenes.
In July of 2020, Ariana's project 'She' was selected as a finalist for the Fresh Summer Annual Exhibition with Klompching Gallery. The show features new contemporary fine art photography by upcoming artists.
In addition to commissions, Ariana is currently working on a series of personal projects. She also enjoys public speaking and teaching university students and mentoring creatives.
During her last semester at the globally recognized photojournalism program at Western Kentucky University, she was a nominee for The Santa Fe Prize for her work documenting the effects of sexualized advertising on young girls.
Ariana's work has been published nationally and internationally in publications including M&C SAATCHI, EE, New York Times, Time Magazine, OZY Media, Medium with Matter Magazine.
Prior to dedicating her time to shooting, she was a photo editor at The New York Times and other New York-based magazines. Her collaborative work as a photo editor received an Award of Excellence for Print Newspaper Visual Editing in 2017, as well as team awards in Pictures of the Year International (POYi) in Print Newspaper Visual Editing, 2017-2019, SPD 49 Magazine of the Year, the New York magazine team in 2014.