Alison Viana is a Cuban-American woman born in Miami, Florida and moved to New York to pursue a career in photography and the arts. She received a BFA in Photography at Parsons School of Design and currently works as a Staff Editor at the New York Times. Her work explores themes of sensuality, identity, and race. For her, photography is used as a way to get her closer to people and places that she would otherwise find unattainable or inaccessible. Her work consists of men and women in barbershops constructing their identity, a NYC burlesque dancer as an object of desire, and deeply personal subject matter creating photographs of the intimate moments in her family's daily lives. Her work has been exhibited in Milk Gallery, Refinery29, Kellen Gallery, Draft13 Magazine, PowerHouse Arena and Photographer's Forum. She attempts to understand the world around her through making pictures and examining what she sees.