Dominic Nahr was born in Appenzell, Switzerland in 1983, and grew up in Hong Kong. In 2008, he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, and moved to Nairobi, Kenya in 2009.
Nahr’s work is dedicated to documenting conflict, humanitarian crises and critical social issues. He has created extensive photographic essays in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Somalia, South Africa, Japan, Egypt, Gaza, South Sudan, Sudan, Iraq and Haiti.
In 2009 Nahr received the Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award and had his first exhibition at Visa pour l’image. He participated in the World Press Photo’s Joop Swart Masterclass and became a contract photographer for Time in 2011. His clients include Geo, Stern, The New Yorker, National Geographic, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Doctors Without Borders and Save the Children.
Among numerous awards, Nahr received the World Press Photo Award, the Pictures of the Year Award, the Swiss Press Photo Award, the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund, a Marty Forscher Fellowship Fund for Humanitarian Photography, and he has been nominated twice for the Prix Pictet. In 2015, he was named Swiss Photographer of the Year by the Swiss Photo Academy in Zurich. His work has been presented in numerous international exhibitions.
In 2020 Nahr published the book “I Am Alive”, which was produced by Save the Children and has since won numerous awards.
Nahr is co-founder of the photo agency MAPS, of which he has been president since 2021. He has been living in Zurich since 2017.