Australian photographer Soraya Zaman used to work in real estate. But after quitting that job and backpacking for a year, Zaman knew a shift was needed. “I backpacked overland from Hong Kong to Cairo with only my camera to keep me company, and when I returned to Sydney, I knew that I wanted to take pictures for a living from then on,” Zaman told ONE37pm.
After assisting a photographer in Sydney for years, Zaman made the leap and moved to New York City in 2013 to pursue a career in photography. Outside of commercial shoots, Zaman’s personal work explores sexuality and gender expression—two topics that are greatly important to Zaman due to their own exploration of self.
Zaman's latest project, American Boys, which was published this year by Daylight Books, documents the stories and includes thoughtful portraits of the transmasculine community across the United States.
We discussed with Zaman via email how an Instagram account—with over 15K followers—grew into a book deal and all the work that went in behind the scenes.