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

Object Lessons

Nina Berman -

“ There are few violations more degrading to the dignity of the individual, and…

hurricane sandy: from coney island to belle harbor

Nina Berman - November 03, 2012

To travel from the projects of Coney Island to the smashed estates of Belle…

sandy at night

Nina Berman - October 30, 2012

In lower Manhattan now at night, with no power, cell phone service, light is…

stories for boys | occupy wall street

Nina Berman - September 2012

In September 2012, as part of the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall street, Nina…

occupy wall street

Nina Berman - September - November 2011

Occupy Wall Street is a demonstration in lower Manhattan against corporate influence and income…

the fracking of rachel carson – multimedia

Nina Berman - August 2012

Fifty years ago a book changed the way we think about nature—or did it?…

fractured: the shale play

Nina Berman - June 2011

Natural Gas has been hailed as a clean, plentiful source of fuel, an easy…


Nina Berman - 2005-2010

Soul Saving Supersized The traffic starts building by 8am, an orderly, mile-long procession of SUVs,…

september 11: the afterglow

Nina Berman - September 11

There was an afterglow, a lingering light, a feeling before the crush when the…

homeland insecurities

Nina Berman - 2001-2008

'Homeland Insecurities' is a series of images - taken across the United States from…

stop and frisk – multimedia

Nina Berman - March 2012

At a rate of every minute every day, the New York Police Department stops…

stop and frisk

Nina Berman - March 2012

At a rate of every minute every day, the New York Police Department stops…