Toronto specializing in contemporary photography

Dominic Nahr

Dominic Nahr

born 1983, Switzerland

Dominic Nahr was born in Appenzell, Switzerland in 1983 and grew up in Hong Kong. In 2008 he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts in Toronto, Canada and moved to Nairobi, Kenya in 2009.

In 2004 Nahr started to work as a photographer for the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. He left the newspaper in 2006 to cover the civil unrest in East Timor for Agence France-Presse, before returning back to his studies. Since graduating, Nahr has devoted himself to documenting conflicts, humanitarian crises and critical social issues. He has worked on extensive photographic essays in Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, South Africa, Haiti, Egypt, Gaza, Iraq and Japan.

Nahr joined the Joop Swart Masterclass by World Press Photo in 2010 and became a contract photographer for Time Magazine the following year. His clients include National Geographic Magazine, The New Yorker, Stern, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Schweizer Illustrierte and Médecins Sans Frontières amongst others. In 2016, he co-founded NAMARA Represents, a commercial agency based out of Toronto and New York. Nahr is currently represented by Contact Press Images in New York and Focus Agentur in Hamburg.

Among numerous honors, Nahr has received a World Press Photo Award, Pictures of the Year Awards, Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award, Swiss Press Photo Award, Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund, a Marty Forscher Fellowship Fund for Humanitarian Photography, and was twice nominated for the Prix Pictet. In 2015 he was named Swiss Photographer of the Year by the Swiss Photo Academy in Zurich.

Nahr’s photographs have been exhibited internationally in solo shows, at such places as Les Rencontres d’Arles, twice at Visa pour l’image in Perpignan, NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft in Düsseldorf and Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art (USA), Fotostiftung Schweiz, Magnum Photos, Ryerson Image Centre, The Ransom Centre, The Wedge Collection, Getty Images and various private collections.

Nahr is a guest lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts at the Hochschule Hannover, Germany and teaches photography workshops for professional photographers in developing countries such as Mali and Myanmar.

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Curriculum Vitae (CV)


Dominic Nahr CV [PDF]