Tanja Verlak (1979) finished her doctorate studies at the Royal College of Art in London in 2018, where she was researching the representation of cultural shock in photography. She finished her Master's and Bachelor's studies at FAMU in Prague and continued studies in theory of photography at Jawaharlal Nehru University, School of Arts and Aesthetics in New Delhi. She is exhibiting at home and abroad. She received several awards and nominations for her work, including winning the Emzin contest Slovene photography in 2001 and 2006, being nominated for LUCIE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP in New York and for Photo Annual, PDN, New York. She was included in the selection at Paris Photo 2011 and 2010. Verlak is a lecturer of photography at the University of Primorska. During her stay in India, she was a lecturer at Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi and collaborated in the final exhibition of students at the International Center of Photography in New York. She's actively involved in duscussions on photography, is a part of Tendencies in Slovene photography, NOVA F (Stolp) and UZ: INTERIER, and her works are published in numerous academic journals and catalogues.