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Nina Berman (b 1960, New York City) is an American documentary photographer. She has published two monographs, exhibited her prints in museums worldwide, received numerous grants and awards, and is a member of the NOOR photo agency and an associate professor at Columbia University.


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She is a documentary photographer, author and educator. Much of her photographic work focuses upon the American political and social landscape, including the militarization of American life and the dialogue around war, patriotism and sacrifice. Berman is the author of two monographs: Purple Hearts – Back From Iraq, and Homeland. Her photographs and videos have been exhibited in more than one hundred solo and group exhibitions in the USA, Europe and the UK including the Brooklyn Museum, Dublin Contemporary 2011 and the 2010 Whitney Museum Biennial. She is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts grant, several photojournalism awards, including two World Press Photo Foundation awards, (one of which was for her iconic portrait “Marine Wedding” of Tyler Ziegel, a wounded Marine, and his bride), and a Hasselblad award. She is a former teacher at the International Center of Photography in New York City and has lectured at universities and conferences throughout the USA and in Europe.

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In 2005, Berman received the first Open Society Institute documentary distribution grantand traveled to high schools around the USA with Army veteran Robert Acosta presenting and exhibiting the Purple Hearts project. Her work with high school students continued in 2010 in collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art as an artist in residence with the museum’s Youth Insights program. In 2011, Berman developed a high school art curriculum with the Whitney Museum of American Art based on her images of wounded American veterans from the Iraq War and her Homeland series. In 2009, Berman became a member of the NOOR photo agency based in Amsterdam. In 2012, she became an associate professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She received an A.B. from the University of Chicago and a M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.


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  • Purple Hearts – Back from Iraq, Trolley, London, 2004.
  • Homeland, Trolley, London, 2008.
  • Catalogues/books

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  • Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know, Roy Gutman, David Rieff, Norton, 1999.
  • Humans Being: Disability in Contemporary Art, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, 2006.
  • War Stories, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, 2008.
  • The Pursuit of Happiness, Stitching Fotografie, Noorderlicht, 2009.
  • A History of Women Photographers, Naomi Rosenblum, Abbeville Press Publishers, New York, 2010.
  • A New American Photographic Dream: US Today After, Gilles Verneret, Silvana Editoriale, Milan, 2010.
  • Whitney Biennial 2010, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2010.
  • Disquieting Images, Germano Celant /Melissa Harris, Skira, Milan, 2011.
  • Ugliness: A Reconsideration, I.B. Tauris, London, 2012.
  • Photographs Not Taken, Will Steacy, Daylight Books, 2012.
  • Making History, RAY Fotografieprojekte, Frankfurt, 2012.
  • Bosnia - 1992-1995, Jon Jones and Gary Knight, Sarajevo, 2012.
  • War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and its Aftermath, Anne Wilkes Tucker, MFAH, USA, 2012.
  • Photojournalists on War: The Untold Stories from Iraq, Mike Kamber, University of Texas, 2013.
  • Trolleyology, Gigi Giannuzzi/Hannah Watson, Trolley, London, 2013.
  • Selected exhibitions

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  • 2005 "Purple Hearts" at "Moving Walls", Open Society Institute, New York City
  • 2007 Jen Bekman Gallery, New York City
  • 2008 Visa Pour L'Image, Perpignan, France
  • 2008 "War Stories", Massachusetts College of Art, Boston
  • 2009 Gage Gallery, Roosevelt University, Chicago
  • 2009 War Ltd, “Purple Hearts”, Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • 2010 "US Today After," IUFM Confluences, Lyon, France
  • 2010 "Biennial 2010", Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City
  • 2010 “Disquieting Images”, Milano Triennale Milan, Italy
  • 2011 Noorderlicht Photo Festival, “Metropolis”, Groningen, The Netherlands
  • 2011 Gemak Museum, “Generation 9-11” The Hague, The Netherlands
  • 2011 “Changes”, Halle 14, Leipzig, Germany
  • 2011 Dublin Contemporary 2011, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2012 Howard Greenberg Gallery, “New York in Color,” New York, USA
  • 2012 Weatherspoon Art Museum, “To What Purpose? Photography as Art and Document”, Greensboro, USA
  • 2012 Helsinki Photography Biennial, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2012 Bronx Documentary Center, "Bronx Gardens", Bronx, NY, USA
  • 2012 RAY 2012, Frankfurt, Germany
  • 2012 John Michael Kohler Arts Center, "The Kids Are All Right", Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA
  • 2012 Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, "War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath", Houston, USA
  • 2012 Honolulu Museum of Art, "Courage and Strength", Honolulu, USA
  • 2012 Portland Art Museum, "Flesh and Bone: Photography and the Body", Portland, OR, USA
  • 2013 Denver Month of Photography - Red Line Gallery, "The Reality of Fiction", Denver, USA
  • 2013 Sylvia Wald/ Po Kim Art Gallery "War is for the Living", New York City, USA
  • 2013 Annenberg Space for Photography, "War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath", Los Angeles, USA
  • 2013 Maison de la Photographie - Robert Doisneau, "Solutions by NOOR', Gentilly, France
  • 2013 Corcoran Gallery of Art, "War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath", Washington D.C. USA
  • 2013 Center for Photography at Woodstock, "Marcellus Shale Documentary Project", Woodstock, NY, USA
  • 2013 Noorderlicht, "To Have and Have Not", Groningen, The Netherlands
  • 2013 Photoville "Fractured: the Shale Play", Brooklyn, New York, USA
  • 2013 Zacheta National Gallery of Art, "In God We Trust", Warsaw, Poland
  • 2013 Brooklyn Museum, "War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath", Brooklyn, NY USA
  • 2014 Manchester Art Gallery "The Sensory War: 1914-2014", Manchester, UK
  • 2014 Palmer Art Museum, "Marcellus Shale Documentary Project," State College, PA, USA
  • 2014 Le Musee des Beaux-Arts "Putain de Guerre: 1914- 2014," Charleroi, Belgium
  • 2014 Portland Art Museum, "Blue Sky at 40," Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Awards

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  • 1987 Finalist, Livingston Award
  • 1993 Pictures of the Year Award
  • 1997 Pictures of the Year Award
  • 1998 Communication Arts
  • 1998 Pictures of the Year Award
  • 1999 Communication Arts
  • 1999 Pictures of the Year Award
  • 2000 Communication Arts
  • 2002 American Photography Annual
  • 2003 American Photography Annual
  • 2004: Third Prize (with two others) (along with four others), Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards.
  • 2005 American Photo Magazine, 100 most important people in photography issue
  • 2005 Open Society Institute Documentary Grant
  • 2005 World Press Photo Foundation
  • 2006 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship
  • 2007 Pictures of the Year Award
  • 2007 World Press Photo Foundation
  • 2009 PDN Annual Book Award
  • 2009 Hasselblad Masters Award
  • 2014 The Josephine Herrick Project Annual Photographer Award

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