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Rena Effendi

Rena Effendi was born in 1977 in Baku (Azerbaijan). She focused on documentary photography in 2001. In 2006 her work was exhibited at the 18th Visa Pour L’image Festival of Photojournalism in Perpignan (France) and at Les Imagiques Festival in Bordeaux (France). She has publications in such media like Le Monde, Le Figaro, Liberation, Courrier International, Newsweek, Days Japan, Reponse Photo. Rena Effendi is represented by Grinberg Gallery (ex-Gallery.Photographer.ru) since 2007. In 2013 has become the World Press Photo 2013 jury member.


2012 Sony World Photography Award (SWPA)
2012 Prix Pictet Short List
2012 The Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund: grant for the work Capturing Coptic Life: Egypt’s Sectarian Struggle.

2011 Laureate of Prince Claus Fund Аward
2010 The nominee of the Innovation Award in New Generation nomination
2008 National Geographic All Roads winner, USA
2007 Chosen by the Photo District News magazine as one of 30 emerging photographers to watch, USA
2007 Finalist for the Magnum Photos Inge Morath Award, France
2006 Getty Images Editorial grant, USA
2006 The Mario Giacomelli Memorial Fund award, Italy
2005 Participated in the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass, The Netherlands
2004 Fifty Crows International Fund for Documentary Photography grant, USA;
Photographer of the Year prize-winner, Azerbaijan

Solo and group Exhibitions:

2013 Participated in the 5th Moscow International Biennale
2013 Songs for Spirit Lake, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Project Space, NYC, USA
2013 Art Space Event, Grinberg Gallery booth
2013 Art Paris Fair, Grinberg Gallery booth
2012 «Liquid Land», Noorderlicht 2012, The Netherlands
2012 «Russian Art Show», Calvert22 Gallery, London, Great Britain
2012 Dialectics of Strangers’ Vision: Iran, Gallery.Photographer.ru, Moscow, Russia
2011-2012 Lives Behind, Prince Claus Fund Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2011 Moving Walls exhibition, NYC, USA
2010 House of Happiness, NCCA, Moscow, Russia
2010 Pipe Dreams, Gallery Photographer.ru, Moscow, Russia

2009 Pipe Dreams – A Chronicle of Lives Along the Pipeline, HOST Gallery, London, UK
2009 Participated in the 11th International Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul, Turkey
2009 Exhibited at the booth of Photographer.ru Gallery at the 13th annual show “ART Moscow”, Moscow, Russia
2009 House of Happiness, Gallery Photographer.ru, Moscow, Russia
2008 Exhibited at the booth of Gallery Photographer.ru at the 12th annual show ART Moscow, Moscow, Russia
2006 Exhibited at the 18th Visa Pour L’image Festival of Photojournalism in Perpignan, Perpignan, France; exhibited at Les Imagiques Festival in Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France


“Pipe Dreams – A chronicle of lives along the pipeline” – by Schilt Publishing, Amsterdam, 2010
“Liquid Land, Schilt Publishing”, Амстердам, 2012