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Mina Esfandiari was born in 1985 near Hamburg, Germany. In 2012 she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts of Photodesign at University of Applied Sciences Munich. During studies she started working as a photo assistant for commercial and portrait photographers (e.g. Isadora Tast, Hubertus Hamm, Anatol Kotte) and worked in graphic design for a range of clients.

 

She is now a freelance photographer and graphic designer based in Berlin and Hamburg. Her work centers around portrait, documentary and corporate photography, including commissions from local and international clients. Mina also works on a range of conceptual projects, so far mainly showcasing Iran.

 

Through curiosty and empathy she creates an introspective documentary by considering the aesthetics of colour, shape and light.


COMMISSIONS/PUBLICATIONS

Frankfurter Rundschau, Spiegel Online, Tagesspiegel, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Hochschule München HM, Deutsche Journalistenschule DJS, Gasteig München GmbH, BMW Classic, Allianz Deutschland AG, Deutsche Knochenmarkspende DKMS, University Witten/Herdecke, Anke Schaffelhuber Fine Art Photography, Agency Philipp und Keuntje for Telekom, Kaltstart Hamburg, novomind AG, Keil & Keil Literatur-Agentur, Grosse Freiheit 36, we care communications, Echo Klassik, Malik/Piper Verlag, Lonely Planet Traveller/Life Verlag, Pressevertrieb Nord PVN, National Geographic/NG Buchverlag GmbH, Office Club Berlin, SWANS initiative, Greystone Books Canada, Thomas Hengelbrock (Ex-Principal Conductor of NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester), Gutenberg University Mainz, Hanna Drechsler Coaching, Kasia Aniela Koziol Coaching, Bruun Christensen Kommunikation

EXHIBITIONS/PRESENTATIONS

2018 – Iran – Tausend und ein Widerspruch, book presentations, Germany-wide

2015 – Couchsurfing im Iran, presentation accompanying readings of author Stephan Orth, Germany-wide
2013 – birun – draußen., presentation, G-Feiert Festival, Gasteig München
2012 – neue Zeit – Portraits of singer/songwriter Ania Jools, group exhibition, G-ZEIGT, Gasteig München
2012 – Arbeitstitel: schwarz/ich weiß schwarz, group exhibition, SIEBEN, Gasteig München
2012 – miyaneh – dazwischen., book presentation and lecture, Kulturhaus Eppendorf, Hamburg
2011 – miyaneh – dazwischen., book presentation and lecture, Gasteig München
2011 – miyaneh – dazwischen., group exhibition, Hochschule München
2011 – Best of 25, group exhibition, Gasteig München
2011 – man irani hastam, exhibition, Gasteig München
2011 – Meer, group exhibition, Halle 50, DomagkAteliers München
2009 – Ansichtssache, group exhibition, Regierung von Oberbayern, München

AWARDS

2019 – ITBBuchAward for Iran – Tausend und ein Widerspruch

2012 – Karl-Buchrucker-Award for miyaneh – dazwischen.
2010 – Second Prize, photo contest Natürlich – Sand und Kies, Bayerischer Industrieverband Steine und Erden e.V.
2007 – First Prize, cover photo contest for AStA calendar of University of Hamburg