Born 1996 in Tehran, Shirin migrated to Germany at the...
Born 1996 in Tehran, Shirin migrated to Germany at the age of seven. Since then, she has lived a parallel existence between two cultures. Her interest in photojournalism grew during her early teenage years and got more visible after she took her first class in photography in 2011.
In 2016 she moved to Tehran for a year to understand her country of origin. She contributed as a freelancer to the BORNA News Agency in Tehran and explored the country with her camera and heart.
Shirin works as a freelance photojournalist since 2018. She is mostly interested in topics around women's issues, identity and everyday heroes and their battles. Her work has been published in Stern Magazin, Zeit Online, Weser Kurier, Krautreporter, brandeins as like in The Globe and Mail. In 2022, Shirin joined the Jury of the German Youth Photo Prize.

Shirin is based in Hannover, Germany, and available for assignments and collaborations worldwide. She speaks Farsi, German, English and a bit of French. Additionally to making photos, Shirin is a translator, an interviewer and journalist, as like a speaker for workshops and talks.
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2023        Foundry Photo Workshop by VII Academy
2023        Curating through Conflict with Care Symposium in Berlin, DE
2021        The Eddie Adams Workshop XXXIV
2021        Canon Student Program of Visa Pour L'Image Online – Mentored by Donald Weber
2020        Canon Student Program of Visa Pour L'Image Online – Mentored by Ilvy Njiokiktjien
2019        “Intimate Narratives” Workshop with Tanzim Wahab in Hannover, DE
2019        Workshop with Sanne de Wilde at Copenhagen Photo Festival, DK
2019        International Program at Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus, DK 
2018        Internship as photojournalist at "Weser Kurier" daily newspaper in Bremen, DE
2018        Canon Student Program in Perpignan, FR    
2017        Workshop with Dominic Nahr in Hannover, DE
2014-21    B.A. Photojournalism and Documentary Photography in Hannover, DE

Grants / Awards / Mentions   
2024        NY Portfolio Review
2024        Otto-Steinert-Preis, Shortlist
2024        Joop Swart Masterclass, Nomination
2023        Inge Morath Award
2023        VG Bild Kunst Project Funding
2023        Stiftung KunstFonds, NEUSTART Plus Grantee
2022        TruePicture Grant, Nominee
2022        European Local-Crossborder Grant by Journalism Fund, Grantee
2022        Otto-Steinert-Preis, Shortlist
2021        Felix Schöller Award, Best Newcomer
2021        Ausweg Gesucht Kreativwettbewerb, Winner
2021        Niedersächsischer Sportjournalisten Preis, Winner in two categories
                "Photography" and "Newcomer"
2021        ProfiFoto New Talent Award Best-of-Best 20/21, 3rd Prize Winner
2020        Emerge Visual Journalism Grant, Finalist
2020        Alexia Foundation Student Grant, Finalist
2020        Ausweg Gesucht Kreativwettbewerb, Winner
2020        Vonovia Award, Best Newcomer, Shortlist
2020        ProfiFoto New Talent Award 20/2, Winner
2020        Global Peace Photo Award, Shortlist
2020        f3 - freiraum für fotografie Award
2020        HAZ Audience Award, 3rd Prize
2020        BFF Foerderpreis, Finalist
2020        Jugendfotopreis, Winner
2020        VOHH Foto Fest, Winner
2020        New York Portfolio Review
2019        BFF Förderpreis, Grantee
2019        Alexia Foundation Student Grant, Shortlist


2024        “May I Have This Dance?”, Screening at Boutographies, Montpellier, FR (upcoming)
2024        “May I Have This Dance?”, Kunstverein Hildesheim, DE (upcoming)
2023        “Photomino - Horizonte Öffnen” Levantehaus Hamburg, DE
2023        “Photomino - Horizonte Öffnen” Landesvertretung Hamburg in Berlin, DE
2023        “Keep Your Eyes Peeled” AFF Galerie Berlin, DE
2023        “First Pages” Rautenstrauch Joest Museum Cologne, DE
2023        “In Waves #womenincovid” Kulturkirche Bremerhaven, DE
2022        “In Waves #womenincovid” Telliskivi Creative City, Tallinn, EE
2022        “In Waves #womenincovid” Campus Leuphana University, Lüneburg, DE
2022        “May I Have This Dance?” Willy-Brandt-Haus, Berlin, DE
2021        “May I Have This Dance?” Museumsquartier Osnabrück, DE
2021        “In Waves #womenincovid” Gallery Wall Köpenicker Str. 70, Berlin, DE
2021        “May I Have This Dance?” Forum für Fotografie, Next! Festival, Cologne, DE
2021        “Aus der Nähe ist die Ferne gar nicht so weit weg” GAF Hannover, DE
2021        “May I Have This Dance?” Whitewall Store Hamburg, DE
2021        “May I Have This Dance?” Kunstmuseum Bochum, Bochum, DE
2021        “May I Have This Dance?” Städtische Galerie Kubus, Hannover, DE
2020        “May I Have This Dance?” Multimedia-Halle, Zingst, DE
2020        “May I Have This Dance?” f3 - freiraum für fotografie, Berlin, DE
2020        “May I Have This Dance?” Helsinki Photo Festival, FI
2020        “May I Have This Dance?” Lumix Festival Online, DE
2020        “May I Have This Dance?” VOHH Fest, Chittagong, BD
2019        “Life Exposed” DMJX Student Exhibition at the American University of Cairo, EG
2019        “Diyar - The home we leave” University Library of Göttingen, DE
2018        “Diyar - The home we leave” Screening at Photokina in MAKK, Cologne, DE
2018        “Diyar - The home we leave” Visa Off 2018, Perpignan, FR
2016        “Charchoub - An Identity Project” Kunst im Quadrat in Hannover, DE (solo)
2015        “Linden Leben” Faust e.V. in Hannover, DE
Talks / Workshops       

2023        “Sind alle im Bild?” Talk at Salon Revue, Berlin, DE
2023        “Sind alle im Bild?” Workshop at Kunstverein, Hannover, DE
2023        “Sind alle im Bild?” Workshop at Bildungsakademie in Wolfenbüttel, DE
2023        “Sind alle im Bild?” Guest Lecture at Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie in Berlin, DE
2023        “Medien im Krieg” Talk at VHS in Oldenburg, DE
2023        German Youth Photo Award at KulturMarktHalle Berlin, DE
2021        “Untold Stories - Junge Positionen in der Fotografie heute” with Andréa Holzherr, Daniel Schreiber and Jonas Höschl, DE
2021        “4 Artist Insights” - Internationale Photoszene Köln, DE
2020        “Foto-Talk: Auf der Couch” f3 - freiraum für fotografie, Berlin, DE
2020        Talk at Sonntags-Matinee at World Press Photo Exhibition, Oldenburg, DE

Shirin Abedi

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