Dominic Nahr

b. 1983, Switzerland

Dominic Nahr was raised in Hong Kong where he established himself as a photojournalist. There, he worked for the South China Morning Post as a staff photographer. In 2007, while still attending university in Toronto, Nahr became a freelance photographer, being commissioned by magazines such as Newsweek, GQ and The Fader. He graduated from Ryerson University in 2008.

With an objective to show unfolding actions that must not be continued or forgotten, Nahr works with a strong and unwavering gaze that is intent on narrating a certain and unflinching narrative about civil unrest and the crimes inflicted in the pursuit of protecting physical and psychological borders.

Nahr has been honored with several prestigious awards, including The Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award. He has been selected as one of the ‘Top 30 under 30 photographers’ by PDN magazine and has been exhibited at Visa Pourl’Image in Perpignan, France. Recently, Nahr has been selected to take part in this year’s Joop Swart Masterclass in Holland and grants from the Pulizer Center and the Emergency Fund. His editorial clients include National Geographic, Time, Stern, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde 2, Internazionale, and GQ. Nahr’s fine art prints are featured in major collections.

Nahr joined Magnum Photos as a nominee in July 2010 and is represented by O’Born Contemporary Gallery in Toronto. Nahr is based out of Nairobi, Kenya.


2010       Days in Japan International Photojournalism Awards, 3rd Place
2009       Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award presented at the Arles Photo Festival
2009       Sony World Photography Awards, 2nd place, Current Affairs
2009       Winner PDN 30 under 30, Photo District News Magazine
2008       Selected Canada Winner Fast Forward 2008, Magenta Foundation
2008       Winner, Award of Excellence, ‘Magazine News Picture Story’, Pictures of the
              Year International
2008       Winner, Photo District News Magazine, Photo Annual
2007       Runner-Up College Photographer of the Year and 1st Place International
              Picture Story; 62nd College Photographer of the Year Award
2007       Finalist, Honorable Mention, Ian Parry Scholarship (England)
2007       Selected Canada Winner Fast Forward 2007, Magenta Foundation
2007       Winner, Photo District News Magazine, Photo Annual
2006       1st Place International Picture Story; 61st College Photographer of the Year Award


2010       World Press Photo, Joop Swart Masterclass
2010       Magnum Foundation, Emergency Fund
2010       Pulizer Center for Untold Stories



2009       The Road to Nowhere, Visa pour l’image, Perpignan, France
2009       Fragile Border, O’Born Contemporary, Toronto, Canada
2009       The Road to Nowhere, FCC, Hong Kong, China
2008       When Brothers Fight, Feature Exhibition, CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival,
              Ryerson Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2007       Recent Work, Nuit Blanche, Camera, Toronto, Canada


2010       313, O’Born Contemporary, Toronto, Canada
2010       The Road To Nowhere, Freelens Fotofestival, Hanover, Germany
2010       Subjective, CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival, O’Born Contemporary
              Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2009       Sony World Photography Awards Finalists Exhibition, Cannes, France
2009       Rendez-Vous, O’Born Contemporary Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2009       Contemporary at Kultura, Toronto, Canada
2008       Pont des Arts – 60th Anniversary of the Human Rights Declaration, Amnesty
              International, Paris, France
2008       document, O’Born Contemporary Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2008       When Brothers Fight, LOOK3 Photo Festival, IX Warehouse, Charlottesville, USA
2008       The Tears of Timor, National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra, Australia
2007       Ian Parry Scholarship - Finalist Group Exhibition, Getty Images Gallery,
              London, England