Diana Zeyneb Alhindawi uses photography to explore the human condition across various political and cultural contexts. She is based in Brooklyn, USA, but often works in areas experiencing social unrest or humanitarian emergencies. Her photography has been published and showcased by media outlets like the New York Times newspaper and Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera America, Le Monde, CNN, National Geographic Traveler, Vice Magazine, Geo Germany, Newsweek, Toronto Star and Paris Match, and international NGOs like Doctors without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières, Save the Children, Human Rights Watch and International Committee of the Red Cross. (For a complete list of clients, see below.) In 2014, she was named one of Lens Culture's Top 50 Emerging Talents for 2014. In 2015, she received the ICRC Humanitarian Visa d'Or Award for her coverage of the Minova Rape Trial, eastern Congo's most significant mass rape trial to date. In 2018, she was named one of PDN's 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch For.
Diana's interests reflect her multicultural background and upbringing: born in rural Romania to a Romanian mother and Iraqi father, Diana witnessed her family experience political circumstances that landed them as refugees in the former Yugoslavia, after which they were resettled to Canada. These early experiences led her to pursue careers in humanitarian aid and in human rights. For several years, she has held management and research positions with organizations such as UN Development Programme, Save the Children and Oxfam, working on the ground in areas affected by conflict or natural disasters. In mid-2013, she decided to also focus her professional efforts on photography.
Diana holds two BA degrees - one in Economics and one in Neuroscience - from The Johns Hopkins University, and has completed all but her thesis for a MA degree in International Development from American University, School of International Service.
She speaks English, Romanian, Spanish and French.
Instagram exhibit. Photoville. Brooklyn, NY, USA. Sep 2017.
Rape in Conflict. United Nations Headquarters Visitors' Lobby. New York, NY, USA. Jan 26 - Mar 6 2017.
In Prima Linea, donne fotoreporter in luoghi di guerra. Palazzo Madama, Turin, Italy. Oct 7 - Nov 13 2016.
VICE Magazine 2016 Photo Show. Industrial Superstudios, 39 S. 5th St, Brooklyn, NY, USA. Sep 23-24, 2016.
The Minova Trial. United Nations Headquarters, New York, USA. June 20 - July 1, 2016.
Viol: Le Procès de Minova (solo exhibition). Sciences Po Collège Universitaire Méditerranée, Menton, France. Jan 18 - Feb, 2016.
Viol: Le Procès de Minova (solo exhibition). Gallerie Causette, Paris, France. Nov 3 - Dec 5, 2015.
The Minova Trials (solo exhibition). 27th International Festival of Photojournalism "Visa Pour L'Image," Perpignan, France. Aug 29 - Sept 18, 2015.
Bear Dance. The Fence Exhibition. Brooklyn, Houston and Atlanta, USA. 2015.
LensCulture Emerging Talents 2014 Exhibition. Valid Foto Gallery, Barcelona, Spain. Oct 13 - Nov 8, 2014.
Prosecuting Sexual Violence in Conflict: A Journey Through the International Judicial System. Projection, curated by ART WORKS Projects. Philanthropy House, Brussels, Belgium. March 2014.
LECTURES / CONFERENCES
“Photographing Violence.” Women in Focus. (Reuters and International Center for Photography) London, UK. Nov 13, 2018.
“PDN30.” Western Kentucky University. Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA. Nov 2018.
“Covering conflict - and telling the story right.” PhotoPlus Expo. New York, USA. Oct 26, 2018. 3 PM
“Por una geografia sin violencia: El derecho a la salud sexual y reproductiva desde una perspectiva global.” Filmoteca de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Oct 10, 2016. 12:25 PM.
“El Ensayo Fotográfico y la Creación de la Noticia.” II Jornades Fotográfia Social. Centre de la Imatge, Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona, Spain. Apr 13, 2016.
“Photographer talk: Diana Zeyneb Alhindawi.” Visa Pour L'Image International Festival of Photojournalism. Palais de Congres, Perpignan, France. Sept 3, 2015.
2018 PDN's 30: Our Choice of New and Emerging Photographers to Watch for in 2018
2015 International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Humanitarian Visa d'Or Award
The Allard Prize for International Integrity - Photography Award
The Fence at Photoville - People's Choice Award
2014 LensCulture Emerging Talent Award 2014 – Top 50 Emerging Talents
2012 IREX Make a Better World Photo Contest – People’s Choice Award
The New York Times newspaper
The New York Times Magazine
The Sunday Times Magazine
The Wall Street Journal
Marie Claire US
Al Jazeera America
National Geographic Traveler
L'Instant - Paris Match
Dazed & Confused
Science et Vie Junior
Anoche Tuve Un Sueno
Red Cross Red Crescent Magazine
Institutions / NGOs:
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Save the Children
Human Rights Watch
Norwegian Refugee Council
American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative
On the Ground
ART WORKS Projects
Comité pour la santé des exilés (Comede)
Conciliation Resources / Accord
Chokgyur Lingpa Foundation
United Colors of Benetton
Higher Grounds Trading Co.