Newsha Tavakolian Iranian, b. 1981


Newsha Tavakolian (b. 1981, Tehran, Iran) is an Iranian photojournalist and multimedia artist living and working in Tehran. Tavakolian began her career as a photojournalist at the age of 16. Since then, she has documented social and cultural issues in Iran and the region, with a particular focus on the lives of women.

Newsha Tavakolian is known for her innovative approach to visual storytelling. She documents thought-provoking images that challenge traditional notions of gender, identity, and culture. In her photographs, Tavakolian captures the complex realities of contemporary Iran, offering nuanced portraits of everyday life that are both intimate and socially aware. Her images, often shot in black and white, have a raw, documentary feel that brings the viewer into the heart of the story. Tavakolian's contributions to the world of contemporary photography and art have established her as one of the leading voices of her generation.

Newsha Tavakolian has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Principle Prince Claus Award in 2015, and her photographs have been featured in major publications such as "Time", "Newsweek", and "The New York Times Magazine". Tavakolian has had several solo exhibitions in prestigious venues such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art | the Victoria and Albert Museum (London) | the Guggenheim Museum (New York) | "For the Sake of Calmness" (Argo Factory, Tehran, 2020) | "Listen" (Aaran Gallery, Tehran, 2011) | "Newsha Tavakolian" (Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, 2010). Her work has also been included in group exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale, the Sharjah Biennial, and the Singapore Biennale.

Untitled, 2021