Reza

photographer, Iran

Reza is a philanthropist, idealist, humanist, architect, multimedia artist and photojournalist, primarily for National Geographic. He has traveled the world over the last 30 years bearing witness to war and peace.

Reza is not just a photographer, though. He is committed to training women and children in visual media and communications to help them strive for a better life. He has developed training programs in refugee camps in Africa and the Middle East. In 2001, he founded the NGO Aina in Afghanistan to encourage media training, while continuing to produce incredible, original images from his travels for the international media.

His most notable exhibitions around the world include: Crossed Destinies, War + Peace, One World One Tribe, Hope, Windows of the Soul and Soul of Coffee. A Fellow of the National Geographic Society and Senior Fellow of the Ashoka Foundation, Reza has been awarded numerous prizes: the World Press Photo Award, the Infinity Award and distinctions such as the title Doctor Honoris Causa by the American University of Paris, the Medal of Honour from the University of Missouri and the Medal of Chevalier de l'ordre national du Mérite by the French State.

Reza lives in Paris and is the author of 27 books.

World Press Photo involvement

Reza

© Tim Mantoani

Contact details

Based in:
France
Country:
Iran
Organization:
Webistan, Corbis, Getty Images