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Contemporary Iranian Photography : Newsha Tavakolian, winner of the Carmignac Prize


After many twists around award, the Carmignac Foundation presents an exhibition of work by the Iranian photographer Newsha Tavakolian, 5th winner of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award. Curated by Anahita Ghabaian, President of the 2013 Jury, the exhibition will take place at the Chapelle des Beaux-Arts de Paris from  May 13th to  June 7th 2015. Newsha Tavakolian’s reportage focuses on the feeling of claustrophobia experienced by the younger generation in Iran. Taking as their common thread the theme of a family photo album, her photographs depict young middle-class people caught between the contradictory pressures of an increasingly modern society and an Islamic revolutionary ideology.

Newsha Tavakolian was born in 1981 in Tehran, Iran. A self-taught photographer, Newsha began working professionally in the Iranian press at the age of 16, at a local newspaper in Tehran. At the age of 18, she was the youngest photographer to cover the 1999 student uprising, which was a turning point for the country’s blossoming reformist movement and for Newsha’s career as a photojournalist; a year later she joined New York-based agency Polaris Images. In 2002 she started working internationally, covering the war in Iraq for several months. She has since covered regional conflicts, natural disasters and created social documentaries in countries worldwide. Her work is published in international magazines and newspapers such as Time Magazine, Newsweek, Stern, Le Figaro, Colors, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, Le Monde and National Geographic. Her artwork has been exhibited in renowned museum’s worldwide, such as the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert, The Boston Museum of Fine Art and LACMA. She is participating to the 2015 Venice Biennale where she will present a video installation created during her project for the Carmignac Photojournalism Award..

Newsha Tavakolian, 5th winner of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award
From May 13th to June 4th, 2015
Chapelle des Beaux-Arts de Paris
14, rue Bonaparte
75006 Paris
Monday to Saturday 11am to 7pm
Late opening until 1am for European Night of Museums 2015 on Saturday 16 May
Free admission

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