About me

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.

Email: nadia.takaroa@myiridium.net , nadia@nadiashiracohen.com

WhatsApp: +39 340 305 3852

Currently in: here

Exhibitions

A Private War
Yo no dí a Luz
  • Viterbo Fotografia: Yo no di a LuzItaly
  • Casa de las Mujeres, SuchitotoEl Salvador
God's Honey
  • Centro de Fotografía de Montevideo 2021Uruguay
  • Pangea Foto Festival 2022Italy
  • Festival La Gacilly-Baden 2021Germany
Eternal Silence
  • Taipei Photography FestivalTaiwan

Awards

  • WORLD PRESS, SOUTHEAST ASIA,
    HONORABLE MENTION 2023
  • WORLD PRESS, ENVIRONMENTAL STORIES
    2 ND PLACE2019
  • YVES ROCHER FOUNDATION
    GRANT2019
  • GETTY-WOMEN PHOTOGRAPH
    GRANT2018
  • INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S MEDIA FOUNDATION ADELANTE
    GRANT2018
  • INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S MEDIA FOUNDATION WOMEN’S STORIES
    GRANT2018
  • FINALIST LENSCULTURE EXPOSURE
    AWARDS2017
  • FINALIST ETHICAL FOTO
    AWARD2017
  • INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S MEDIA FOUNDATION ADELANTE FELLOW
    HONDURAS2017
  • INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S MEDIA FOUNDATION ADELANTE FELLOW
    EL SALVADOR2016
  • NOMINATED PRIX PRICTET
    2015, 2010
  • FINALIST MANUEL RIVERA-ORTIZ FOUNDATION
    GRANT2014
  • SHORTLISTED FOTOGRAFICASA PHOTOGRAPHIC
    RESIDENCY2014
  • SHORTLISTED TED
    FELLOWSHIP2014
  • NOMINATED MAGNUM FOUNDATION EMERGENCY FUND
    2011, 2014
  • PULITZER CENTER ON CRISIS REPORTING TRAVEL: TOXIC EUROPE
    GRANT2011
  • CIRCOLO FOTOGRAFICO SANNITA
    BEST EMERGING PHOTOGRAPHER2010
  • FOTOLEGGENDO
    2008
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