Mashid Mohadjerin’s work explores the boundaries between art and documentary photography, focusing on social injustice, activism, and misrepresentation in image making. Over the last 15 years she has produced many features addressing topics such as migration, displacement, borders, cultural and social alienation and the quest for cultural identity. Her latest project is part of her PhD in the Arts, highlighting the role of women in recent uprisings and revolutions in the Middle East and beyond.

As a photographer, she seeks to document the vastness of the human spirit, our connectedness, and our plurality, and aims to challenge stereotypes. Her projects and assignments have taken her around the world to hotbed regions in central Asia, West Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and throughout the United States.
Her work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, La Domenica di Repubblica, The Globe & Mail, the BBC online, DS magazine, De Morgen magazine, the Amnesty International journal, De Volkskrant, Spiegel…

After obtaining an MFA in Photography from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, she went on to win first prize in the Contemporary Issues category at the World Press Photo Awards 2009, as well as IPA and Prix de la Photo. Mashid’s photography is shown in galleries, museums and festivals such as BOZAR (Brussels), Visa Pour L’Image (Perpignan), Fotolegendo (Rome), Extra City (Antwerp), Isolab (Venice),…

Her book ‘Lipstick & Gas Masks‘ is a visual exploration of the role of female activists in the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, signs and symbols of resistance and is a part of her research at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium.

She teaches photography at Narafi (Luca School of Arts Brussels). With her philosophy to instill in her students, the idea of being authentic and transformative. Invited often as a keynote speaker, she gives talks and workshops at various artistic and humanitarian events.

In 2017, Mashid was appointed as one of the CANON ambassadors, part of a pioneering initiative connecting photographers around the world to communities in a proactive way.

Mashid Mohadjerin is represented by Redux Pictures.


  • 2020: ‘Textile As Resistance’, Billboard Project, Antwerp, Belgium
  • 2019: ‘Textile As Resistance’, Texture Museum, Kortrijk, Belgium
  • 2019: ‘Lipstick & Gas Masks’, expo at Geopolis, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2019: ‘Imagining Monuments’, expo at Extra City Kunsthall, Antwerp, Belgium
  • 2018: ‘Eating Each Other”, expo at Extra City Kunsthall, Antwerp, Belgium
  • 2018: ‘Identity’: Trafficking women in Europe, expo at ISOTLAB, Venice, Italy
  • 2017: ‘Lipstick & Gas Masks’, solo show and book presentation at Pedrami Gallery, Belgium
  • 2016: ‘#IdoRevolution’: Photo installation and soundscape for ‘New Narratives’, BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2014: ‘Home Sweet Home’, expo at Red Starline Museum, Antwerp, Belgium
  • 2013: ‘Home, My Place in the World’, expo at Wandsworth Museum, London, UK
  • 2012: ‘The Flemish Sensibility’, expo at the Flanders House, New York, USA
  • 2011: ‘Stranded and Stuck in Libya’, selected for De Loep award VVOJ
  • 2011: ‘Stranded and Stuck in Libya’, Palm Springs Photo festival, California, USA
  • 2010: ‘Land, Country Life’, Noorderlicht International Photo Festival, Groningen, NL
  • 2009: World Press Photo, 1st Prize Contemporary Issues Singles
  • 2009: IPA International Photography Award
  • 2009: PDC Fund for Investigative Journalism: Grant for the project “Stranded in Libya”
  • 2008: Prix de la Photographie Honorable Mention, Portrait
  • 2008: International Talent Support award for the portrait series “The Other Side of Migration”


Interview Radio KLARA, Berg & Dal
Als fotografe Mashid Mohadjerin de ultieme leegte wil ervaren, moet ze naar de hoogste top van het berglandschap van Dhofar. De hele wereld die letterlijk honderden meters diep aan haar voeten ligt, wordt verhuld door een eindeloos wolkendek. Mohadjerin voelt er zich volledig weg van de wereld. “Vogels en wind vliegen er om me heen,” zegt ze. “Ik lijk helemaal op mezelf te zijn.” Hoe ervaart ze de leegte in haar kot?

Shutter Stories Podcast
In this episode we talk with the acclaimed Iranian-born visual artist and photojournalist Mashid Mohadjerin. Mashid’s work explores issues of gender and identity, with a particular focus on migration and the lives of refugees.

Interview with Rachel Segal Hamilton
The story behind Canon Ambassador Mashid Mohadjerin’s spontaneous documentary shots

Interview on beauty and conflict with Canon Ambassadors
Top photojournalists debate: do beautiful images glamorise conflict?

Interview with Enrico Ratto for Meledetto Fotografi Magazine
Mashid Mohadjerin: attraverso le immagini, cerco di raggiungere le persone

Interview about exhibition @ Extra City Art Space
“Ik hoop met mijn beelden het blikveld van mensen te verruimen”

Workshop Ramadi, Iraq
In times of conflict, children’s voices are often the last to be heard.

TV interview: Alleen Elvis blijft bestaan

Interview about LIPSTICK AND GAS MASKS, MO magazine

Interview Al ARTE magazine

Interview Red Star Line Museum