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
  • PINE BEETLE - THE LAND OF THE DYING TREES
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ave maria

Nina Berman - March 2011

Rising from the swamps of the everglades, combining a Disney aesthetic with a Vatican…

greening the ghetto – solutions

Nina Berman - August - November 2010

What was once America’s most famous slum is now at the forefront of a…

greening the ghetto – multimedia

Nina Berman - August - November 2010

Greening the Ghetto is Nina Berman's multimedia piece on urban gardening. With 7 billion…

poisoned while deployed – multimedia

Nina Berman - August 2010

The US military has created a toxic hazard across Iraq by operating open air garbage…

partying till the last drop – consequences

Nina Berman - June 2010

Las Vegas is a metropolis of two million residents built in the driest desert…

the language of money

Nina Berman - May 2010

I am photographing the movement of money in the electronic realm as seen and…

prosperity gospel

Nina Berman - January 2010

New Birth Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia. The 25,000 member church is headed by Pastor…

pine beetle – consequences

Nina Berman - August 2009

Across British Columbia, 36 million acres of pine forests are dead and dying. The…

pine beetle – multimedia

Nina Berman - August 2009

Across British Columbia, 36 million acres of pine forests are dead and dying. The…

obama train

Nina Berman - January 2009

These photos were taken on board Barack Obama's train en route to Washington D.C.…

marine wedding

Nina Berman - August 2008

Retired Marine Sgt. Ty Ziegel, seriously wounded in Iraq by a suicide bomber got…

purple hearts – multimedia

Nina Berman - 2003 - 2004

Purple Hearts is a film of still photographic portraits and interviews with American veterans…