Artist Bio

Rohina is a fine art photographer whose practice uses portraiture and the natural world to investigate themes of identity, home, women’s issues, and adolescence.

Born in India and raised in New Jersey, Rohina grew up in a family of doctors spanning three generations. A graduate of Brown University Medical School and resident at UCLA Medical Center, her training led to a career as a neurologist. While an undergraduate at Brown University, Rohina also studied photography at RISD and she was a staff photographer for the Brown Daily Herald.

A skilled observer of her patients, Rohina was instilled with a deep and unique appreciation of the human experience. Her ability to forge the sacred trust between doctor and patient has been instrumental in fostering a parallel connection between photographer and subject.

Rohina has recently published her first monograph Hair Stories with Damiani Editore (March 2019) accompanied by a solo exhibition at Brown University’s Alpert Medical School through May 31, 2019.

Her photographs have been exhibited in juried group shows both nationally and internationally and she has received numerous awards. She has been published in Lenscratch, Shots Magazine, and Edge of Humanity among others. She lives with her husband, three children and two golden retrievers in Los Angeles.

Curriculum Vitae


Bachelor of Science, 1990 Brown University, Providence, RIDoctor of Medicine, 1994 Brown University Medical School, Providence, RI

Photography at Rhode Island School of Design (1990)

Fine art photography workshops/mentoring with Aline Smithson at the Los Angeles Center of Photography 2015-present

Portraiture classes with Ken Merfeld 2013-2016

Photography workshops with Cig Harvey, Frank Ockenfels, Julia Blackmon, and Peter Hurley among others


12th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Honorable Mention in Portrait Category for series from Hair Stories, 2018

Silver Medal Award, San Francisco Bay International Photo Show 2018

Honorable Mention, Portrait Category, Neutral Density Photography Awards 2017

Honorable Mention, Fine Art Category, Tokyo International Foto Awards 2016

Honorable Mention, Portrait Category, Neutral Density Photography Awards 2016

Honorable Mention, The Human Face, TeraBella Media 2016 World Photography Network

Honorable Mention, Red Competition,  Nature Category, Prix De La Photographie Paris 2016

Honorable Mention, Portrait Category (Amateur) Monochrome Awards 2015

Merit Award Winner, Reflections, TeraBella Media 2015 World Photography Network

Honorable Mention, iShow, Van Vessem Gallery, Tiverton, RI, August 2015

Juried Group Exhibition, Shows, and Presentations:


LACP First Annual Photo Book Competition, Los Angeles, CA, September 2019 Jurors: Douglas Stockdale and Gerhard Clausing

 Women’s Stories (Untold) Text and Image Midwest Center for Photography, Wichita, KS, September 6-27, 2019, Jurors: Alexi Berry and Linda Robinson

In Your Mother Tongue: A Word and Image Dialogue, Griffin Museum of Photography (Lafayette City Center) Boston, MA. June 29-September 14, 2019, Juror: Paula Tognarelli

 Aging as Art Photography Show, Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA (July 2019) and Newport Beach Central Library, Newport, CA (August 2019) Jurors: Michele Cardon, Jacques Garnier, Laurel Hungerford, Laurie Mirman, and Barbara White

Radio Interview WNYC/NPR on the Brian Lehrer Show for Hair Stories, May 2019

Unapologetically Feminine: Beauty, Power, and Appearance in Science and Medicine, Panel Discussion co-hosted with Hilary Friedman, Brown University Office of Women in Medicine and Science, May 2019

6th Open Call for Contemporary Photography, RI Center for Photographic Arts, Juror: Aline Smithson

Startup Fair Los Angeles with the Los Angeles Center of Photography 2/15-2/17, The Kinney Venice Beach Hotel.

Exhibit at Photo LA at the Barker Hanger, Santa Monica, CA 1/31-2/3, Curated by Claudia James Bartlett

3rd Annual Photo Competition, LA ARTCORE, Los Angeles, CA Jurors: Sarah Lee, Sarah Hadley, Aline Smithson

Solo Show of Hair Stories at Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School Feb-May with Book Signing May 24, 2019


The Creative Portrait, Los Angeles Center of Photography Dec-Feb 2019, Jurors: Nicholas & David Fahey

Punctum  Exhibit, PH 21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

Portraits Exhibition, The Griffin Museum of Photography (Lafayette City Center), Winchester, MA. Juror: Paula Tognerelli

Home Exhibition, Southeast Center for Photography, Greenville, SC, Juror: Aline Smithson

Portraits Exhibition, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX, Juror:  Alyssa Coppelman

Open Show Pasadena/East LA at Armory Center for the Arts, March 8, 2018, Presented Hair Stories

Open Show LA at Fabriks Projects Gallery, February 7, 2018,  Presented Hair Stories


Artist Talk on Hair Stories, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA 

2017 Women's Group Photography Show, "A Room of One's Own", The Perfect Exposure Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

LACP Fourth Annual Members’ Exhibition, dnj Gallery in Bergamot Station, Santa Monica CA, Juror: Paula Tognarelli

Portraiture: Mirror Mirror, Black Box Gallery, On-Line Annex Exhibition and printed catalog, Juror: Amy Arbus

3rd Open Call Exhibition, Providence Center for Photographic Arts, Providence, RI, Juror: Paula Tognarelli

Photography Re-imagined VI: Visual Storytelling, Tilt Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, Juror; Cig Harvey


Emotion, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX, Juror: Karen Divine

A Sense of Place, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT, Juror: Jane Fulton Alt

Black and White 2016, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, Juror: Rodney Smith

Texas National 2016 Exhibition, SFA Art Galleries, Nacogdoches, TX, Juror: Abelardo Morell

Dreamlike Landscapes, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece, Exhibition and exhibition catalogue


Aesthetics, Black and White Photography, The Perfect Exposure Gallery, Los Angeles CA

Black and White Photography Online Exhibit, Photography Center of Cape Cod, Juror: Andy Howard

Splash, 1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Your Move Dance Photography and Competition, Art House Productions Gallery, Jersey City, NJ, Finalist

Dualities, Mills Pond House Gallery, 34th Annual Juried Photography, St. James, NY, Jurors: Melanie and Michelle Craven

iShow, Van Vessem Gallery, Tiverton, RI, Honorable Mention

Mobile Magic XX, Lightbox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, OR, Juror: Aline Smithson

Portraiture: Pictures in Photography, Black Box Gallery, On-line Annex Exhibition and printed catalog, Juror: Kelli Pennington

Street Photography Online Exhibit, Photography Center of Cape Cod Juror: Shiv Verma

Non-Juried Group Exhibits:


It’s Personal: Photography from the Inside, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA


Fresh, 15 Personal Projects, Los Angeles Center of Photography, CA


Mixed: Nine Photographic Visions, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA


Street Shooting in Los Angeles and Around the World, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA


LA Weekly (May 2019)

Feature in (May2019)

Feature on (May 2019)

Hair Stories published by Damiani Editore, (hardcover), Introduction by Emily Lambert-Clements. Essay by Esther R. Berry, Statement by Rohina Hoffman, Photographs Rohina Hoffman, with accompanying insert (March 2019)

Amica.It Magazine, February 2019

Feature on Lenscratch for It’s Personal: Photography from the Inside Group Show  September 2018

Shots Magazine Issue No. 138, Offerings. Winter 2018

Feature on Edge of Humanity  for Mothers and Daughters December 15, 2017


Feature on Lenscratch for Hair Stories, August 31, 2017

Feature for Mothers and Daughters, April 2017

The 2016 Favorite Photographs Exhibition, Lenscratch, January 

The 2016 Animals Among Us Exhibition, Lenscratch, November

The 2015 Masks Exhibition, Lenscratch, October

The 2015 Cell Phone Exhibition, Lenscratch, May

The 2015 Hair Exhibition, Lenscratch, April

The 2015 Signs of Spring Exhibition, Lenscratch, March 



 Los Angeles Center of Photography (Charter member), Los Angeles, CA

Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins CO

Center, Santa Fe, NM

The Griffin Museum of Photography

Non-Profit Organization Involvement:

West Valley YMCA Board Member, Reseda CA

Pink Portrait Project