Aram Balakjian is a documentary photographer and writer from London, UK.


His work has been featured in a number of publications worldwide including The Calvert Journal and Fodor’s Travel. He has also been featured in a number of international photography exhibitions.

His work covers an array of subjects, from the deeply personal, to the beautifully familiar. Above all, it is about telling stories in a way that touches on what it is to be human.

About Aram


Aram was born in London in 1983 to artist parents Dorothea Wight and Marc Balakjian. He studied Computer Animation at the NCCA, graduating in 2006 into his first job at MPC, where he worked on the special effects for films such as Narnia and Harry Potter. In 2009, Aram quit film to start his own business: a web design agency which he ran successfully for many years building relationships with clients such as the NHS and the RNIB. However, the experience of losing his mother to cancer in 2013 had a profound impact on his ambitions. In 2015 he wound down his business and boarded a plane to Ukraine, the start of a journey that would take him across three continents. While blogging about his travels, Aram discovered a love of telling stories through images and words. He returned to London in 2016 to care for his father who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. After his father’s death in 2017, Aram began to pursue photography and writing full-time.

Awards


Fourth Place
Hellerau Photography Award 2019
for project The House

Finalist
Hellerau Photography Award 2018
for project In the Presence of Absence

Publications


Kunsthaus Dresden
Print, Museum Magazine, May 2019

The Calvert Journal
Web, April 2019

The Calvert Journal
Web, January 2019

Fodors
Web, October 2018

Brake Magazine
Web, February 2018

Ham & High
Print, August 22nd, 2017

The Planet D
Web, May 2017

Adventure Bike Rider Magazine
Print, Nov/Dec 2016 Issue