Nima Taradji Photography



I am an Iranian-American editorial and documentary photographer based in Chicago, Illinois-USA. I quit my job as an attorney a few years ago when I decided to return to photography. I wanted to be a photographer since I was ten years old when I walked around with a plastic camera my dad had given me. 

As a documentary photographer my attention is drawn to cultural, social and political aspects of our society and I photograph people and stories I find important and to which I can commit. I see my camera, as a tool that gives me access to places and allows me to explore the world and issues that would have otherwise remained a mystery. Photography is and has been a perpetual learning experience.

My photos have appeared in:

The Wall Street Journal
Public Radio International - Global Nation
The Washington Post
The New York Times - Lens
Investor's Business Daily
Johns Hopkins Magazine
Crain's Business Journal
Today's Chicago Woman
Zeke Magazine
Corriere Della Serra
French Morning
Photo District News
CBS Chicago
ABC News
Interview Magazine

To inquire about availability and to discuss assignments please contact me directly or through Polaris Images.


  • - Eddie Adams Workshop XXX (2017) - (Project)
  • - "Coup de Coeur", ANI, VISA pour l'Image, 2017
  • - Public Radio International (PRI) - Global Nation Interview about Lucha Libre
  • - "Cold Feelings At The Standing Rock" - The Washington Post
  • - "Standing For Standing Rock" - In Sight - The Washington Post
  • - "Protectors Not Protestors" on Vewfind
  • - New York Times Portfolio Review - 2016
  • - Selected work in Instagram Open Call 2016 curated by Elizabeth Krist
       Senior Photo Editor at the National Geographic   
  • - "Delia-A Transgender Female" Series on ViewFind  
  • - Shishmaref: A Native American Struggle in New York Times' Lens Blog  
  • - Shishmaref: A Native American Struggle in Corriere Della Sera  
  • - "Delia-A Transgender Female" Series on CNN
  •  - "Delia-A Transgender Female" Series on L'Oeil De La Photographie  
  • - "No Justice - No peace" Series featured on LensCulture  
  • - Vieworld Magazine - Issue #12   
  • - "Delia-A Transgender Female" on LensCulture  
  • - "Delia-A Transgender Female" on SDN  
  • - Picture of the Week in Leica's LFI   
  • - "Vacation Photo Contest" - PDN   
  • - Curator's Choice -  Art Photo Feature Magazine

Portrait courtesy of Marc Perlish.