b. 1981

Iranian

Based in Tehran, Iran

Member

Available for commissions
& assignments

Newsha Tavakolian is known for her powerful work covering wars in Iraq and social issues in her native Iran. With clarity and sensitivity, Tavakolian has photographed female guerilla fighters in Iraqi Kurdistan, Syria and Colombia, prohibited Iranian female singers and the lives of people living under sanctions. Over the years, her practice has shifted from photojournalism to photography as art.

A self-taught photographer, Tavakolian 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 Tavakolian personally as a photojournalist; a year later she joined New York-based agency Polaris Images.

In 2003, she started working internationally, covering the war in Iraq. She has since covered regional conflicts, natural disasters and made social documentary stories. Her work has been 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. Commercial clients include Qatar foundation, who commissioned her to make a book about education around the world and Shiseido, who commissioned a two-year assignment looking at the meaning of beauty in Paris, France.

Tavakolian became a Magnum nominee in 2015 and an associate in 2017.

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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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Most Recent

Theory & Practice

For The Sake of Calmness

Newsha Tavakolian

Theme | 18 Stories

Quarantine Conversations

Past Artist Talk

Covering the Pandemic: Photographers on the Front Lines

Magnum Photographers
Apr 20 2020

Theme | 31 Stories

Magnum Photos on COVID-19

Newsroom

Quarantine Conversations: Newsha Tavakolian and Rafal Milach

Magnum Photographers

Past Exhibition
Houilles, France

A Voix Haute

Newsha Tavakolian
Until Mar 3, 2020

Arts & Culture

Iran: A Personal View

Newsha Tavakolian

Past Exhibition
Bucharest, Romania

Romanias

Magnum Photographers
Until Oct 31, 2019

Newsroom

News from the 2019 Magnum Photos Annual General Meeting

Past Exhibition
Moscow, Russia

Magnum Live Lab, Moscow

Magnum Photographers
Until Mar 4, 2019

Newsroom

Why Iran’s Nomads are Fading Away

Newsha Tavakolian

Past Exhibition
Mulhouse, France

I know why the rebel sings

Newsha Tavakolian
Until Feb 17, 2019

Newsroom

The Magnum Digest: October 19, 2018

Magnum Photographers

Past Exhibition
Paris,

Magnum Photos at Paris Photo 2018

Magnum Photographers
Until Nov 11, 2018

Theory & Practice

Newsha Tavakolian: On Patience and Portraiture

Newsha Tavakolian

Past Competition

The Portrait of Humanity Award

Magnum Photographers
Until Jan 8, 2019

Theme | 11 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 2018

Past Workshop
Tokyo, Japan

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

Magnum Photographers
Aug 7 - 11
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