Nina Berman

Nina Berman

Nina Berman (USA) is a documentary photographer with a primary interest in American political and social landscape.  She is the author of two acclaimed monographs Purple Hearts – Back from Iraq, portraits and interviews with wounded veterans, and Homeland, which explores the militarization of American life post September 11. Her work has been recognized with awards in art and journalism from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the World Press Photo Foundation, the Open Society Institute Documentary Fund, Pictures of the Year International, and Hasselblad among others. She has exhibited still photographic and video work in more than 100 venues including the Brooklyn Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art, and in 2016 she was the recipient of the Aftermath Project Grant.

She started her photographic career in 1988 as an independent photographer working on assignment for the world’s major magazines including Time, Newsweek, Life and the New York Times Magazine. She covered a range of issues, from women under siege during war in Bosnia and Afghanistan, to domestic issues of criminal justice, reproductive rights, and political process.

In 2003, she began a multi-year project photographing and interviewing wounded veterans from the Iraq War. The series “Purple Hearts” was published in twelve countries and made into a feature length documentary film. In 2006, working on an Open Society Foundation fellowship, she traveled with an Iraq war veteran to bring Purple Hearts to high schools, university campuses and community centers. In 2010, her series Marine Wedding, documenting the return home of a severely wounded U. S. Marine was shown in its entirety at the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial.  She is an associate professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she runs the photography program. She lives in her home town of New York City.
  • Hedge #23
  • Fractured:the shale play
  • Occupy Wall Street
  • July 4 in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey 2003

2016: the year of trump

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From the protests against Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim speech to the demonstrations following election day,…


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British Artist Martin Creed's circling "Understanding" sculpture is seen in Brooklyn Bridge Park on…

watching the press at the RNC

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Covering a political convention is an assignment journalists love to hate. It’s like an…

za’atari: inside these walls

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The Syrian war has created an unprecedented refugee crisis with millions of Syrians displaced.…

protest against donald trump and islamophobia

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Hundreds of protesters rally in front of Trump Tower and then march through midtown…

texas muslim capitol day

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Islamaphobia fuels the fire of hate speech in America today - and is exacerbated…

eat to win

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The photography series 'Eat to Win' explores over consumption and the culture of gorging…

planned parenthood

Nina Berman - Series Captured: Febuary 2011

Though abortion was officially legalized thirty years ago, women in the USA are finding…

under the taliban

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Just before the U.S. invaded Afghanistan and the Taliban was still its official government,…

the black boys of dozier

Nina Berman - Series Captured: 03/08/2013

Slavery dies hard in the southern USA. New revelations that unidentified bodies of young…

full metal bling

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Gun rights activists in the USA continue to push for bigger weapons, more ammo…

nina berman: streetphotography with the nikon 1 v2

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As part of the Nikon 1 V2 speed project, Nina Berman takes us to…