Pennsylvania born Aliya Naumoff was raised in a log farm house as her mother translated and assisted Polish immigrants. The families often found refuge in her home.
Aliya became interested in photography during a high school exchange program in the South of Spain. Her raw portraits of the neighborhood children were well received and she went on to study photography at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. There she honed her craft and received multiple awards. Aliya was invited to work for David LaChapelle in NYC. Her first shoot was with Duran Duran and 10 naked models on a yacht for Vanity Fair. Aliya then built her portfolio and career and became a go to staple for magazines such as Vice, Fader, and Nylon. She went on to work with The New York Times, Vogue, RollingStone, and has shot campaigns for Converse and numerous other fashion brands.
Aliya has now shifted her focus to directing documentary films and commercials. Her recent work focuses on the plight of women who have been affected by the Syrian war, published by "Women in the World" for The New York Times and featured in The Huffington Post.