Nadia Shira Cohen was born in Boston in 1977, with a great curiosity for the world and the unknown. Nadia’s creativity was first nurtured by her parents and in an alternative educative environment. At the age of 15 Nadia was diagnosed with cancer. At the same time, she took up photography and received her first camera. Documenting her physical transformation in self-portraits along with images of fellow sick friends helped to battle her way through the long two years of treatment. She continued to pursue her passion for photography at the University of Vermont, with a semester abroad at SACI in Florence, Italy. Her curious nature led her into photojournalism, working as a stringer in New York City for the associated press. With a desire to understand the underworld of the photojournalism industry, Nadia began working for Sipa Press before moving on to the world-renowned photo agency, vii, working with some of the world's most talented and compassionate photojournalists. In 2007 Nadia moved to Rome and feeling the need to return to her own work as a photographer she began to work freelance, mostly on self-initiated reportage, traveling the world and focusing her work on human rights, environmental issues as well as urban warfare and civil unrest. She is currently traveling the world by sailboat with her family, turning the camera both inward and outward.
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