Interview: Diana Markosian, Documentary Photographer

by Trazee Travel

Sep 12, 2014

© Denniro | Dreamstime


Diana Markosian is a photographer whose work has been published in Time.com, The New York Times and The New Yorker. You can see more of Diana’s work at www.dianamarkosian.com.


© Diana Markosian | Photo

© Diana Markosian

Name: Diana Markosian


Profession: Documentary Photographer


Age: 25


Packing tip: Travel light. I always pack a book and a deck of cards.


Favorite travel memory: There is a time I got lost on the Great Wall in China. It is probably the last place you expect to get lost, but I did. I ended up camping out overnight.


Bucket list destination: I’m not into making lists. I want to go everywhere.


Favorite off the beaten path destination: Chechnya


What kind of traveler are you: I’m a bit of a vagabond. I haven’t had a permanent address in five years.  As a photographer, I spend most of the year on the road, traveling to remote corners of the world.  I have a front-row seat to explore and connect with the world in an intimate way. It is really quite special.


Funniest travel story: Most of my funny stories have to do with something going terribly wrong. I was deported from China and was supposed to leave by train to Vietnam. I somehow boarded the wrong train and ended up in Tibet. Of course, I only realized this on the second night.


Best meal you’ve had on your travels: Georgian food in Tbilisi.


Craziest thing you’ve done on your travels: I ran out of money in Tajikistan and wanted to visit Afghanistan. I ended up hitchhiking the last leg of the trip along the Silk Road to the Wakhan Corridor. I met local Afghans and lived with them for a few weeks. I actually don’t find this too bizarre as it is become a bit of a norm in the way I travel.


Favorite item you’ve collected from your travels: My images and a bronze bracelet from Tajikistan.


Where next? Hopefully somewhere I’ve never been.



Insta Feed
Top 5 / Asia
May 22, 2019

Top 5: Attractions in Kyoto

Kyoto, Japan, is known for its natural beauty, temples and shrines. On your next visit, be sure to add these attractions to your list.

ATL Skypointe

Beyond being a major hub in the global transportation network, Hartsfield-Jackson is also proud to be a major hub for exciting, high-quality retail options through our award-winning concessions program, ATL Skypointe.

Tips / Travel
May 22, 2019

Most Scenic Train Rides in North America

North America offers many scenic and historic train rides. These train rides delight and inspire travelers because it gives them a new way to experience the world. Thousands of people take these trains every year and this type of travel is only gaining more followers. The North American train system is still years behind European and Asian countries, but they get the job done. Taking a train is also a great way to add an extra adventure to a trip or destination. It’s not just going from one place to another but getting to view everything in between as well.

Products / Beauty
May 22, 2019

Clean Skincare from BeautyCounter

BeautyCounter is the skincare brand offering beauty products made with safe ingredients. The California-based company aims to deliver high-performing products free of toxic chemicals.

Work and Play in Italy

Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.

Road Trips in Portugal

You can cover a lot of ground in Portugal in a short amount of time, and the changing scenery makes for great road trips. Here are some of the best routes.