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 sensitivity comes from her personal story and cinema. She likes to use writing and photography to create atmosphere in her narrative. Ideal and disillusion, irony of paradoxes, and strength from fragility/injury are recurring themes in her work. In 2016 she completed a course in combat medical training through Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC), and received a certificate of competence for reporting in war zones. She teaches photography to children in schools with Parole de Photographes since 2018. 

She has worked on assignments for The New York Times, Libération, Grazia, and Le Monde des Religions (Le Monde) and has been published by United Nations University, Fisheye Magazine, La Croix, Mediapart, Klassekampen and Bloomberg Businessweek, amongst others. 


- 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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