Author Archives: Tamar Granovsky

About Tamar Granovsky

Tamar Granovsky is a Boston-based photographer. In 2018 she was named LensCulture’s Top 50 Emerging Talents. She has been included in various juried group exhibitions including the 5th Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography in Barcelona, Photography Now 2017, at the Center for Photography in Woodstock, and the 22nd Juried Show: Peter Urban Legacy Exhibition at the Griffin Museum. Prior to her career as a photographer Tamar had several solo and group exhibitions in mixed media sculpture installation, in Canada, and was a recipient of a Canada Council Exploration Program Grant. Her work in photography follows a career in sculpture, with a 17 year hiatus from the arts in between. Tamar’s great love for photography has to do with the reflective, evocative, and grounding properties of the medium.

Siren Song : Bronze Winner in the Portfolio Category – Tokyo International Foto Awards

Palm Tree. Salton City, California. 2019.

I am so very pleased to announce that the work for my project Siren Song was awarded Bronze Winner in the Portfolio Category at the 2019 Tokyo International Foto Awards. Here you can see what I submitted.

I thank the jurors so very much! It is truly great encouragement. I also thank Susan Burnstine for all of her support as a mentor. And… how can I not thank the friends I made over the years I have visited the Salton Sea in California’s Imperial Valley. Grazie mille Bill e Tina for making me feel a part of your wonderful family and introducing me to your friends. When I go to the Salton Sea it is like returning home.

Tree and Brush. Westmoreland, California. 2019.

Baughman Road, Westmoreland, California. 2019.

Inside-out. Bombay Beach, California. 2019.

W. Eddins Road. Calipatria, California. 2019.

The Salton Sea Revisited

Telephone Poles. Salton Avenue, Salton City, California. 2019.

Earlier this month I returned to the Salton Sea for the second time this year. When I was there in March I felt, for the first time, that I was almost able to touch the ghosts that I have always perceived in this part of California. Wherever I went, they followed; they were nearly within grasp. This visit I was more grounded but still seemed to step in and out of the real world and the world of dreams and apparitions.

These are a few of the images that came from this trip.

Garvey Rd. Off Route 86 in the Imperial Valley. The Salton Sea, California. 2019.

Buck and Orr Roads. Off Route 86 in the Imperial Valley. The Salton Sea, California. 2019.

Pelican Island Ct. with Santa Rosa Mountains in the background. Salton City, California. 2019.

Avenue A. Westmoreland, California. 2019.

Tree. Kalin Road, Outside Brawley, California. 2019.

Fourth Street. Niland, California. 2019,

Avenue D. Bombay Beach, California. 2019.


The Fence 8th Edition, New England Regional Showcase in Boston, 2020

Siren Song

I am pleased to say that work from my ongoing project, Siren Song (photos taken at the Salton Sea in California), has been chosen for the The Fence: New England Regional Showcase, in Boston in 2020. Here is a link to the site where you can see the work of all eight whose work shall be displayed :

Unabashedly (almost), I ask you to vote for my work for the People’s Choice Award and thank you in advance. I have to admit, though, that I do not really know how this process works. Is it a matter of who asks the most people to vote or do people simply stumble across this page and then vote? I have no idea. No matter, I’m so very excited that my work will be exposed in such a public venue, next year. It’s quite an honour and I thank jurors Meg Birnbaum, Erin Carey, Karen Davis, Iaritza Menjivar, Elin Spring, and Paula Tognarelli. Thank you SO very much!


The Salton Sea : My Siren Song

Palm Tree. Salton City, California. 2019.

Since December 2015 I have been pursuing my project Siren Song – a body of work that centres on the desert landscape of California’s Salton Sea. Although I have always known that it is the sparseness, the desert’s horizon, the open terrain, and the distant mountains that draw me in, I did not fully recognize what, specifically, called out to me and made me want to keep taking photographs there. The project continuously evolved and, very slowly, revealed itself – culminating in new and different work during last month’s trip. I have been moving steadily toward this but, to my amazement, it has taken seven visits to the area (a total of about 18 weeks) for me to finally figure out what has pulled me back to this environment, over and over again – what has been haunting me throughout.

For me, the area around the Salton Sea has a ghost-like feeling. It is the silence and emptiness, the realness and rawness of place, that lures me there. The streets give the illusory impression of being un-peopled yet generate a strong sense of a corporeal presence – something invisible there has always stared back at me. Although some of the photographs I made, this past visit, are steeped in the here and now most are not quite in the past, present, or the future. What I was seeing has always been there but, in some odd way, this time, this place has facilitated conjuring my own dreams and encountering my own ghosts.

Tree. Salton Sea Beach, California. 2019.

Rain Over the Desert and the Salton Sea. Salton Sea, California. 2019.

Inside-out. Bombay Beach, California. 2019.

Baughman and Forrester Roads, Westmoreland, California. 2019.

Trees. W. Eddins Road. Calipatria, California. 2019.

Tree and Brush. Westmoreland, California. 2019.

Landscape. Outside Westmoreland, California. 2019.

Don Avenue. Salton Sea Beach, California. 2019.

LensCulture’s 2018 Emerging Talent Awards

Cachoeira_ Brasil_-2

Santos Antônio de Pádua. Misiones Jesuitas Sao Francisco Rio de Igreja. Bahia, Brasil. 2015.

I’m very delighted and honoured to have been included in this year’s LensCulture Emerging Talents Award. Thank you to the Jurors for picking me as one of the top 50. The work is part of my on going project “This Miracle.”

True story: From time to time I go through my spam email in case something was thrown into it by mistake. The letter from Jim Casper informing me that I was selected was in that pile from a few days prior. Even though I doubted it was spam, I had to find out. So I wrote to him in a separate email (I had to be safe, after all). Amazingly, it was not spam. As you already know…

Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Light Bulb. Salvador, Bahia, Brasil. 2017.

Chapada Diamantina

Living Room. Arandai, Chapada Diamantina, Bahia, Brasil. 2017.

Quilombo near Cachoeira, Bahia, Brasil-2

Curtain in quilombo home. Outside Cachoeira, Bahia, Brasil. 2015.


11th Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers

Bed. Arandai, Chapada Diamentina, Bahia, Brasil. 2017.

I’m very honoured to have won Runner Up in the 11th Julia Cameron Award for the Abstract & Still Life category. Thank you to the Jurors. The work is part of my on going project “This Miracle” which is a personal exploration into the human landscape in Bahia, Brasil.

Family Photograph. Beira Rio, Chapada Diamentina, Bahia, Brazil. 2017.

Living Room. Santiago de Iguape, Bahia, Brasil. 2017.

Floor. Arandai, Chapada Diamentina, Bahia, Brasil. 2017