Mashid Mohadjerin is an Iranian born photojournalist and portrait photographer currently based in Belgium where she received her Master in Fine Arts at the Royal Academy in Antwerp in 2002. Her award winning work is exhibited internationally and has been published in The New York Times and Lens Blog, Newsweek, Le Monde, La Domenica di Repubblica, BBC Online, GlobalPost, The Wall Street Journal, de Morgen Magazine, de Standaard Magazine, De Volkskrant, BBC online, The Globe & Mail, Greenpeace Magazine, MSF (Doctors Without Borders), Oxfam, Amnesty Journal, Mondiaal magazine, among others.
Mashid has been the recipient of numerous awards among which first place in the 2009 World Press Photo Contemporary Issues category, International Photography Award, Prix de La Photo, and International Talent Support VII in Italy. Her work was shown at Aperture Gallery in New York, at the Wandsworth Museum in London, Noorderlicht Photo festival in Holland, FotoLeggendo in Italy, Palm Springs Photo Festival in California, and around Central Asia.
Her work focuses primarily on identity issues and the human condition, drawn to these subjects because of her own experience of living in different parts of the world. She has turned her camera to subjects such as migration, minority groups, and the socially displaced, and she has occasionally found herself in humanitarian disaster zones. Mashid’s work has taken her to Central Asia, West Africa, the Middle East, Europe and throughout the United States.
Mashid’s personal projects include “Left Behind”, a portrait based photo-essay on the wives and families of Tajik migrant workers in Tajikistan in 2007 (The New York Times Lens Blog, Global Post, Noorderlicht Photo Festival in the Netherlands, International Talent Support in Italy, I.O.M. traveling exhibition, among others), “Boat Migrants,” a photo essay on Sub-Saharan Africans’ perilous crossing from the coast of Libya to the Italian island of Lampedusa (La Repubblica/La Domenica 2009, 1st Prize World Press Photo Award, FotoLeggendo Festival in Italy, among others), “Trafficking of Women in Europe,” a photo-essay on young women, victims of human trafficking from Romania and Bulgaria, lured to northern Europe by traffickers with the promise of better paid jobs (DM magazine 2011, King Boudewijn Foundation Grant) and more recently “Native American Youth in Oklahma,” a photo-essay on native youth, struggling to maintain their culture and traditions.
Mashid was based in New York, United States from 2006 to 2012. Currently based in Antwerp, Belgium, she is working on a project in the Middle East.