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b. 1981

Iranian

Based in Tehran, Iran

Associate

Available for commissions
& assignments

A self-taught photographer, Newsha began working professionally in the Iranian press at the age of 16, at women’s daily newspaper Zan. At the age of 18, she was the youngest photographer to cover the 1999 student uprising, which was a turning point for the country’s blossoming reformist movement and for Newsha personally as a photojournalist; a year later she joined New York-based agency Polaris Images.

In 2002 she started working internationally, covering the war in Iraq. She has since covered regional conflicts, natural disasters and made social documentary stories. Her work is published in international magazines and newspapers such as Time Magazine, Newsweek, Stern, Le Figaro, Colors, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, NRC Handelsblad, The New York Times Magazine and National Geographic.

In 2009, Newsha covered the Presidential elections in Iran, which ended up in chaos and forced her to temporary halt her photojournalistic work. Instead, she started working on projects that experts describe as a mix of social documentary photography and art.

Her work has been displayed in dozens of international art exhibitions and has been on show in museums such as the Victoria & Albert, LACMA in and the British Museum, and the Boston Museum of Fine Art.

In 2014, Newsha was chosen as the fifth laureate of the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award. In 2015, she was chosen as the principle laureate of the Prince Claus Award.

Newsha became a Magnum nominee in 2015.

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Selected works

Arts & Culture

Look: Portraits of Iran’s Middle-Class Youth

Newsha Tavakolian

Taken within the familiarity of her own apartment building, Newsha Tavakolian's series of portraits reveal the pressures and isolation facing middle-class youth in Tehran

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From the Magnum Shop

Magnum Square Print

Newsha Tavakolian
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Most Recent

Theory & Practice

Newsha Tavakolian: On Patience and Portraiture

Newsha Tavakolian

Current Competition

The Portrait of Humanity Award

Magnum Photographers
Until Dec 11

Theme | 6 Stories

On Photobooks

Newsroom

The Magnum Digest: July 13, 2018

Magnum Photographers

Past Artist Talk
Paris, France

In Conversation in Paris: A Brief Visual History in the Time of ISIS

Magnum Photographers
Jun 20

Past Workshop
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Workshop: Finding Emotion in Narrative with Susan Meiselas & Newsha Tavakolian

Magnum Photographers
Aug 7 - 11

Magnum Square Print

Newsha Tavakolian
Shop

Past Exhibition
Sofia,

They Defend our Freedoms: 30 Years of Sakharov Prize Outdoor Exhibition

Magnum Photographers
Until Jun 6

Newsroom

The Magnum Digest: April 13, 2018

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Newsroom

Magnum Chronicles: A Brief Visual History in the Time of ISIS

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Arts & Culture

Magna Brava Ongoing

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Past Exhibition
Paris, France

Magna Brava Ongoing

Magnum Photographers
Until May 4

Theme | 6 Stories

30 Years of the Sakharov Prize

Newsroom

2017 Pictures of the Year

Magnum Photographers

Newsroom

The Big Picture: 2017 in Review

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Theme | 19 Stories

Expert Photographic Advice from Magnum

Theme | 10 Stories

Turkey Transformed

Newsroom

Tunisia’s Youth Champion

Newsha Tavakolian

Past Exhibition
Strasbourg, France

They Defend our Freedoms – 30 Years of the Sakharov Prize Exhibition

Magnum Photographers
Until Feb 12

Past Artist Talk
Munich, Germany

Talk: Authenticity in Advertising

Magnum Photographers
Nov 20 2017