Dominic Nahr


B.1983
Switzerland
Based in Nairobi

Dominic Nahr was born in Appenzell, Switzerland in 1983 and grew up in Hong Kong.

In 2008 he graduated from Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts in Toronto, Canada and moved to Nairobi, Kenya in 2009. Since graduating, Nahr has devoted himself to documenting conflicts, humanitarian crises and critical social issues.

Nahr’s clients include National Geographic Magazine, Der Spiegel, Schweizer Illustrierte and Médecins Sans Frontières amongst others and he became a contract photographer for Time Magazine in 2011 until 2015.

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Nahr has received a World Press Photo Award, Pictures of the Year Awards, Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award, Swiss Press Photo Award and was twice nominated for the Prix Pictet. In 2015 he was named Swiss Photographer of the Year by the Swiss Photo Academy in Zurich.

Nahr’s photographs have been exhibited internationally in solo shows, at such places as The Swiss Foundation for Photography, Les Rencontres d'Arles, twice at Visa pour l’image in Perpignan, and NRWForum Kultur und Wirtschaft in Düsseldorf. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art, Fotostiftung Schweiz, Ryerson Image Centre and various Private Collections.

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Selected works

Nothing to See Here

Nothing to See Here

Dominic Nahr

Nuclear life has a long legacy in contemporary Japan. It spans from the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to the one tested off the Bikini Island that contaminated fishermen and their boats. Accidents at nuclear facilities are common, although often kept out of the public eye. Coping with the impact of Japan’s 3.11…

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Cycle

Cycle

I first arrived in Somalia in 2011 to cover the famine and military offensive in Mogadishu and surrounding regions, my last trip to Somalia was in February 2017 to cover…

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Fractured State

Fractured State

With independence on July 9th 2011, South Sudan became the youngest nation of the world. It was the result of a series of civil wars and conflict lasting over decades.…

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Rift

Rift

Rift 1 (rft) n. Geology a long narrow zone of faulting resulting from tensional stress in the earth’s crust: The rift valley Rift 2 (rft) n. A break in friendly…

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The Road to Nowhere

The Road to Nowhere

I first arrived in Africa to cover the civil war in the eastern regions of Democratic Republic of Congo in 2008. Since then, I have returned numerous times travelling across…

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