Natalia Neuhaus is a queer photographer who started her career in Lima, Peru working as a freelance photojournalist for newspapers and magazines. In 2007, she moved to the U.S. to attend the San Francisco Art Institute. Her gaze is deeply influenced by the violence that surrounded her childhood, a country desolated by terrorism, and also by the violence experienced at home.
Observing and understanding others became a form of survival that shaped how she photographs; whether it be photographing Baby Boomers aging alone in NYC, or NYC stillness during Covid shutdown which received honorable mention at The Julia Margaret Cameron Award in 2021.
In 2017, she was one of the recipients of the Director’s scholarship at ICP which allowed her to attend the full-time documentary program. Since 2019, she’s been photographing the lives of burlesque performers in NYC. This project started as documentary work and transformed into a visual diary of those that became friends and the artists that live within this orbit. It is a community that has always defied gender norms and continues to push the boundaries against a world that persists in defining morality and societal behaviors.