Carla Cioffi is a documentary and fine art photographer. She was born in Caracas, Venezuela to a Sicilian father and an American mother, and from a young age she has lived, and later worked, in a number of diverse places across the globe.
In 2007, she was hired as a photographer/photo archivist at NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Headquarters in Washington, DC. While at NASA, she documented everything from the end of the space shuttle program, congressional hearings on Capitol Hill, events at the White House, to extensive travel to Russia and Kazakhstan covering human spaceflight to and from the International Space Station. She is the first American woman to photograph astronauts launching to the ISS from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, and remains the only American woman to photograph the return to earth from the open door of a Russian military MI-8 helicopter. Following NASA, she spent time living and working in Qatar as a freelance photographer.
Carla's reportage work has been distributed worldwide through news and photo agencies such as the AP, Reuters, AFP, National Geographic online, Getty Images. Her photographs on the current Resist movement in the United States, entitled Nevertheless, We Persist, have been shared on social media by LensCulture, Photograph Magazine and The American Collective. Her fine art work has been exhibited in a number of galleries throughout the United States, and will be exhibited in Europe in 2018.
She holds a B.A. in Russian Studies, and an M.F.A. in Photography from Southern Illinois Univeristy, Carbondale. Currently based in the Washington, DC area, she is available for a variety of assignments.