Lea Mandana is a documentary photographer and a reporter.

She grew up with two cultures: French and Iranian. She became an architect in Paris where she focused her studies on the link between ruins and the imaginary. 

Between 2015 and 2017, she covered Iraq, including the Mosul offensive. Her interest is in women in violence and war. Her sensitivity comes from her personal story and cinema. She likes to use writing, photography and collaboration with her subjects for creating an atmosphere in her narrative. Ideal and disillusion, irony of paradoxes, strength from fragility/injury are recurring themes in her work.

She has worked on assignments for The New York Times, Libération, Grazia, Le Monde des Religions (Le Monde) and has been published by United Nations University, Fisheye Magazine, La Croix, Mediapart, Bloomberg Businessweek, amongst others. She is teaching photography in schools with Parole de Photographes.


- Nikon-NOOR Academy Sweden Masterclass (Selected, 2018)
- Joop Swart Masterclass, World Press Photo (Nominee, 2017 & 2018)
- 30 Under 30 Women Photographer (Selected, 2017)


- Talk to students at Bayeux Calvados-Normandy award for war correspondents (2017)
- "Populations and exiles in time of war" at Sciences Po Paris (2017)


- 30 Under 30 Women Photographers at The Popping Club, Rome, Italy (2017)
- with Red Lebanese, Montreuil, France (2017)

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