Nina Berman



Based in New York City, NY, USA

Available for commissions
& assignments

Nina Berman is a documentary photographer, filmmaker, author and educator. Her wide-ranging work looks at American politics, militarism, post violence trauma and resistance. Her photographs and videos have been exhibited at more than 100 venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and Dublin Contemporary.

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 World Press Photo Foundation, Pictures of the Year International, the Open Society Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Aftermath Project, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and Hasselblad. She is a professor at  Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she directs the photography program and lives in her hometown of New York City.

Selected Stories


Purple Hearts

Purple Hearts is a series of portraits and interviews with American military who returned from Iraq severely wounded. While their physical wounds are extreme, my primary focus is their psychological condition and their struggle to find identity and purpose in the aftermath of war. A divide exists between those who live the war each day — Iraqis, American troops, their families – and those for whom war is a distant incomprehensible abstraction. “My intention with this work is to make that abstraction more intimately felt.”

Fractured: THe Shale Play

Natural Gas has been hailed as a clean, plentiful source of fuel, an alternative to depleting oil reserves and polluting coal.

However, residents opposed to drilling, fearful of the health consequences and destruction of the landscape, feel helpless and threatened. 

Black boys of Dozier

Slavery dies hard in the southern USA. 

Nina Berman uncovers a modern day version of slavery and child trafficking in the United States.

This project is part of NOOR's Modern Day Slavery project.


Taken across America from 2001 till 2015, Nina Berman examines Security as a form of state sponsored performance art, merging ideology, propaganda and entertainment.

Selected Portraits


News, Education & Exhibition


Homeland | Book

An Autobiography of Miss Wish | Book

F*ck the KKK  | Print 40x30