Lea Mandana is a documentary photographer and a journalist.

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. Her vision was influenced at first by memories of her grandfather's cinema in Tehran.

She has been working in Iraq since November 2015, using photography to explore the fragility and paradoxes in war.

She has worked on assignments for The New York Times, Libération, Grazia, Le Monde des Religions (Le Monde) and has been published for United Nations University, Fisheye Magazine, La Croix, Mediapart, 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 Prix Bayeux-Calvados (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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