Rena Effendi’s Human Story


Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, Rena Effendi is an award-winning photographer, whose early work focused on the oil industry’s effects on people’s lives in her region. Her photography, with the words of Prince Claus Fund Award committee, is distinguished by a deep sense of empathy, and a quiet celebration of the strength of the human spirit.

Effendi has worked on editorial commissions for the National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times magazine, The New Yorker, Vogue, Marie Claire, Newsweek, TIME, The Sunday Times and many others.

In her talk, she is going to tell A Human Story, questioning what will be our place in society where technology develops so rapidly it outpaces our own growth as humans.

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