Newsha Tavakolian born 1981 in Tehran, is an Iranian photographer. She has worked for Time Magazine, Le Figaro, and National Geographic. She is particularly known for focusing on women's issues in her work, and has been a member of the Rawiya women's photography collective.
A self-taught photographer, Tavakolian began working as professional photographer in Iranian press at age 16. She started at the women's daily newspaper Zan, and later worked for other nine reformist dailies, all since banned. At 21 she began working internationally, covering wars, natural disasters and social documentary stories in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Yemen. Her work has been published by international magazines and newspapers such as in Time Magazine, Newsweek, Stern, Le Figaro, Colors, New York Times Magazine, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, NRC Handelsblad and National Geographic.
In 2007 she was a finalist for the Inge Morath Award. Her work has been exhibited and collected at institutions such as the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
- Megan Gibson, "Rawiya: Photography Collective Finds Strength in Numbers", Time, November 3, 2011.
- Alyssa Coppleman, "Photos of Women Who Could Go to Prison for Singing for Men", Slate, October 3, 2012.
- Biography and introduction of Tavakolian in Persian
- BBC reports "8 o'clock" gallery in Persian
- "Newsha Tavakolian (Iran): Iran, Girl Power! Inge Morath Award Finalist, 2007." Inge Morath Foundation (accessed 2013-11-16).
- "British Museum exhibits photos by Iran’s Tavakolian", Press TV, February 8, 2012.
- "Newsha Tavakolian, from the series 'Mothers of Martyrs'", Victoria and Albert Museum (accessed 2013-11-16).
- "Newsha Tavakolian, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (accessed 2013-11-16).
- Kerri McDonald, "A Show of Strength by Middle Eastern Women Photographers", The New York Times, August 26, 2013.
- Official website