Dominic Nahr (Switzerland, 1983) is based in Kenya, but was raised in Hong Kong and graduated with a BFA from Ryerson University’s photography programme in Toronto, Canada.

Since 2008 Dominic has documented stories across the African continent, from Somalia to Senegal, Mali to South Africa. As a contract photographer for TIME magazine he was witness to the Arab Spring in Egypt, famine in Somalia, border conflicts between the governments of Khartoum and Juba, as well as covering the Tsunami in Japan and the nuclear crisis in Fukushima.

He has been exhibited at the prestigious Visa pour l’image in Perpignan, France in 2009 and again in 2016 and as a Leica photographer was part of the 10x10 exhibition for the

100th anniversary of the Leica Camera. Most recently he took part for the second time at the LUMIX Festival for Young Photojournalism in Hannover, Germany as well as having a solo show during the famous photography festival Rencontres d'Arles in France, in a collaboration with the Swiss Foundation for Photography and the Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary and Film.  

In 2009 Dominic was the the first recipient of the Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award. He also won in categories at the Sony World Photography Awards and was mentioned by PDN Magazine as one of the ‘Top 30 under 30 Photographers’. He has since been recognised for his work covering events in Sudan by World Press Photo in 2013 and in Egypt, Somalia and Sudan by Pictures of the Year Awards in 2012 and 2013. In January 2015 Dominic was named Swiss Photographer of the Year at Photo15 in Zurich. Most recently he received the Marty Forscher Fellowship Fund for Humanitarian Photography for his work for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in South Sudan.

His editorial clients include Time, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic Magazine, Stern, Outside Magazine, Monocle, The Wall Street Journal, Schweizer Illustrierte, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Liberation, Le Monde, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) amongst many others.

Dominic is currently producing a publication that takes a critical but empathetic look at the aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake, tsunami and the nuclear fallout in Fukushima. His work has demonstrated a particular interest in the unabating psychological and physical effects that this devastating environmental disaster has cast on the Japanese population.


Photo by Iason Athanasiadis

Photo by Iason Athanasiadis


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GQ France
Io Donna
Leica Fotographie International
Médecins Sans Frontières
Mercy Corps
The National Geographic Magazine
The Nature Conservancy
The New York Times
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The New Yorker
Neuer Zürcher Zeitung
Outside Magazine
Schweizer Radio Fernsehen
Schweizer Illustrierte
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
The Telegraph Magazine
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