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.