about us

Since its establishment in 2007, as both a photo agency and foundation, the international roster of NOOR’s accomplished and award-winning member photographers have documented civil and political unrest, environmental issues, war, famine, and natural disasters throughout the globe. It is an abiding commitment to the fundamental power of photography to bear witness to the struggle for human rights and social justice that form the principles of NOOR.

NOOR – an Arabic word meaning light – seeks to contribute to a growing understanding of the world by producing independent visual reports that stimulate positive social change and impact views on issues of global concern.

NOOR, headquartered in Amsterdam, is made up of twelve photographers from nine different countries: Nina Berman, Andrea Bruce, Stanley Greene and Jon Lowenstein (USA), Pep Bonet and Sebastián Liste (Spain), Bénédicte Kurzen (France), Yuri Kozyrev (Russia), Francesco Zizola (Italy), Alixandra Fazzina (UK), Kadir van Lohuizen (the Netherlands) and Asim Rafiqui (Sweden/Pakistan). The NOOR photographers produce in-depth photo-essays and pursue longer-term projects. They believe that some things simply need to be seen, and unite their individual visions to facilitate this.

Besides individual photographic projects, collective projects are at the core of NOOR.

In its business and operational model, NOOR is in essence owned and directed by the member photographers. The members are in NOOR together to direct their professional lives towards achieving their vision by effectively pooling their resources.

  • Afghanistan, maternal mortality
  • Inside Iraq
  • Mariah Driver plays Hide and Seek with her sisters outside her house on S. Chicago St. in Chicago's Pocket Town neighborhood.

foundation

The NOOR Foundation is an international non-profit organization creating and distributing compelling photo-journalistic works with the aim to raise awareness, enhance an understanding of the world and to contribute to the visual history of mankind. The foundation facilitates the production of photographic projects through exhibitions, publications, and other (online) activities, stimulating public dialogue. Educational initiatives are at the core of the foundation's activities. To realize our projects and work we seek the collaboration of NGOs and foundations, and the financial support of grants, subsidies and sponsor partnerships. NOOR is grateful for the support and contributions by its sponsor organizations.


photo agency

The NOOR Photo Agency collectively and actively markets, distributes and exhibits the work of its member photographers and welcomes commissions for editorial work and reportage assignments. NOOR's online picture archive contains over 30.000 images and is accessible via the image library. Please register in case you wish to make lightboxes and order pictures or contact the NOOR office for specific requests. We also work with various syndication partners, supporting and distributing our work in specific geographical territories. Some of the images on this website and in the archive are available as collectors' prints, for more information visit the store or contact us.

Our editorial clients include 6 Mois, CNN, L’Espresso, L’Europeo, Financial Times, GEO France and GEO Germany, Greenpeace Magazine, The Guardian, L’Illustré, Internazionale, Mare, Marie Claire Italy and Marie Claire France, Le Monde, MSNBC, National Geographic Magazine, Newsweek, Newsweek Japan, The New York Times, The New Yorker, NPR, NRC Handelsblad, Orion Magazine, Paris Match, Polka, Russian Reporter, The Sunday Times Magazine, Time Magazine, Vokrugs Veta, Vrij Nederland, De Volkskrant, The Telegraph, The Washington Post, and many more magazines, newspapers and broadcast outlets.

 

Our NGO clients include ACTED, Aidsfonds, Alertnet, Greenpeace, HRW, Medecins Sans Frontieres, OSI, Oxfam, Save the Children, UNICEF, Treball Solidari, UNHCR and WarChild amongst others.

accomplishments

NOOR’s photographers have received the highest honours in the fields of photojournalism and documentary photography. Combined, the photographers were recognized with 30 World Press Photo Awards. In addition, the photographers have been recognized with more than ten Pictures of the Year Awards, two Days Japan International Photo Awards, the ICP Infinity Award, the Chris Hondros Fund Award, a John Faber and a Oliver Rebbot Award from the Overseas Press Club, a John Simon Memorial Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Hasselblad Masters Award and two Visa d'Or at the Visa Pour l'Image Festival, amongst other industry recognitions.


The photographers’ concern for human rights have widely been recognized with, amongst other recognitions, a W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, Amnesty International Media Awards, the 2010 Nansen Refugee Award (awarded by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees). An Open Society Institute’s Documentary Grant, the Vic Odden Award (Royal Photographic Society), the WHNPA Grant and the Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship have also been granted to NOOR photographers.

NOOR’s pictures were selected for the 2010 Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial, exhibited at the 2011 Dublin Contemporary, at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, at the Rijksmuseum and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Amsterdam, at La Maison de la Photographie Robert Doisneau in Paris, and at the gallery War Photo Limited in Dubrovnik, among others.

press

Coming soon.