-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.  

In 2007, Carla was hired as a photographer/photo archivist at NASA 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. Her reportage work has been distributed worldwide through news and photo agencies such as the 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.

She 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. 

Clients include Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Vraiment, Nancy Cost Design, RasGas Company Limited - Qatar, Northwestern University in Qatar, Xi'an Jiatong-Liverpool University in China, Hamad Medical Corporation - Qatar, Qatar Financial Authority Centre, International SOS/Aspire Lifestyles, Shutters on the Beach. In addition, her photographs have been shown in a number of group exhibitions in the United States and Europe.

Carla holds a B.A. in Russian Studies, and an M.F.A. in Photography. Currently based in the Washington, DC area, she 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!