Photographer. Neuroscientist. Writer.



Dr. Joshua Sariñana was born in San José, California. He obtained his neuroscience degrees at the University of California, Los Angeles and in a Nobel Prize winning lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After MIT, Sariñana became a research fellow at Harvard Medical School where he studied the computational processing of spatial navigation. Sariñana is also a freelance science communications specialist

Sariñana has had a solo exhibition at the Griffin Museum of Photography, shown at the Center for Photographic Arts, the Houston Center for Photography, the Los Angeles Center of Photography, Photoville, and the Center for Fine Art Photography.

Most recently, Sariñana was named as a Critical Mass 2017 Top 200 Finalist. His work has been recognized by the Sony World Photography Awards, Latin American Fotografía, PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris, and the Head On Photo Awards. His work has been published in several periodicals, including Silvershotz, Better Photography, and SciArt Magazine's. Sariñana's work has been featured on The Guardian, Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, Time, and CNN. One of his images was also licensed for an iPhone 6 commercial ad. He is also a two time recipient of the Council for the Arts Grant at MIT.

Sariñana has published several articles on the intersection of photography and neuroscience including in the photography periodicals Don’t Take Pictures and The Smart View. He has also been interviewed by several influential photography blogs as well as Vice Magazine. Sariñana currently resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Selected Exhibitions


  • Science Gallery Dublin, Solo Exhibition
  • 1st Annual Members Exhibition - The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO (juror: Brian Paul Clamp)
  • Latin American Fotografía and Ilustración 6, Los Diez - Photoville, Brooklyn, NY


  • The Autumn Show - The Curated Fridge/FlashPoint Boston at Gallery Gallery Kayafas, Boston, MA (juror: Brian Paul Clamp, Owner and Director, ClampArt Gallery, New York City, NY)
  • The Creative Portrait - The Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA (juror: Ann Jastrab, Gallery Director, RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, CA)
  • Portrait: Within Time + Space - South x Southeast Photo Gallery (online), Molena, GA (juror: Elizabeth Avedon)
  • Members' Exhibition - Center for Photographic Arts, Carmel, CA (jury: Elizabeth and Jan Potts)
  • 4th Annual Member’s Exhibition - Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA (juror: Paula Tognarelli)
  • 23rd Member’s Exhibition - The Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA (juror: Hamidah Glasgow)
  • Head On Mobile Prize Exhibition - Museum of Sydney, Sydney, Australia (juried)
  • ]Black and White - The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO Honorable Mention ( juror: Ann Jastrab)
  • The International Competition - Texas Photographic Society, Texas A&M University, TX (juror: Alison Nordström)
  • Allegany National Photography Exhibition - Allegany Arts Council, Cumberland, MD (juror: Shannon Thomas)
  • Photographic Arts National Exhibition - Mark Arts Galleries, Wichita, KS, Honorable Mention (juror: Polly Chandler)
  • Elsewhere - A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, Texas (juror: Fran Forman)


  • Prosopagnosia - The Griffin Museum of Photography at Digital Silver Imaging, Belmont, MA, Solo Exhibition
  • On a Road Trip - The Curated Fridge at Photoville, Brooklyn, NY (juror: Aline Smithson)
  • International Juried Competition - Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA (juror: Anna Katz)
  • Membership Exhibition - Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX (juror: Yasufumi Nakamori)
  • Portraits and Portrayals - Photosynthesisct, Manchester, Connecticut (juror: Michelle Rogers Pritzl)
  • Shadow Stories, Volume 2 - Sixteen Mile Arts Gallery, Ontario, Canada (jury: Daniel Berman)
  • Lines and Curves - PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary (juror: Zsolt Bátori)
  • Liberté de Panorama - The Smart Gallery, Paris, France (curator: Nadine Bénichou)


  • The Exposure Awards Documentary Collection, The Louvre, Paris France (curator: William Etundi)
  • Mobile Magic XX - Lightbox Gallery, Astoria, Oregon, Honorable Mention (juror: Aline Smithson)
  • Taking Pictures - Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon (juror: Melanie Flood)
  • EyeEm Photography Awards Exhibition - New York, New York (juried)
  • Shadow and Light - Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon (juror: Todd Johnson)
  • Still Life/Life Still - The Dark Room Gallery, Essex Junction, Vermont (juror: Yumi Goto)


  • Mobile Magic XII - Lightbox Gallery, Astoria, Oregon, Juror’s Award (juror: Michael and Chelsea Granger)
  • Shadow Stories - SoHo Arthouse, New York, New York (jury: Sharon R. Reaves, Dan Cristea, Cedric Blanchon)
  • Mobile Magic X - Lightbox Gallery, Astoria, Oregon, Juror’s Award (juror: Jenifer Henriksen)


  • Photo Nights Boston Photorama - Cyclorama Center for the Arts, Boston, Honorable Mention  (juried)


Selected Awards/Honors/Grants


  • Neutral Density Awards - Open Theme: 2nd Place
  • Neutral Density Awards - Editorial: 3rd Place
  • Council for the Arts Grant - The Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • PhotogrVphy Grant - Architecture: Nominee
  • Black and White Spider Awards - Abstract: 3rd Place
  • Photolucida - Critical Mass: Finalist
  • Sony World Photography Awards - Architecture: Commended
  • Communication Arts Photography Competition: Shortlist
  • Latin American Fotografía 6: Selected Winner, Los Diez
  • Moscow International Photography Awards - Fine Art: 1st Place
  • Photographer's Forum - Spring Contest: Finalist
  • Head On Photo Awards - Mobile: Finalist
  • iPhone Photography Awards - Series: 1st Place
  • iPhone Photography Awards - Travel: 2nd Place
  • Fine Art Photography Awards - Street Photography: 2nd Place
  • Prix de la Photographie Paris - Architecture and Portrait: Honorable Mention
  • The Center for Fine Art Photography - Photography as Response: Juror's Award
  • Kolga Tbisili Photography Awards - Shortlist
  • TZ International Photography Awards - Fine Art: 1st Place
  • International Photographer Awards - One-Shot:Climate Change: Honorable Mention


  • Council for the Arts Grant - The Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Monochrome Awards - Fine Art: 3rd Place
  • Latin American Fotografía 5 - Selected Winner
  • PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris - Fine Art & Nudes: 2nd Place
  • International Photographer of the Year Award - People, Architecture, Fine Art, Open Theme: Honorable Mention
  • Mobile Photography Awards - Architecture & Design, Black & White, The Darkness, Water: Honorable Mention
  • International Photography Awards - Abstract, Fine Art, Deeper Perspective, Portrait: Honorable Mention
  • iPhone Photography Awards - Abstract, Architecture: Honorable Mention
  • Fine Art Photography Awards - Abstract & Open Theme: Nominated
  • TZ International Photgraphy Awards - Abstract & Contemporary: 3rd Place


  • Mobile Photography Awards - Transportation: 1st Place
  • EyeEm Awards - Architecture: Finalist
  • Latin American Fotografía: Winner
  • American Photography 31: Chosen Winner
  • iPhone Photography Awards - Architecture, Seasons: 2nd Place


  • Mobile Magic XX: Juror’s Awards
  • Mobile Photography Awards - Architecture, Macro, Performing Arts, Transportation: Honorable Mention
  • iPhone Photography Awards - Sunset: 2nd Place


  • Photo Nights Boston - Fine Arts, Lights: Honorable Mention

Published Writing

  • Sariñana, Joshua. "Instagram and Anxiety of the Photographer." The Smart View 1, no. 2 (2016): 81-85.
  • Sariñana, Joshua. "Scene at MIT: Reflections on Stata." MIT News (June 29, 2016).
  • Sariñana, Joshua. "Nostalgia and the Collapse of Imagination." Don't Take Pictures 1, no. 5 (2015): 50-53.
  • Sariñana, Joshua. "Photography and the Feelings of Others: From Mirroring Emotions to the Theory of Mind." PetaPixel(October 25, 2014) (blog).
  • Sariñana, Joshua. "Instagram and Anxiety of the Photographer – Part III" PetaPixel(July 7, 2014 ) (blog).
  • Sariñana, Joshua. "Philosophy of the Selfie." EyeEm(May 15, 2014) (blog).
  • Sariñana, Joshua. "Instagram and Anxiety of the Photographer – Part II" PetaPixel(blog) (March 26, 2014) (blog).
  • Sariñana, Joshua. "Instagram and Anxiety of the Photographer – Part I." PetaPixel (October 7, 2013 ) (blog).
  • Sariñana, Joshua. "How Artificial Intelligence Reconstructs Our Minds and Lives Using Our Photos." PetaPixel (August 25, 2013) (blog).
  • Sariñana, Joshua. "The Decisive Moment and the Brain." PetaPixel (August 12, 2013) (blog).
  • Sariñana, Joshua. "The Science of Gear Acquisition Syndrome." PetaPixel (August 3, 2013) (blog).
  • Sariñana, Joshua.  "Manipulated Photographs, Manipulated Memories." PetaPixel (July 28 ,2013) (blog).
  • Sariñana, Joshua.  "Memories, Photographs, and the Human Brain." PetaPixel (July 20, 2013) (blog).


Published Photography

  • Bayne, A. E. "Representation of Hidden Communication." Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review 5, no. 1 (2017): 43-44.
  • Buntaine, Julia. "Prosopagnosia." SciArt Magazine 5, no. 1 (2017): 24-27.
  • Drucker, Jennifer. "Prosopagnosia." Light 1, no. 3 (2017): 64-69.
  • Dustman, Emily. "Representation of Hidden Communication." E-Squared Magazine 1, no. 2 (2017): 125-28.
  • Mitchell, Blue. "Diffusion Annual." One Twelve Publishing IX (2017).
  • "Representation of Hidden Communication." VSCO(2017).
  • Tyler, Sandra. "Prosopagnosia." The Woven Tale Press 5, no. 4 (2017): 59-60.
  • Waring, Clive. "Representation of Hidden Communication." Silvershotz Magazine 11, no. 8 (2017).
  • "Kit de Demarrage. Des Conseils Pour Prendre de Jolis Instantes". Neon Magazine 4, no. 5 (2016)
  • Parikh, Sakshi. "Elegiac Musings." Better Photography 19, no. 8 (2016): 48-53.
  • Roth, Rosa. "Joshua Sariñana." The Smart View 1, no. 2 (2016): 129-40.
  • "Memory Consolidation." Impossible Magazine 1, no. 5 (2015).
  • “Mobile Photography.” Photo Age Magazine 8, no 10 (2015)
  • Casado, Marcel. Die Angst 1, no. 1 (2015): 8.


  • “Art that wants you to step away from the phone”. CNN (October 3, 2017).
  • Yang, Lucy. “13 secrets for taking the best iPhone photos, according to award-winning photographers”  Insider (August 8, 2017).
  • Gilbert, Sarah. "Winning Entries in the iPhone Photography Awards 2017 " The Guardian (June 27, 2017).
  • "These Are the Best iPhone Photos of the Year" TIME(June 26, 2017).
  • Spring, Elin. "Take Flight!" What Will You Remember (May 31, 2017).
  • Kiernen, Kath. “Photo of the Day” Don’t Take Pictures (April 19, 2016).
  • Tommaney, Susie “Dystopian Spaces and Societal Woes Inform HCP's Juried Membership Exhibit” HoustonPress (July 26, 2016).
  • Photos & Videos. "Apple iPhone TV Commercial” (2015).
  • "EyeEm rewards creativity in mobile photography" BBC World (August 31, 2015).
  • Brooks, Katherine. "20 of the Best Photos from the EyeEm Awards So Far” HuffPost (September 9, 2015).
  • Echavarría, Christina Gómez. "What Happens to Your Brain When You Take Photos" Vice (August 14, 2015).
  • Billing, Lynzy. "These Award-Winning Photos from around the World Were Taken on an iPhone" BuzzFeed (June 15, 2015).
  • Stefani, Lucia De. "iPhone Photography Awards Winners Revealed” TIME (June 15, 2015).