Reza Nadji is a German-Iranian artist who was born in Tehran briefly before his family moved to Düsseldorf. He graduated with distinction from the University for Applied Sciences and Arts in Dortmund, Germany, and received a scholarship award from Parsons School of Design in New York. His work on Tehran won the Gute Aussichten Award, Germany's highest honor for graduating students in the field of photography. 


His work explores the connection between visual perception and emotion in regard to the human states of chaos and order leading to the study of relation and relativity. His work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums like the MAKK Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Cologne or the Museum für Fotografie Deichtorhallen in Hamburg.


He founded and ran the IFB (Institut for Photographic Education) for three years implementing photography into education in various countries  and has been conduction classes and workshops at the Utah State University and the University of Nuevo Leon.

He now lives and works in Los Angeles and Berlin.

Awards / Exhibitions


2019 Galerie Bethlehemkirche, Düsseldorf Meerbusch

2018 Galerie Michael Horbach, Köln

2018 Emily Harding Gallery, Toronto

2016 Galerie Michael Horbach, Köln

2015 Photonic Moments, Ljubljana

2014 Studio 21, Calcutta

2014 Goethe Institute, Mumbai

2013 Goethe Institute, New Delhi

2013 Mohsen Gallery, Tehran

2012 Museum für Angewandte Kunst MAKK, Köln

2010 Bentler Galerie, Deutschen Demokratiepreis, Bonn

2010 FHDO Konferenzraum, Fachhochschule Dortmund

2009 BBK Galerie Art Forum, Düsseldorf

2009 Le Prix Voies Off, Rencontres d'Arles 2009 Nomination , Arles

2009 Winner Book Dummy Award, Photo Book Festival, Kassel

2009 Goethe Institute, Washington D.C.

2009 Art Foyer Deutsche Zentralbank, Frankfurt/Main

2009 VHS Galerie, Stuttgart

2009 Museum Deichtorhallen, Haus der Photografie, Hamburg

2008 gute aussichten – Young German Photography, Buchmesse, Frankfurt/Main

2008 Winner “gute aussichten” Award – German Photographers 2008/2009

2008 “Hohfuhr 25”, Klinikum Lüdenscheid

2007 Kunstpreis RBH Logistik, Sonderpreis 

2007 “Stadtlandschaften”, Heimatdesign, Hotel Rombergpark, Dortmund

2005 Serbin Photo Award, PDN Photo Annual Winner 2005

2005 “Think Culture”, The New School, New York

1998 “Where home is”, Award Deutscher Jugendfotopreis, Photokina, Köln