Tama Hochbaum came to photography from painting, on a road that began with drawing and printmaking. Her first drawing class was with Michael Mazur, at Brandeis University, and she went on to study at Atelier 17 in Paris and Queens College in New York. Many of her recent images are taken by moving the camera while shooting, a method through which she attempts to capture a sense of speed, of motion, and the passage of time.
Using her iPhone, Tama Hochbaum grabs TV screenshots of classic movies favored by her mother, who died in February of 2012. The project, and book of the same name, Silver Screen, published by Daylight Books, traces her mother's legacy in a blend of visual technologies: celluloid, of her mother’s generation, transmitted via broadcast and rendered digitally, the TV screen of her own generation’s coming-of-age, and the ubiquitous iPhone of her daughter’s generation.
She lives and works in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.