Tanya Fabian

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Tanya Fabian, born in Maryland, is a photojournalist based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Tanya has a BFA in Illustration from Parsons School of Design and a master’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism, University of Missouri, where she studied photojournalism under Bill Kuykendall and David Rees. At Parsons, Tanya was introduced to the art of storytelling by Brooke Goffstein, children’s book author and influential teacher. Under Brooke’s guidance, Tanya shaped stories of her family history into a young adult novel, Before the Wildflowers Bloom, published by Crown Publishers.

As a visual journalist, stories of family continue to touch her. Tanya’s project, Among the Anglos, is a look at the descendants of Fort Collins’ earliest Hispanic settlers. Tanya has a personal connection to this story. Her grandfather, although not from Fort Collins, was born in southern Colorado to a Spanish American family. As a youth, he worked the beet fields, later became a coal miner and eventually became a small business owner in Denver, Colorado. Through this project, Tanya hopes to discover the inspiring stories of the Hispanic founding families of Fort Collins and deepen her understanding of her own family’s roots.

Tanya’s work has appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Dubois County Herald, the Coloradoan and the Roanoke Times. She received the O.O. McIntyre Fellowship from the University of Missouri to work on a written and photographic documentary project about burley tobacco farmers in North Carolina.