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Newsha Tavakolian
b. Iran, 1981 (Associate)
Situated in northwest Iran, Lake Urmia is the Middle East’s second largest saltwater lake. Formerly known for it’s striking turquoise color, the lake’s shrimp had drawn flamingos, pelicans, egrets, and ducks to it shores while the therapeutic warm and salty water attracted tourists. But, over the past 30 years climate change and human development have caused the lake to shrink by 80%. Blowing salt Read full story
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Jan 3, 2018
Asma Kaouech, a young Tunisian activist, was photographed by Newsha Tavakolian. Asma tries to prevent teenagers from becoming radicalized. The association Kaouech created, Fanni Raghman Anni, provides them with opportunities to channel their emotions through street theater, workshops, and cultural activities.
This story is one of four chapters Magnum photographers produced on human rights, commissioned... More...
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Nov 20, 2017
On the evening of November 12th a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Iran-Iraq border region resulting in 7,500 injuries and at least 500 fatalities. It’s the deadliest earthquake of 2017. The damage was especially high near the epicenter in Iran’s western Kermanshah province. 70,000 people lost their homes and have had to seek alternate shelter as temperatures in this mountainous region have been... More...
Nov 14, 2017
How do Magnum Photographers work in the
world of corporate advertising?

Join Magnum photographers Thomas Dworzak, Newsha Tavakolian and Jonas Bendiksen, along with Dominik Wichmann from advertising agency Looping.Group, in a discussion about how visual story telling influences their work in corporate communication and advertising.

Thomas Dworzak
Thomas Dworzak is from Kötzting, Germany, but grew... More...
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Oct 23, 2017
Iran's Caspian sea region has long been the main destination for Iranian families in search for sun, beaches and fun. There are resorts all along across the crescent moon shaped coast line, but most people rent local houses near the beach.

But, sun and fun in the Islamic republic comes with rules. There are no clubs and bars, alcohol is illegal, as is walking around in bikinis. All women in Iran are... More...
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May 9, 2017
During Newsha Tavakolian’s youth the political and social climate in Iran prevented families from taking vacations to public sites but today, Iranians are eager to venture out and explore the country. On assignment for the New Yorker, Tavakolian visited some of these vacation destinations, some historic and others rich in natural beauty.

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