RENA EFFENDI (born 1977 in Baku, Azerbaijan) has been active as a photographer since 2001 and from the outset, her interest has been social documentary photography. Her work focuses on themes of urbanization, post-conflict societies, and the oil industryâ€™s effects on peopleâ€™s lives. In 2004, Effendi was a winner of the â€œFifty Crowsâ€ International Fund for Documentary Photography competition. In 2005 she was selected to participate in the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass and recieved honourable mention in National Geographicâ€™s â€œAll Roadsâ€ photography competition. In 2006 Effendi was a winner of the Getty Images Editorial Photography Grant and Mario Giacomelli Memorial Fund award. In 2007, Effendi was chosen by the Photo District News magazine as one of 30 emerging photographers to watch. The same year, Effendi was selected as a finalist for the Magnum Photos Inge Morath award.
Effendiâ€™s work was exhibited in Azerbaijan, Greece, France, Norway, Germany, Italy, Holland and Russia. In 2006, her work was selected for personal exhibitions at the 18th â€œVisa Pour lâ€™Imageâ€ Festival of Photojournalism in Perpignan, France and at the â€œLes Imagiquesâ€ Festival of Photography in Bordeaux, France. In 2007, Effendi exhibited in the Venice Biennale.
Rena Effendi is a member of a Moscow-based Agency.Photographer.RU and is represented by Grazia Neri in Italy. Her work has been published in Newsweek, International Herald Tribune, Le Monde, Liberation, Le Figaro, Courrier International, and Ogoniok.