-40 ºC (-40 ºF) At the Baikonur Cosmodrome with the Russian Soyuz rocket in background in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Intense working conditions, but fun!

Carla Cioffi is an independent documentary/reportage and fine art photographer with experience in all aspects of photography and visual communication. She was born in Caracas, Venezuela to a Sicilian father and an American mother. It was through her mother, an amateur photographer, that she became entranced by the medium.  

As a photographer/photo archivist at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, Carla 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. Her editorial and reportage work has been distributed worldwide through news and photo agencies such as the Financial Times, AP, Reuters, The Washington Post, The Guardian, NPR, Getty Images. Her documentary work on the U.S. Resist movement has been shared on social media by LensCulture, Photograph Magazine, Exposed DC and The American Collective. Most recently, her work on the rapid pace of construction in Qatar was featured in Italian architecture and design magazine, FloorNature, as well as French photography journal L’Oeil de la Photographie.

Carla holds the distinction of being the first American woman to photograph astronauts launching to the ISS from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, and remains the only American women to photograph the return to earth from the open door of a Russian military helicopter. Following NASA, she spent time living and working in Qatar as a freelance photographer. 

Her photographs have been shown in a number of group exhibitions in the United States and Europe.

Clients include BLJ Worldwide / Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar / Financial Times / Hamad Medical Corporation (Qatar) / HAVAS / International SOS - Aspire Lifestyles / Nancy Cost Design / Northwestern University in Qatar / Qatar Financial Authority Centre / Qatar Foundation / RasGas Company Limited (Qatar) / Resolution TV (Qatar) / Shutters on the Beach (US) / Vraiment (France) / WAJOOD Strategic Communications (Qatar) / Xi'an Jiatong-Liverpool University (China)

Carla holds a B.A. in Russian Studies, and an M.F.A. in Communications/Photography. She is based between Washington, DC and Qatar and is available for a variety of assignments both domestically and internationally.

50 ºC (122 ºF) LNG plant under construction at Ras Laffan Industrial City in Qatar. More intense working conditions, and also fun!