Carla Cioffi

NASA: Human Spaceflight
Location: Washington, DC area
Nationality: American
Biography: Carla Cioffi is a documentary, editorial and fine art photographer. She was born in Caracas, Venezuela to a Sicilian father and an American mother. As a photographer/photo archivist at NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)... read on
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NASA: Human Spaceflight
From 2007 - 2013, I had the good fortune to work as a Photographer/Photo Archivist at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. During this time, I covered the end of the Space Shuttle era, international human spaceflight and space policy issues in far flung places such as Kazakhstan, Russia, California, Florida and Washington, DC.

Many people are unaware that the Russians and the Americans, along with their international partners, worked very closely for decades to build the International Space Station. The retirement of NASA's Space Shuttle fleet took place in 2012. Since then, the international partners have been solely reliant on Russia and its Soyuz rocket to launch to the ISS. 

A number of times each year I traveled to Russian and Kazakhstan to photograph manned rocket launches to the ISS from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, and subsequent return to earth landings in the remote Steppes. During this time, I became the first American woman to photograph these launches, and I remain the only American woman to photograph return to earth from the open door of a Russian military MI-8 helicopter. 

These images comprise assignments from launches to ISS and back to earth landings in Kazakhstan and Russia.


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Qatar: Landscape of Construction

By Carla Cioffi — Carla Cioffi's Qatar series integrates street photography and architecture for a reportage on the transformations taking place in Qatar in..

Nevertheless, We Persist

By Carla Cioffi — Nevertheless, We Persist: A Year of Resistance The United States has erupted in protests, rallies and marches since the Trump administration took..

NASA: Space Shuttle Retirement

By Carla Cioffi — NASA retired its remaining space shuttle fleet in 2011, after 30 years of service. Each space shuttle was transferred to an eductional institution..

Al Shahaniya Camel Racetrack

By Carla Cioffi — In 2014, I had the opportunity to live and work in Qatar for a year and a half. One of the more fascinating places to visit was the Al Shahaniya..
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