Tiffiney Yazzie grew up in Chinle, Arizona on the Navajo Reservation. She is from the Yucca Fruit-Strung-Out-In-A-Line Clan and is born for the Salt People Clan. She recently received her BFA in Photography and BA in Art History from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Tiffiney’s work focuses on the unique and complex systems connected to our existence. Tiffiney’s large-scale portraits of her mother, Rosita, serves as an exploration of the bond the two have as well the matriarchal element that runs through many Native American tribes. Yazzie’s photographs have been exhibited in numerous group exhibitions locally and nationally. Yazzie’s images are work can be found in a number of public and private collections throughout the country. Yazzie’s images are currently showing at the Berlin Gallery at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ. Tiffiney currently lives and works in Tempe, Arizona.


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  1. DeAnna Satre

    Tiffiney–My class in Advanced Digital Projects (Photoshop) at the Santa Fe Community College was given the assignment to visit the New Native Photography exhibit at the New Mexico Museum of Art and choose the photographer/s who most interested us and then go online and try to learn more about them. I’m so glad to have found this Web site and your new Web site with images of much of your work. I especially appreciated learning about the six students who spend a week with your grandparents–what a wonderful way to be exposed to another culture, a chance of a lifetime, and probably life-changing as well.

    I just wanted to let you know that my favorite among your beautiful images is the one of your mother (I believe) bending forward with arms extended in an inverted V and clasping her hair. I find it very powerful. I can perceive both despair and reverence in the image, as well as simply appreciate the sensuous beauty of the aging hands and the hair. I admire your work very much and believe you have a fine future ahead of you as a photographer. Good luck! –DeAnna Satre

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