The acclaimed photojournalist making front page news


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Newsha Tavakolian began her professional life in the Iranian press at 16, starting as a photographer at Zan, the women’s daily newspaper, as one of a handful of professional women photojournalists in the country.

At 18 she was the youngest among mainly male photographers covering the 1999 student riots, her images making front-page news in Iran. At 21 she began covering wars, natural disasters and social documentary stories throughout the Middle East.

In recent years her work has been exhibited in the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Chelsea Art Museum.