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Mina Esfandiari (*1985) is a German-Iranian photographer, graphic designer and author based in Hamburg, Germany. In 2012 she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts of Photodesign at University of Applied Sciences Munich and was awarded with the Karl-Buchrucker Preis for her project miyaneh – dazwischen.. Her work centers around portrait, documentary and corporate photography, including commissions from local and international clients (see below). Mina Esfandiari also works on a range of conceptual projects, so far mainly showcasing Iran; e.g. National Geographic's photobook Iran – Tausend und ein Widerspruch (awarded with the ITB Book Award) or Stephan Orth's bestselling travelbook Couchsurfing in Iran. In 2019 she began to explore her "German side" with the project Von B nach B – Begegnungen auf dem Radweg Deutsche Einheit which was published by capybarabooks and as a multimedia exhibition by the Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.


Clients

Frankfurter Rundschau, Spiegel Online, Tagesspiegel, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Hochschule München, Deutsche Journalistenschule, Gasteig München GmbH, BMW Classic, Allianz Deutschland AG, Deutsche Knochenmarkspende, University Witten/Herdecke, 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, Pressevertrieb Nord, National Geographic, Office Club Berlin, SWANS initiative, Greystone Books Canada, Thomas Hengelbrock (NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester), Gutenberg University Mainz, Bruun Christensen Kommunikation, DIE ZEIT, Globetrotter, Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur, capybarabooks, ARD Morgenmagazin, Weltwach Podcast

EXHIBITIONS/PRESENTATIONS

2020 – Von B nach B – Begegnungen auf dem Radweg Deutsche Einheit, book presentation at Frankfurt Bookfair

2020 – Von B nach B – Begegnungen auf dem Radweg Deutsche Einheit, virtual exhibition for BMVI

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