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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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Most Recent

Upcoming Artist Talk
Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Magnum Photos at 70 Symposium: Past, Present, Future

Magnum Photographers
Nov 24

Upcoming Workshop
Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Frankfurt: Magnum Group critique

Magnum Photographers
Nov 25

Newsroom

Women Fighters of the FARC

Newsha Tavakolian

Past Square Print Sale

Closer

Magnum Photographers
Jun 5 - 9

Past Exhibition
New York, United States

Magnum: 70 at 70 in New York

Until Jun 30

Arts & Culture

Iran: A Personal View

Newsha Tavakolian

Arts & Culture

Photographs Rendered in Play-Doh

Magnum Photographers

Past Artist Talk
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Panel Discussion: Magnum Photos at 70

Magnum Photographers
Mar 18

Theme | 3 Stories

Photography Insiders

Theory & Practice

What’s In Your Kit Bag?

Magnum Photographers

Past Exhibition
London, United Kingdom

David Hurn’s Swaps

Magnum Photographers
Until May 21

Past Workshop
, Japan

Tokyo: Workshop March 2017

Magnum Photographers
Mar 17 - 23

Theme | 19 Stories

Migration and Refuge

Newsroom

The Migrant Crisis through the Eyes of Magnum Photographers

Magnum Photographers

Past Exhibition
London, United Kingdom

I Welcome: an Amnesty International & Magnum Photos exhibition

Magnum Photographers
Until Dec 18, 2016

Newsroom

One Year On: The November 13 Paris Attacks

Magnum Photographers

Past Square Print Sale

Conditions of the Heart: on Empathy and Connection in Photography

Magnum Photographers
Oct 31 - Nov 4

Theme | 3 Stories

The Olympics

Newsroom

Refugee Runners

Newsha Tavakolian

Past Square Print Sale

The (More or Less) Decisive Moments

Magnum Photographers
Jun 6 - 11