Photographer. Neuroscientist. Writer.


Joshua Sariñana's, PhD, passion for photography coincided with his interest in the brain and mind. After studying neuroscience at UCLA and MIT, Sariñana switched his focus to the practice and theoretical study of photography.

He has had a solo exhibition at the Griffin Museum of Photography, shown at the Month of Photography Los Angeles, 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, iPhone Photography Awards, and American Photography. His work has been published in several periodicals, including Silvershotz, Better Photography, and SHOTS Magazines. Sariñana's work has been featured on The Guardian, Buzzfeed, Bored Panda, Time, CNN, and 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 for PetaPixel, Don’t Take Pictures, and The Smart View. He has also given talks on neuroscience and photography at Trinity College, Dublin, Northeastern University, and Flashpoint Boston.

Selected Exhibitions


  • Analogue Project, Month of Photography Los Angeles -  Smashbox Studios, Culver City, CA (jury: Andrea Streiber, Steve Hiett, Ron Haviv, Kate Kuo, MaryAnn Camilleri)

  • The International Competition - Texas Photographic Society: Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, Texas Honorable Mention (juror: Kate Breakey)

  • 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


  • 23rd Member’s Exhibition - The Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA (juror: Hamidah Glasgow)

  • Black and White - The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO Honorable Mention ( juror: Ann Jastrab)

  • Head On Mobile Prize Exhibition - Museum of Sydney, Sydney, Australia (juried)

  • Members' Exhibition - Center for Photographic Arts, Carmel, CA (jury: Elizabeth and Jan Potts)

  • The Creative Portrait - The Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA (juror: Ann Jastrab, Gallery Director, RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, CA)
  • The International Competition - Texas Photographic Society, Texas A&M University, TX (juror: Alison Nordström)


  • 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)


  • Mobile Magic XX - Lightbox Gallery, Astoria, Oregon, Honorable Mention (juror: Aline Smithson)

  • Taking Pictures - Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon (juror: Melanie Flood)

  • 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)


  • Shadow Stories - SoHo Arthouse, New York, New York (jury: Sharon R. Reaves, Dan Cristea, Cedric Blanchon)


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


Selected Awards/Honors/Grants


  • American Photography 34: Selected Winner


  • Chromatic Photography Awards - Fine Art: 1st Place

  • Council for the Arts Grant - The Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Communication Arts Photography Competition: Shortlist

  • Head On Photo Awards - Mobile: Finalist

  • iPhone Photography Awards - Series: 1st Place

  • Latin American Fotografía 6: Selected Winner, Los Diez

  • Moscow International Photography Awards - Fine Art: 1st Place

  • Photolucida - Critical Mass: Finalist
  • Sony World Photography Awards - Architecture: Commended

  • 2016

  • Council for the Arts Grant - The Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Latin American Fotografía 5 - Selected Winner

  • PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris - Fine Art & Nudes: 2nd Place

  • 2015

  • Mobile Photography Awards - Transportation: 1st Place

  • EyeEm Awards - Architecture: Finalist

  • Latin American Fotografía: Winner

  • American Photography 31: Chosen Winner


  • Mobile Magic XX: Juror’s Awards

  • 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).