Rena Effendi, Award-Winning Documentary Photographer
Rena Effendi is an award-winning documentary photographer. She is an author of two monographs published in 2009 – “Pipe Dreams: A Chronicle of Lives along the Pipeline” and in 2013 – “Liquid Land”. Rena Effendi’s photography has been described as having a deep sense of empathy with a quiet celebration of the strength of the human spirit.
Rena Effendi is the laureate of the Prince Claus Fund award for Culture and Development. Her work has been exhibited worldwide including at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Saatchi Gallery, Istanbul Modern, the Venice Biennial, NYC MOMA and other venues. Effendi’s photographs are in the permanent collections of the Istanbul Modern, the Open Society Foundations and the Prince Claus Fund.
She has won several international photography awards including the Overseas Press Club of America awards in 2020, SONY World Photography award, National Geographic “All Roads” photography award, Getty Images Editorial grant and the Alexia Foundation grant. In 2012 and again in 2019, Effendi was shortlisted for the Prix Pictet award in photography and sustainability. In 2014 Effendi won two awards in the World Press Photo “Observed Portraits” categories. She has also been on the jury of the World Press Photo and the SONY World Photography Awards.
Effendi has spoken and presented her work in global fora, such as the World Economic Forum in Davos, C 2 Montreal and the Tribeca Film Festival.
A frequent contributor to the National Geographic Magazine, Effendi has worked on editorial commissions for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times magazine, VOGUE, Marie Claire, The New Yorker, GEO, The Daily Telegraph, Newsweek, TIME, The Sunday Times, New York Magazine and many others.
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