A self-taught photographer, Newsha Tavakolian began working professionally in the Iranian press at age of 16. In 2002 she began working internationally, covering the war in Iraq. She has since covered regional conflicts, natural disasters and created social documentary projects. Her work ranges from bold reportage of political events to sensitive portraits and evocative series on socially-engaged topics including. Her projects combine a documentary and an artistic approach. Her work has been published in international magazines and newspapers and is widely exhibited at international institutions, like the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the British Museum and the Boston Museum of Fine Art that all have included her images in their permanent collections. In 2014 Tavakolian was the fifth laureate of the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award. In 2015 she was the principle laureate of the Prince Claus Award. Tavakolian became a Magnum Associate in 2017.