b. 1981


Based in Tehran, Iran


Available for commissions
& assignments

Newsha Tavakolian (1981, Tehran), a Magnum Photos member, is an Iranian photographer, visual artist, and educator known for her work that captures human emotions. Tavakolian began her career in photography at a young age, eventually becoming a prominent figure in the field. Her photography is characterized by its evocative storytelling and her keen eye for capturing the delicate emotions that shape us as humans. She has covered a wide range of topics, from the challenges faced by women in Iran and worldwide to the aftermath of tensions in conflict zones. Her work often combines artistry with documentary, blurring the lines between reality and the imagined. Throughout her career, Newsha Tavakolian has received numerous awards, such as the Carmignac Gestion Award, the Prince Claus Award (principal laureate), and several international photo prizes. Her photographs have been featured in prestigious exhibitions worldwide. Amongst others, Tavakolian’s work has found its place in the private collections of international institutions, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art(LACMA), the British Museum, Sackler Gallery and the Boston Museum of Fine Art. In 2019 Tavakolian made her first short film For the Sake of Calmness. She is now preparing for the production of her first feature film in Iran and Romania.

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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