Nina Berman is a documentary photographer, filmmaker, author and educator. Her wide-ranging work looks at American politics, militarism, post violence trauma and resilience. Her photographs and videos have been exhibited at more than 100 venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.  She is the author of Purple Hearts – Back from Iraq, portraits and interviews with wounded American veterans, Homeland, an exploration of the militarization of American life post September 11, and most recently, An autobiography of Miss Wish a story told with a survivor of sexual violence and reported over 25 years. Her work has been recognized with awards in art and journalism from the New York Foundation for the Art, the World Press Photo Foundation, Pictures of the Year International, the Open Society Foundation, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and Hasselblad. She is a member of the photography and film collective NOOR images and a tenured professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she directs the photography program. She lives in her hometown of New York City.



University of Chicago, B.A. English 1982

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, M.S. 1985

Grants, fellowships, awards

2018 Aperture/Paris Photo Book Award, shortlist

2018 Recontres d'Arles Book Award shortlist

2018 Prix Pictet nomination

2018 PDN Annual Book Award

2017 Susan E. Tifft fellow in Documentary and Journalism

2016 Lange Taylor Prize Finalist

2016 Aftermath Project Grant recipient

2015 American Photography Annual

2015 Prix Pictet nomination

2014 Blue Mountain Center focused residency

2014 Society of Professional Journalists/ Northern California/

2014 The Josephine Herrick Project Annual Photographer Award

2013 Prix Pictet nomination

2012 Prix Pictet nomination

2012 Puffin Foundation Grant

2010 Whitney Museum of American Art Residency

2009 Hasselblad Masters Award

2009 PDN Annual Book Award

2007 World Press Photo Foundation Award

2007 Pictures of the Year Award

2006 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship

2005 World Press Photo Foundation

2005 Open Society Institute Documentary Grant

2005 American Photo, 100 most important people in photography issue

2005 Days Japan International Photo Award

2003 American Photography Annual

2002 American Photography Annual

2000 Communication Arts

1999 Pictures of the Year

1999 Communication Arts

1998 Emma Award

1998 Pictures of the Year

1998 Communication Arts

1997 Pictures of the Year Award

1993 Pictures of the Year Award

1987 Finalist Livingston Award


An Autobiography of Miss Wish, Kehrer Verlag, 2017

Homeland, Trolley, 2008

Purple Hearts - Back from Iraq, Trolley,2004

Film Screenings

Triumph of the Shill - short documentary

2018 Lenfest School of the Arts, Columbia University

2018 Hamburg Triennale of Photography

2018 School of Visual Arts

2018 Washington DC Independent Film Festival (DCIFF)

2018 Photoville "After Charlottesville"

2017 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF)201

2017 New Filmmakers NY (NYYF) ;

2017 Portland Film Festival


Solo Exhibitions

2019: Image Singulières,  An autobiography of Miss Wish,"  Sete, France

2018: Gallery Nova,  "An autobiography of Miss Wish, " Zagreb, Croatia

2017: Mirbach Palace, "American Power and Myth 2002-2017, Bratislava, Slovakia

2013: Photoville, "Fractured: the Shale Play", Brooklyn, NY, USA

2012: Bronx Documentary Center, "Gardens", The Bronx, USA,

2011: Dublin Contemporary, "Homeland/Marine Wedding", Dublin, Ireland,

2011: Royal Society of Medicine, "Purple Hearts" London, UK,

2010: Melkweg Gallery, "Purple Hearts," Amsterdam, The Netherlands,

2010: Bernstein Gallery, "Purple Hearts," Princeton University, USA,

2009: Side Gallery, "Homeland/Marine Wedding", New Castle, England,

2009: War Ltd, "Purple Hearts", Dubrovnik, Croatia,

2009: Gage Gallery, Roosevelt University, "Homeland", Chicago Illinois

2009: Media Alliance, "Homeland, Purple Hearts," Troy, NY,

2008: Cicero Gallery, "Purple Hearts/Marine Wedding," Berlin, Germany,

2008: Photokina, "Purple Hearts/Marine Wedding," Cologne, Germany,

2008: Jen Bekman Gallery, " Homeland", New York City,

2008: Elon University, "Purple Hearts," Elon, North Carolina,

2007:Jen Bekman Gallery, "Purple Hearts," New York City,

2007: Alice Austen House Museum, "Purple Hearts," Staten Island, NY,

2006: University of Maryland, "Purple Hearts," Baltimore, Maryland

2006: Trolley Gallery, "Purple Hearts," London, England

2005: Galerie Cerami, "Purple Hearts," Charleroi, Belgium,

2005: National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, "Purple Hearts," Chicago, Illinois, USA

2005: Deutsche American Institute, "Purple Hearts," Heidelberg, Germany,


2015: Hamburg Triennal of Photography, "NOOR Za'atari project," Hamburg, Germany

2012: Helsinki Biennial, "Urban and City:" Helsinki, Finland,

2010: Whitney Museum of American Art, "Biennial 2010," New York, NY

2010: Milano Triennale, "Disquieting Images," Milan, Italy,

2010: Biennale d'Art contemporain, d'Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

Group Exhibitions


University of Michigan,"Whose Streets, Our Streets," Ann Arbor, USA

Monroe Gallery of Photography, "Living in History," Santa Fe, USA

Parsons School of Design, "Beyond Addiction, Reframing Recovery,"  New York City, USA

UC Berkeley Art Museum,  "The Goodman Photography Collection,"  Berkeley, USA 

Military Museums: Founders Gallery,  "Walled Off: The Politics of Containment,"  Calgary, Canada


Museum of Broken Windows,  New York City, USA

Museum of Natural History,  "Everyday Climate Change", Verona, Italy

Harris Gallery RIT, "Whose Streets? Our Streets!",  Rochester, NY

Cinema Galeries,  "Unframed", Brussels, Belgium

Athens Photo Festival, "Personal Notebooks"  Benaki Museum,  Athens, Greece

Annenberg Space for Photography, "Not and Ostrich: And other Images from America’s Library", Los Angeles, USA

Trout Gallery, Dickinson College, "Unloaded," Carlisle, PA, USA

UGM/Maribor Art Gallery, "Vigilance, Struggle, Price: Through Her Eyes," Maribor, Slovenia


Centro Internazionale di fotografia, "Women photograph Women, " Palermo, Sicily

Zimmerli Art Museum, "Partisan Views and Public Opinion, " New Brunswick, NJ, USA

Czech Photo Center, “NOOR by NOOR, “ Prague, Czech Republic

Prix Bayeux Calvados, "NOOR Forgotton Conflicts/Tomorrow's Conflicts, " Bayeux, France

F³ Freiraum für Fotografie, "NOOR by NOOR", Berlin, GermanyPhotoville: Charlottesville and Beyond, Brooklyn, NY, USA

NYU Tisch School of the Arts, “Reimagining A Safe Space, “NYC, USA

Nathan Cummings Foundation, “Reimagining A Safe Space, “NY, USA

Krakow Month of Photo: "The War From Here,", Krakow, Poland

Paraty em Foco, "Resist by NOOR", Paraty, Brazil

Minneapolis College of Art and Design, "Unloaded," Minneapolis, USA

Institute of Contemporary Art, "Unloaded", Portland, ME, USAMarcia Wood Gallery, "Unloaded", Atlanta, GA,

Eyes on Main Street, Wilson, North Carolina, USA

Museum of Yugoslav History, "Lessons of '91" Belgrade, Serbia

Brandts Musuem, "In War and Peace", Odense, Denmark

Bronx Documentary Center, "Whose Streets? Our Streets!" The Bronx, NY, USA

University of Kentucky, Bolivar Art Gallery, "Unloaded," Lexington, KY, US


Chavonnes Battery Museum, "1% Privilege in a time of Global Inequality, " Capetown, South Africa

Indiana Museum of Contemporary Art, Unloaded, Indianapolis, IN, USA

Organ Vida, Lessons of 91, Zagreb, Croatia

Station Independent, "WE:AMEricans," New York City, USA

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, "Marcellus Shale Documentary Project: An Expanded View," Pittsburgh, USA

Head On Photo Festival, "1% Privilege in a time of Global Inequality", Sydney, Australia

Eyes on Main Street, Wilson, NC, USA

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, "Unloaded", Grand Rapids, MI, USA

Gage Gallery, Roosevelt University, "1% Privilege in a time of Global Inequality", Chicago, IL, USA

Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College, "Unloaded," Ithaca, NY, USA


Pingyao International Photo Festival, "1% Privilege in a time of Global Inequality, Pingyao, China

Institute Francais, "EveryDay Climate Change," Milan, Italy

Monroe Gallery of Photography, "The Long Road: From Selma To Ferguson," Santa fe, New Mexico, USA

Fotografia Europea 2015, "NOOR Diary of a Changing Planet,' Reggio Emilia, Italy

Philadelphia Photographic Arts Center, "Marcellus Shale Documentary Project," Philadelphia, PA, USA

Space, "Unloaded", Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Smackmellon, "Respond," Brooklyn, NY, USA

United Nations, "Za'atari", New York City, USA


Musee de Beaux Arts, “Putain de Guerre”, Charleroi, Belgium

Manchester Art Gallery, The Sensory War, Manchester, UK

Portland Art Museum: Blue Sky at 40, Portland, Oregon, USA

Palmer Art Museum: Marcellus Shale Doc Project, State College, Pennsylvania, USA

Photoville 2014, Za'atari, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Art Works Projects: Slavery Uncovered, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Kunstmuseum Dieselkraftwerk, The Critical Camera, Cottbus, Germany

Francis Marion University, Purple Hearts,Florence, South Carolina, USA

Allegheny College, Marcellus Shale Doc Project, Meadville, PA, USA

Brooklyn Museum, "War/Photography, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Youngstown State University, "Marcellus Shale," Youngstown, USA


Brooklyn Museum, "War/Photography, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Zacheta National Gallery of Art, "In God We Trust," Warsaw, Poland

Athens Photo Fesitval, "Purple Hearts video", Athens, Greece

Noorderlicht Photo Festival, "Hedge", Groningen, The Netherlands

Corcoran Gallery, "War/Photography", Washington D.C. USA

Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College, "Marcellus Shale," Ithaca, NY, USA

La Maison de la Photographie Robert Doisneau+, "Solutions by NOOR," Gentilly, France

Center for Photography, "Marcellus Shale," Woodstock, USA

Weatherspoon Art Museum, "Kids are All Right," Greensboro, USA

Look 3 Photo Festival, "Fracking" Charlottesville, USA

Annenberg Space for Photography, "War/Photography," Los Angeles, USA

Red Line Gallery, "The Reality of Fiction," Denver, USA

Galerie Cerami, "Under the Bridge," Charleroi, Belgium

Sylvia Wald + Po Kim Gallery, "War is for the Living," New York, USA

Sol Mednick Gallery, "Marcellus Shale," Philadelphia, USA


Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) "War/Photography", Houston, USA

John Michael Kohler Arts Center "The Kids are All Right," Sheboygan, USA

Kunstverein-Tiergarten "The Critical Camera", Berlin, Germany

Honolulu Museum of Art, "Courage and Strength," Honolulu, USA

Pittsburgh Filmmakers, "Marcellus Shale, " PIttsuburgh, USA

Portland Art Museum, "Flesh and Bones," Portland, USA

Howard Greenberg Gallery, "New York in Color," NYC, USA

Ray 2012, "Obama Train," Frankfurt, Germany

Weatherspoon Art Museum, "Photography as Art and Document," Greensboro, USA

South Street Seaport Museum, "Occupy Wall Street," NYC, USA

Fovea Gallery, "Occupy," Beacon, USA

Getty Gallery, "Solutions", London, UK


Halle 14, “Changes”, Leipzig, Nuremberg, Weimar, Germany

GEMAK, "Generation 9-11", The Hague, The Netherlands

Monroe Gallery of Photography, "Big Picture," Santa Fe, USA

Montserrat College of Art, "For the Record", Beverly, USA

Silver Eye Center for Photography, "HomeFrontLine, Pittsburgh, USA

Noorderlicht " Metropolis", Groningen, The Netherlands

German American Center, Stuttgart, Germany

Canadian War Museum, "War and Medicine," Ottawa, Canada

Ikono, "Noor" Brussels, Belgium

10b, "Consequences by NOOR," Rome, Italy

10b, "Solutions by NOOR," Rome, Italy

Galerie Cerami, "Under the Bridge," Charlero, Belgium


IUFM Confluences, "US Today After," Lyon, France

Gallery ID, "Hedge" Miami, Florida

Bieler Fototage, "Homeland", Bienne, Switzerland

ARos Aarhus Kunstmuseum, "I Love You," Aarhus, Denmark

Alternatilla, "Consequences by NOOR," Majorca, Spain

IPPNW World Congress, "Purple Hearts," Basel, Switzerland

Rembrandt Square, "Consequences by NOOR," Amsterdam


New Orleans Museum of Art, "The Art of Caring," New Orleans, LA

Houston Center for Photography, "Unite and Untie," Houston, Texas

Dask Gallery, "Consequences by NOOR," Copenhagen, Denmark

Powerhouse Arena, "Its Darkest Places: War Illuminated", Brooklyn, NY

Galerie Cerami, “No Comment”, Charleroi, Beligum

Noorderlicht, "Human Conditions," Groningen, The Netherlands

FotoPub, "Homeland," Novo Mesto, Slovenia

Kunstraum Potsdam, "Purple Hearts/Marine Wedding", Potsdam, Germany

ArteFoto 2009, "Homeland," Ancona, Italy

Deutsches Hygiene Museum, ”War and Medicine", Dresden, Germany


Wellcome Collection, "War and Medicine," London, England

Stephen Cohen Gallery, "Images of War," Los Angeles, California

Pingyao International Photo Festival, Pingyao, China

Bumbershoot, "Power of One," Seattle, Washington

Benham Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington

Fovea Editions, "Frontlines", Beacon, New York

Portland Art Museum, "New on the Wall," Portland, Oregon

Massachusetts College of Art, "War Stories," Boston, USA

Jen Bekman, "Ne Plus Ultra", New York City


Musee de l'Art Wallon "Icare", Liege, Belgium

Mark Di Suvero Peace Tower, Chicago, Illinois

World Press Photo Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Visa Pour L'Image, Perpignan, France

Boca Raton Museum of Art, "Thy Brother's Keeper" Boca Raton, USA

Nathan Cummings Foundation, "The Big Picture," New York City

Green Door Studio, "Purple Hearts," Burlington, Vermont

Columbia School of Social Work, "Purple Hearts," New York City

Suny Potsdam, Crumb Library, Potsdam, New York

Galerie Cerami, "Purple Hearts," Charleroi, Belgium


Spool Mfg - "Overload:" Johnson City, New York

Flint Institute of Arts, "The Human Condition", Flint, Michigan

Chicago Cultural Center, "Humans Being: Disability in Contemporary Art, " Chicago, Il

Open Society Institute, "Moving Walls," Washington D.C.

University of Hawaii, "Purple Hearts," Hilo, Hawaii


World Press Photo Foundation, Amsterdam, 2005

Smack Mellon Gallery, "War," Brooklyn, New York

Provisions Library, "War", Washington D.C,

Open Society Institute, "Moving Walls," New York City

Foto&Photo, "Purple Hearts" Cesano Maderno, Italy

Blue Sky Gallery, "Purple Hearts," Portland, Oregon

2004 - 1991

Gladstone Building, "Purple Hearts," Oakland, California

Redux Gallery, "Purple Hearts," New York City

Visa Pour L'Image, Perpignan, France

Musee de L'Elysee "New York after New York", Lausanne, Switzerland

Palazzo Isimbardi, "9-11", Milan, Italy

Museum of the City of New York, "New York Now 2000"

Visa Pour L'Image, Perpignan, France, 1997

United Nations, "Faces of Sorrow", New York City

Henry Street Settlement, "On the Edge." New York City


War Is Only Half The Story,  ed Sara Terry, Dewi Lewis, 2018

Subective/Objective: A Century of Social Photography, Ed Donna Gustafson and Andres Mario Zervigon, University of Chicago Press, 2017

 In/Visible War: The Culture of War in Twenty-First Century America, Rutgers University Press, 2017

Re-imagining A Safe Space, Deborah Willis and Melissa Harris, Nathing Cummings Foundation/NYU Tisch, 2017

Whose Streets? Our Streets!, Meg Handler, Tamar Carroll, Mike Kamber, Bronx Documentary Center, 2017

Unloaded,Susanne Slavick, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 2015

1% Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality, Myles Little, Hatje Cantz, 2015

Blue Sky, The Oregon Center for Photographic Arts at 40, Julia Dolan, Portland Art Museum, 2014

Trolleyology, Gigi Giannuzzi/Hannah Watson, Trolley, London, 2013

Photojournalists on War: The Untold Stories from Iraq, Mike Kamber, University of Texas, 2013

War/Photography:Images of Armed Conflict and its Aftermath, Anne Wilkes Tucker, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2012

Marcellus Shale Documentary Project, Laura Domencic, Pittsburgh, 2012

Bosnia 1992 – 1995, Jon Jones, Gary Knight, Sarajevo, 2012

Making History, RAY Fotografieprojekte, Frankfurt, 2012

Photographs Not Taken, Will Steacy, Daylight Books, 2012

Disquieting Images, Germano Celant /Melissa Harris, Skira, Milan, 2011

Whitney Biennial 2010 Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2010

US Today After, Gilles Verneret, Silvana Editoriale, Milan, 2010

A History of Women Photographers, Naomi Rosenblum, Abbeville Press Publishers, New York, 2010

The Pursuit of Happiness,Stitching Fotografie, Noorderlicht, 2009

War Stories, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, 2008

Humans Being: Disability in Contemporary Art, Chicago Cultural Center, and Chicago, 2006

Crimes of War, Roy Gutman, David Rieff, Norton, USA, 1999

Academic Journals

Dissent Magazine  "Syria's Displaced," Photo Essay, Summer 2016

Humanity Journal, "Object Lessons," University of Pennsylvania, Press, 2016

Public Culture "Fracking Communities", Colin Jerolmack and Nina Berman, Duke University Press, May, 2106

Selected Public and Private Collections

Musee de Charleroi, Belgium

Centre national de l'audiovisuel (CNA), Luxembourg

Incite Project, UK

Library of Congress, USA

Liege-Musée des Beaux-Arts, Belgium

Museum of Fine Arts Houston, USA

Museum of the City of New York, USA

Open Society Foundation, USA

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, USA

Portland Art Museum, USA

Weatherspoon Art Museum, USA

Zimmerli Art Museum, USA

Visiting Artists Lecture Venues

Annenberg Space for Photography

Baruch College

Bronx Documentary Center

Carter Center

Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University

Colby College

Colgate University

Columbia University

Dart Center

DOK Festival, Norway

Drexel University

Empire State College

Francis Marion University

George Washington University

International Center of Photography

Indiana University

Institute for Public Knowledge, NYU

Humanity House, The Hague

John Jay College

Kutztown University

Lisbon Consortium

Massachusetts College of Art

Montserrat College of Art

New York Academy of Medicine

New York Film Academy

New School

New York University

Northern Virginia Community College

Palmer Art Museum - Penn State

Pratt Institute

Princeton University

Rochester Institute of Technology

Roosevelt University

Rutgers University

School of Visual Arts

Scottish Parliament

Susquehanna University

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Santa Barbara

University of Michigan

University of North Carolina, Greensboro

University of Southern California, Annenberg

University of South Wales,  Cardiff

Weatherspoon Art Museum

Whitney Museum of American Art

Yale University

Zimmerli Art Museum


2019 - Present
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism:  Tenured Professor,  New York, USA

2012- 2019
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism: Associate Professor, New York, USA

NOOR Master Class- Sofia,  Bulgaria

NOOR Master Class - Warsaw, Poland

Al-Liquindoi and Contemporary Image Collection - Visual storytelling workshop - Cairo, Egypt

Framing the Future/NOOR - Cairo, Egypt

Whitney Museum of American Art: Veterans Eye: Collaborative Program with Brooklyn VA hospital PTSD clinic

NOOR Master Class - St. Petersburg, Russia

Whitney Museum of American Art: Artist in Residence Youth Insights

1999, 2004 - 2009
International Center of Photography (ICP) Documentary/Photojournalism Seminar


2019 W. Eugene Smith, Student Award
2019 United Photo Industries,  The Fence
2018 Catchlight Award
2017 Slovak Press Photo Jury Chair
2017 FotoEvidence Book Award
2017 Documenting Detroit Fellows
2014 Terry O'Neil Photography Award
2013 Terry O'Neill Photography Award
2012 Aftermath Project Grant
2011 World Press Photo Foundation
2011 Hasselblad Masters
2006 Pictures of the Year International 

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Nina Berman, documentary photographer, photojournalist, filmmaker, NOOR photo agency , Professor at Columbia University Journalism School, artist, Whitney Biennial
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