Joshua Sariñana
Photographer. Neuroscientist. Writer.


Joshua Sariñana, PhD, took an interest in photography as his passion in the brain and mind started to develop. As he studied neuroscience at UCLA, MIT and a Harvard research fellow, Sariñana began to switch his focus to the practice and theoretical study of photography. 

He has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Panopticon Gallery, Aperture Gallery and has shown at the Month of Photography Los Angeles, and Photoville.

Sariñana is a two-time Critical Mass Top 200 Finalist. His work has been recognized by the Sony World Photography Awards, American Photography, and LensCulture. Sariñana has published his photography in several periodicals, including PDN, Black & White, Silvershotz, and SHOTS Magazines and has been featured on Time, CNN, and an iPhone commercial. He twice received the Council for the Arts Grant at MIT.

He 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, Flashpoint Boston, and the Griffin Museum of Photography. Sariñana currently resides in Cambridge, MA.

Selected Exhibitions


First Look- Panopticon Gallery, Boston, MA (juror: Kat Kiernan, Director, Panopticon Gallery, Boston, MA)

Beyond Boundaries: LensCulture Discoveries in Contemporary Photography, Aperture Gallery, New York City, NY, Juror’s Award (juror: Daphne Palmerl, Director, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA)

Portraits – Hellerau Photography Awards, Dresden, Germany (jury: Carena Schlewitt, Matthias Flügge, Matthew Hamon, David Campesino, Christiane Mennicke-Schwarz, Andreas Krase, Yvonne Most, Jens Heinrich Zander, Ulrike Lerchl, Hilde Pank)


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

Latin American Fotografía and Ilustración 6, Los Diez - Photoville, Brooklyn, NY (jurors: Fernando Bittar, Andrés Boero, Jonas Papier, Paloma Shutes, Guido Garaycochea, Andre Wse, Javier Sirvent)

TPS 27: The International Competition - Texas Photographic Society: Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, Texas, Honorable Mention (juror: Kate Breakey, visual artist)

Wonder - The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO Juror’s Award (juror: Jean Dykstra, editor of Photograph Magazine.)


Behind the Portrait - Gulf Photo Plus, Dubai, UAE (juried)

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

Photography as Response - The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, Juror’s Award (juror: Christy Havranek, Director of Photography, HuffPost)

The Creative Portrait - The Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA (juror: Ann Jastrab, Gallery Director, RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, CA)


34th Annual Membership Exhibition - Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX (juror: Yasufumi Nakamori, Curator of Photography and New Media, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN)

Flawed|An Instant Film Exhibition - A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX (juror: Michael Kirchoff, Editor, Blur Magazine) 

Prosopagnosia - The Griffin Museum of Photography at Digital Silver Imaging, Belmont, MA, Solo Exhibition


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

Still Life/Life Still - The Dark Room Gallery, Essex Junction, Vermont (juror: Yumi Goto)

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


Mobile Magic XII - Lightbox Gallery, Astoria, OR, Juror’s Award (jury: Michael and Chelsea Granger, Director’s, Lightbox Gallery, Astoria, OR)


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


Selected Awards/Honors/Grants


American Photography 34: Selected Winner

Black & White Magazine - Portfolio Spotlight Award Winner

Dodho Magazine Black and White Photography Contest: Finalist

Photo District News, World in Focus - Selected Winner

Photolucida - Critical Mass Top 200

Photographer's Forum - Spring Contest: Honorable Mention

Prix de la Photographie Paris - Fine Art/Architecture: Silver


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 Top 200

Sony World Photography Awards - Architecture: Commended


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: Silver


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