using photography as a catalyst for self discovery, carolyn walks the line between hiding and performing. deeply interested in the idea that the hidden quadrant of a person's johari window holds the most powerful avenue for self expression, her photographic projects are a quest for understanding.

carolyn mara borlenghi was born in 1979 in houston, texas and was raised in an italian family. she began her photographic interests during her years at the sacred heart school in houston. she earned her BS in psychology with a minor in photography from southern methodist university (2002) and an MFA in photography, video and related media from the school of visual arts in new york city (2006).

carolyn has exhibited in multiple gallery spaces in the united states, at PhotoFest Houston, been published in PDN magazine, Saplings Magazine, B&T Australia and sold work to private clients. her iPhoneography has been selected and featured in various competitions including the iPhone Photography Awards.

in early 2013 carolyn began working on creating a place she could harness her love for iPhoneography into an educational offering. in the fall of 2013 she unveiled The iArtist Collective – an online, international iPhoneography school.  in january 2014 The iArtist Collective joined forces with The DEFINE School.  carolyn teaches two classes at The DEFINE School as well as offers group mentoring.

carolyn is also an avid instagrammer, to view her iPhoneography on instagram please follow @carolyn_mara

she currently lives in miami, florida with her husband and two sons.  she participates in childhood unplugged, a group of photographers who are making a conscious effort to encourage their children to get back to the art of play, and is working on various personal projects.


2017 February KONBINI How Photography Helped This Woman Go From Feeling Invisible To Seen And Present     2016 July TIME Best iPhone Photos of 2016      2016 July IPPA IPPAward Winners      2016 March  FATMUMSLIM  INSTAGRAM INTERVIEW / @carolyn_mara      2016 February MIAMI.COM 8 South Florida Instagram Accounts You Must Follow NOW     2015 August  QUARTZ Photos: Parents capture their kids learning the lost art of unplugged play       2015 January B&T  AUSTRALIA         2014 Fall SAPLINGS MAGAZINE   The Ultimate Playdate      2013 October VSCO JOURNAL  SUPERHEROES  (profile - Carolyn Mara Borlenghi)      2007 April FOTOFEST Guantanamo  Pictures from Home. Questions of Justice.      2007 April PDN MAGAZINE

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS     2015 October   LENSCRATCH   The 2015 Masks Exhibition