Tierney Gearon is an American photographer and filmmaker best known for her candid, often controversial images of her family and children. Born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1963, Gearon began her career as a fashion model before turning to photography in the late 1990s.
Gearon's work has been featured in numerous exhibitions around the world, including at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the National Portrait Gallery in London. Her photographs have also been published in magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and The New Yorker.
In 2003, Gearon released her first book of photographs entitled The Mother Project. This collection of images documented her own family life with her two children and explored themes of motherhood and childhood innocence. The book was met with both critical acclaim and controversy due to its frank depictions of nudity and sexuality.
In 2006, Gearon released a second book entitled I Am a Camera which focused on her travels around the world. This collection featured images from countries such as India, China, Japan, Mexico, and Brazil. In 2008 she released a third book entitled The Girl Pictures which focused on young girls from around the world.
Gearon has also directed several short films including The Mirror (2005) which won Best Short Film at the Tribeca Film Festival; My Mommy Is In America And She Met Buffalo Bill (2006); and I Am A Camera (2008). She has also directed music videos for artists such as Bjork and Rufus Wainwright.
Gearon currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children where she continues to create photographs that explore themes of family life, childhood innocence, identity, sexuality, travel, and more.