Newsha Tavakolian (Works)

Selected Works

Installation view, For The Sake of Calmness, 2020, Argo Factory, Pejman Foundation, Tehran, Iran, photo by Mona Jan Ghorban, ASA North. Installation view,  <i>For The Sake of Calmness</i>, 2020, Argo Factory, Pejman Foundation, Tehran, Iran, photo by Mona Jan Ghorban, ASA North.
Installation view, For The Sake of Calmness, 2020, Argo Factory, Pejman Foundation, Tehran, Iran, photo by Mona Jan Ghorban, ASA North. Installation view, <i>For The Sake of Calmness</i>, 2020, Argo Factory, Pejman Foundation, Tehran, Iran, photo by Mona Jan Ghorban, ASA North.
Installation view, I Know Why The Rebel Sings, 2017, Ab/Anbar Gallery, Tehran, Iran. Installation view, <i>I Know Why The Rebel Sings</i>, 2017, Ab/Anbar Gallery, Tehran, Iran.
Tehran Sky, 2015, Tehran, Iran. Edition of 5 + 2 AP, Inkjet print on Hahnemuhle paper, 164 x 200 cm. <i>Tehran Sky</i>, 2015, Tehran, Iran. Edition of 5 + 2 AP, Inkjet print on Hahnemuhle paper, 164 x 200 cm.
Installation view, I Know Why The Rebel Sings, 2016, Prince Claus Fund Gallery, Amsterdam, NL. Installation view, <i>I Know Why The Rebel Sings</i>, 2016, Prince Claus Fund Gallery, Amsterdam, NL.
Woman in Red, 2015, Kenya. Edition of 5 + 2 AP, Inkjet print on Hahnemuhle paper, 135 x 180 cm. <i>Woman in Red</i>, 2015, Kenya. Edition of 5 + 2 AP, Inkjet print on Hahnemuhle paper, 135 x 180 cm.
Installation view, I Know Why The Rebel Sings, 2016, Prince Claus Fund Gallery, Amsterdam, NL. Installation view, <i>I Know Why The Rebel Sings</i>, 2016, Prince Claus Fund Gallery, Amsterdam, NL.
Freedom Sq., 2015, Tehran, Iran, 123 x 164 cm. <i>Freedom Sq.</i>, 2015, Tehran, Iran, 123 x 164 cm.
Portrait of Mehdi. Blank Pages of an Iranian Photo Album, 2014-2015, Tehran, Iran, 106 x 141 cm. <i>Portrait of Mehdi. Blank Pages of an Iranian Photo Album</i>, 2014-2015, Tehran, Iran, 106 x 141 cm.
Installation view, I Know Why The Rebel Sings, 2016, Prince Claus Fund Gallery, Amsterdam, NL. Installation view, <i>I Know Why The Rebel Sings</i>, 2016, Prince Claus Fund Gallery, Amsterdam, NL.
Portrait of Somayeh, Blank Pages of an Iranian Photo Album, 2014-2015, Tehran, Iran. Edition of 7 + 2 AP, Inkjet print on Epson Hot Press paper, 135 x 180 cm. <i>Portrait of Somayeh, Blank Pages of an Iranian Photo Album</i>, 2014-2015, Tehran, Iran. Edition of 7 + 2 AP, Inkjet print on Epson Hot Press paper, 135 x 180 cm.
Book cover of Blank Pages Pages of an Iranian Photo Album, 2014-2015. Book cover of <i>Blank Pages Pages of an Iranian Photo Album</i>, 2014-2015.
Blank Pages Pages of an Iranian Photo Album, 2014-2015, Tehran, Iran. <i>Blank Pages Pages of an Iranian Photo Album</i>, 2014-2015, Tehran, Iran.
Installation view, Blank Pages of an Iranian Photo Album, 2016, Art Basel Hong Kong. Installation view, <i>Blank Pages of an Iranian Photo Album</i>, 2016, Art Basel Hong Kong.
Installation view, Blank Pages Pages of an Iranian Photo Album, 2015, Chappelle des Beaux-Arts de Paris, France. Installation view, <i>Blank Pages Pages of an Iranian Photo Album</i>, 2015, Chappelle des Beaux-Arts de Paris, France.
Piere-Cary Village, 2018, Khuzestan, Iran. Edition of 7 + 2 AP, Inkjet print on Hahnemuhle paper, 123 x 164 cm. <i>Piere-Cary Village</i>, 2018, Khuzestan, Iran. Edition of 7 + 2 AP, Inkjet print on Hahnemuhle paper, 123 x 164 cm.
Ocalan's Angel, 2015, Iraq, 110 x 164 cm. Barkhodan Kochar, 16, from Darbasi. "I joined YPJ in 2014, because I wanted to defend my homeland. The war influenced me a lot. Before joining YPJ, whenever I asked my family about politics, they'd say 'that's not your business, you're just a girl'. But when I saw how the women of YPJ gave their lives for what they believed in, I knew that I wanted to be one of them. I feel much more empowered as a woman now. As a 16-year-old girl, I think that I have a very important role in my country and I will keep on fighting until the last drop of my blood is shed." <i>Ocalan's Angel</i>, 2015, Iraq, 110 x 164 cm. Barkhodan Kochar, 16, from Darbasi.
"I joined YPJ in 2014, because I wanted to defend my homeland. The war influenced me a lot. Before joining YPJ, whenever I asked my family about politics, they'd say 'that's not your business, you're just a girl'. But when I saw how the women of YPJ gave their lives for what they believed in, I knew that I wanted to be one of them. I feel much more empowered as a woman now. As a 16-year-old girl, I think that I have a very important role in my country and I will keep on fighting until the last drop of my blood is shed."
Ocalan's Angel, 2015, Iraq, 110 x 164 cm. <i>Ocalan's Angel</i>, 2015, Iraq, 110 x 164 cm.
Ocalan's Angel, 2015, Iraq. <i>Ocalan's Angel</i>, 2015, Iraq.
Installation view, Look, 2012-2013, Design by Arash Sadeghi L N. Installation view, <i>Look</i>, 2012-2013, Design by Arash Sadeghi L N.
Installation view, Look, 2012-2013, Design by Arash Sadeghi L N. Installation view, <i>Look</i>, 2012-2013, Design by Arash Sadeghi L N.
Installation view, Look, 2012-2013, Design by Arash Sadeghi L N. Installation view, <i>Look</i>, 2012-2013, Design by Arash Sadeghi L N.
Installation view, West and North wall. Thomas Erben Gallery, Look, April 11 - May 11, 2013. Installation view, West and North wall. Thomas Erben Gallery, Look, April 11 - May 11, 2013.
Look, 2012-2013, Tehran, Iran, 106 x 142 cm. <i>Look</i>, 2012-2013, Tehran, Iran, 106 x 142 cm.
Look, 2012-2013, Tehran, Iran, 106 x 142 cm. <i>Look</i>, 2012-2013, Tehran, Iran, 106 x 142 cm.
Installation view, Listen, 2019, Mullhouse, France. Installation view, <i>Listen</i>, 2019, Mullhouse, France.
Listen, 2019, Mullhouse, France. 6 Channel Video. <i>Listen</i>, 2019, Mullhouse, France. 6 Channel Video.
Listen, 2010-2011, 105 x 126cm. <i>Listen</i>, 2010-2011, 105 x 126cm.
Listen, 2010-2011, CD cover <i>Listen</i>, 2010-2011, CD cover
Listen, 2010-2011, 105 x 130 cm. <i>Listen</i>, 2010-2011, 105 x 130 cm.
Listen, 2010-2011, 105 x 130 cm. <i>Listen</i>, 2010-2011, 105 x 130 cm.
Listen, 2010-2011, 105 x 130 cm. <i>Listen</i>, 2010-2011, 105 x 130 cm.
Installation view: project space, Newsha Tavakolian Installation view: project space, Newsha Tavakolian
Newsha Tavakolian, The Day I Became a Woman No. 1, 2010. Edition of 10 + 2 AP, of ten, 70 x 100 cm. Inkjet print on Epson paper. Newsha Tavakolian, <i>The Day I Became a Woman No. 1</i>, 2010. Edition of 10 + 2 AP, of ten, 70 x 100 cm. Inkjet print on Epson paper.
Newsha Tavakolian, The Day I Became a Woman No. 2, 2010. C-print, triptych, ed. of ten, 70 x 100 cm. Newsha Tavakolian, <i>The Day I Became a Woman No. 2</i>, 2010. C-print, triptych, ed. of ten, 70 x 100 cm.
Mothers of Martyrs, 2006, 70 x 105 cm. <i>Mothers of Martyrs</i>, 2006, 70 x 105 cm.
Mothers of Martyrs, 2006, 70 x 105 cm. <i>Mothers of Martyrs</i>, 2006, 70 x 105 cm.
Mothers of Martyrs, 2006, 70 x 105 cm. <i>Mothers of Martyrs</i>, 2006, 70 x 105 cm.
Hajj, Trip of a Liftime. 2008, 70 x 100 cm. "TEXT MSG: "Please forgive me if I wronged you in any way. I'm going to Hajj." When a Muslim has the privilege to go on the holy pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, it is customary for him or her to ask all family members and friends for forgiveness, which I did via text message after I was given a press visa to take pictures there. Soon after that people came around bringing essentials for the trip. My aunt gave me prayer beads, my nephew made me a white dress, which is the customary color during Hajj. There were over a hundred replies: "Please pray for me", "Ask God to help me find a nice wife, a house, restore my health" and many more such requests. Only Muslims are allowed to go to Mecca so westerners are not welcome and therefore their view is limited to what they have seen in the media. But for Muslims the Hajj is the spiritual trip of a lifetime in which they pray and perform rituals. But the pilgrims also shop for souvenirs have their pictures taken with camels and call relatives saying they are at Hajj. <i>Hajj, Trip of a Liftime</i>. 2008, 70 x 100 cm. "TEXT MSG: "Please forgive me if I wronged you in any way. I'm going to Hajj." When a Muslim has the privilege to go on the holy pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, it is customary for him or her to ask all family members and friends for forgiveness, which I did via text message after I was given a press visa to take pictures there. Soon after that people came around bringing essentials for the trip. My aunt gave me prayer beads, my nephew made me a white dress, which is the customary color during Hajj. There were over a hundred replies: "Please pray for me", "Ask God to help me find a nice wife, a house, restore my health" and many more such requests. Only Muslims are allowed to go to Mecca so westerners are not welcome and therefore their view is limited to what they have seen in the media. But for Muslims the Hajj is the spiritual trip of a lifetime in which they pray and perform rituals. But the pilgrims also shop for souvenirs have their pictures taken with camels and call relatives saying they are at Hajj.
Hajj, Trip of a Liftime. 2008, 70 x 100 cm. "TEXT MSG: "Please forgive me if I wronged you in any way. I'm going to Hajj." When a Muslim has the privilege to go on the holy pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, it is customary for him or her to ask all family members and friends for forgiveness, which I did via text message after I was given a press visa to take pictures there. Soon after that people came around bringing essentials for the trip. My aunt gave me prayer beads, my nephew made me a white dress, which is the customary color during Hajj. There were over a hundred replies: "Please pray for me", "Ask God to help me find a nice wife, a house, restore my health" and many more such requests. Only Muslims are allowed to go to Mecca so westerners are not welcome and therefore their view is limited to what they have seen in the media. But for Muslims the Hajj is the spiritual trip of a lifetime in which they pray and perform rituals. But the pilgrims also shop for souvenirs have their pictures taken with camels and call relatives saying they are at Hajj. <i>Hajj, Trip of a Liftime</i>. 2008, 70 x 100 cm. "TEXT MSG: "Please forgive me if I wronged you in any way. I'm going to Hajj." When a Muslim has the privilege to go on the holy pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, it is customary for him or her to ask all family members and friends for forgiveness, which I did via text message after I was given a press visa to take pictures there. Soon after that people came around bringing essentials for the trip. My aunt gave me prayer beads, my nephew made me a white dress, which is the customary color during Hajj. There were over a hundred replies: "Please pray for me", "Ask God to help me find a nice wife, a house, restore my health" and many more such requests. Only Muslims are allowed to go to Mecca so westerners are not welcome and therefore their view is limited to what they have seen in the media. But for Muslims the Hajj is the spiritual trip of a lifetime in which they pray and perform rituals. But the pilgrims also shop for souvenirs have their pictures taken with camels and call relatives saying they are at Hajj.
Hajj, Trip of a Liftime. 2008, 70 x 100 cm. "TEXT MSG: "Please forgive me if I wronged you in any way. I'm going to Hajj." When a Muslim has the privilege to go on the holy pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, it is customary for him or her to ask all family members and friends for forgiveness, which I did via text message after I was given a press visa to take pictures there. Soon after that people came around bringing essentials for the trip. My aunt gave me prayer beads, my nephew made me a white dress, which is the customary color during Hajj. There were over a hundred replies: "Please pray for me", "Ask God to help me find a nice wife, a house, restore my health" and many more such requests. Only Muslims are allowed to go to Mecca so westerners are not welcome and therefore their view is limited to what they have seen in the media. But for Muslims the Hajj is the spiritual trip of a lifetime in which they pray and perform rituals. But the pilgrims also shop for souvenirs have their pictures taken with camels and call relatives saying they are at Hajj. <i>Hajj, Trip of a Liftime</i>. 2008, 70 x 100 cm. "TEXT MSG: "Please forgive me if I wronged you in any way. I'm going to Hajj." When a Muslim has the privilege to go on the holy pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, it is customary for him or her to ask all family members and friends for forgiveness, which I did via text message after I was given a press visa to take pictures there. Soon after that people came around bringing essentials for the trip. My aunt gave me prayer beads, my nephew made me a white dress, which is the customary color during Hajj. There were over a hundred replies: "Please pray for me", "Ask God to help me find a nice wife, a house, restore my health" and many more such requests. Only Muslims are allowed to go to Mecca so westerners are not welcome and therefore their view is limited to what they have seen in the media. But for Muslims the Hajj is the spiritual trip of a lifetime in which they pray and perform rituals. But the pilgrims also shop for souvenirs have their pictures taken with camels and call relatives saying they are at Hajj.
Hajj, Trip of a Liftime. 2008, 70 x 100 cm. "TEXT MSG: "Please forgive me if I wronged you in any way. I'm going to Hajj." When a Muslim has the privilege to go on the holy pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, it is customary for him or her to ask all family members and friends for forgiveness, which I did via text message after I was given a press visa to take pictures there. Soon after that people came around bringing essentials for the trip. My aunt gave me prayer beads, my nephew made me a white dress, which is the customary color during Hajj. There were over a hundred replies: "Please pray for me", "Ask God to help me find a nice wife, a house, restore my health" and many more such requests. Only Muslims are allowed to go to Mecca so westerners are not welcome and therefore their view is limited to what they have seen in the media. But for Muslims the Hajj is the spiritual trip of a lifetime in which they pray and perform rituals. But the pilgrims also shop for souvenirs have their pictures taken with camels and call relatives saying they are at Hajj. <i>Hajj, Trip of a Liftime</i>. 2008, 70 x 100 cm. "TEXT MSG: "Please forgive me if I wronged you in any way. I'm going to Hajj." When a Muslim has the privilege to go on the holy pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, it is customary for him or her to ask all family members and friends for forgiveness, which I did via text message after I was given a press visa to take pictures there. Soon after that people came around bringing essentials for the trip. My aunt gave me prayer beads, my nephew made me a white dress, which is the customary color during Hajj. There were over a hundred replies: "Please pray for me", "Ask God to help me find a nice wife, a house, restore my health" and many more such requests. Only Muslims are allowed to go to Mecca so westerners are not welcome and therefore their view is limited to what they have seen in the media. But for Muslims the Hajj is the spiritual trip of a lifetime in which they pray and perform rituals. But the pilgrims also shop for souvenirs have their pictures taken with camels and call relatives saying they are at Hajj.
Hajj, Trip of a Liftime. 2008, 70 x 100 cm. "TEXT MSG: "Please forgive me if I wronged you in any way. I'm going to Hajj." When a Muslim has the privilege to go on the holy pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, it is customary for him or her to ask all family members and friends for forgiveness, which I did via text message after I was given a press visa to take pictures there. Soon after that people came around bringing essentials for the trip. My aunt gave me prayer beads, my nephew made me a white dress, which is the customary color during Hajj. There were over a hundred replies: "Please pray for me", "Ask God to help me find a nice wife, a house, restore my health" and many more such requests. Only Muslims are allowed to go to Mecca so westerners are not welcome and therefore their view is limited to what they have seen in the media. But for Muslims the Hajj is the spiritual trip of a lifetime in which they pray and perform rituals. But the pilgrims also shop for souvenirs have their pictures taken with camels and call relatives saying they are at Hajj. <i>Hajj, Trip of a Liftime</i>. 2008, 70 x 100 cm. "TEXT MSG: "Please forgive me if I wronged you in any way. I'm going to Hajj." When a Muslim has the privilege to go on the holy pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, it is customary for him or her to ask all family members and friends for forgiveness, which I did via text message after I was given a press visa to take pictures there. Soon after that people came around bringing essentials for the trip. My aunt gave me prayer beads, my nephew made me a white dress, which is the customary color during Hajj. There were over a hundred replies: "Please pray for me", "Ask God to help me find a nice wife, a house, restore my health" and many more such requests. Only Muslims are allowed to go to Mecca so westerners are not welcome and therefore their view is limited to what they have seen in the media. But for Muslims the Hajj is the spiritual trip of a lifetime in which they pray and perform rituals. But the pilgrims also shop for souvenirs have their pictures taken with camels and call relatives saying they are at Hajj.
Maria, 2007. Edition of 3 + 2 AP, 60 x 90 cm. Inkjet print on Epson paper. <i>Maria</i>, 2007. Edition of 3 + 2 AP, 60 x 90 cm. Inkjet print on Epson paper.
Maria 2007, 60 x 90 cm. <i>Maria</i> 2007, 60 x 90 cm.

Newsha Tavakolian

Newsha Tavakolian

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Newsha Tavakolian is a photographer and a member of Magnum Photos. She began working for the Iranian press at the age of 16, covering wars in Iraq and a range of social issues in her native Iran. Over the years, her focus shifted away from journalistic photography to photography as art. Through her lens, Tavakolian explores social experiences in her homeland and human conflicts close and near. Tavakolian has photographed female guerilla fighters in Iraqi Kurdistan, Syria and Colombia, prohibited Iranian female singers and the lives of people living under sanctions.

Tavakolian was the fifth laureate of the 2014 Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award and the principle laureate of the 2015 Prince Claus Award.

Amongst others, Tavakolian’s work has found its place within 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.

 

Exhibitions with Thomas Erben

Exhibitions with Thomas Erben

Other Exhibitions

Other Exhibitions

Selected Press

Selected Press

For the Sake of Calmness: Newsha Tavakolian's New film. Magnum Photos, 2020. | Download PDF | 4.19 MB
Spence, Rachel. Newsha Tavakolian: ‘I consider myself a storyteller’, Financial Times, March 18, 2016. | Download PDF | 1.99 MB
Seymour, Tom. Documenting The Search For Identity in Iran. Refinery29, March 5, 2016 | Download PDF | 161.25 KB
Will, Rachel. Newsha Tavakolian Shows Carmignac Photojournalism Award Exhibition in Paris. Blouin Artinfo, May 12, 2015. | Download PDF | 1.63 MB
Seymour, Tom. Newsha Tavakolian: Blank Pages of an Iranian Photo Album. British Journal of Photography, November 24, 2015 | Download PDF | 1,007.34 KB
Cain, Sian. Newsha Taakolian's best photograph: woman on a mountainside outside Tehran. The Guardian, November 26, 2015. | Download PDF | 170.74 KB
December, 2015. | Download PDF | 168.72 KB
TIME Picks the Best Photobooks of 2015 Selected by TIME Lightbox editor Olivier Laurent: Blank Pages -Of an Iranian Photo Album by Newsha Tavakolian | Download PDF | 146.23 KB
Gonzalez, David. Keeping True to an Iranian Vision, Minus Big Money. The New York Times, September 17, 2014. | Download PDF | 613.43 KB
Larson-Walker, Lisa. "Newsha Tavakolian's "Look" Series: Photos Of A Young Iran" The Daily Beast / Women in the World, May 2, 2013. | Download PDF | 624.13 KB
Aletti, Vince. Goings on About Town." The New Yorker, May 13, 2013. | Download PDF | 196.65 KB
Moaveni, Azadeh. Through Story, a Look into Iran: Newsha Tavakolian's Portraiture. TIME Lightbox, April 23, 2013. | Download PDF | 1.24 MB

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