A self-taught photographer, Newsha Tavakolian (born 1981 in Tehran, Iran) began working professionally in the Iranian press at age of 16. She was the youngest photographer to cover the 1999 student uprising. In 2002 she started working internationally, covering the war in Iraq. Her photographs and projects have been published internationally by global media organizations, NGOs, and fine art magazines. Newsha’s work has been widely exhibited at international institutions, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), British Museum, and Boston Museum of Fine Art. In 2014, she won the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award, and in 2015, the Principal Prince Claus Award. Tavakolian became a Magnum nominee in 2015. She lives and works in Tehran, Iran.