Parisa Azadi is an Iranian-Canadian freelance documentary photographer based between Iran and Dubai. In her work, Parisa brings interconnected themes of social issues, gender identity, and loss of home to the forefront.
Parisa has worked extensively in the Middle East, South Asia, Africa and USA. In 2012, Parisa lived and worked in Uganda for a year, documenting the problem of violence against women with disabilities in the aftermath of civil war and the dangerous practice of female genital mutilation. In 2015, Parisa was an Artist in Residence at the Bronx Documentary Center in New York City, under the direction of Mike Kamber. In 2018, Parisa was selected as the recipient of the Kooshk Artist in Residence program in partnership with Pathshala Institute in Bangladesh. In 2019, Parisa was selected as the recipient of the Chris Hondros Fund Award. She was also nominated for the World Press Joop Swart Masterclass and selected to participate in the Eddie Adams Workshop XXXII.
Parisa is fluent in Farsi, English and intermediate level in Arabic. She is available for assignments and commissions in the Middle East and worldwide.
Parisa has been published in the New York Times, The Guardian, Casa Vogue, Associated Press, BBC, Glamour, Christian Science Monitor and Washington Times. Other clients include Malala Fund, Sesame Workshop, International Rescue Committee, Northwestern University in Qatar, East Wing Gallery, Gulf Photo Plus, and Raising Voices in Uganda.