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Jonathan is currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Jonathan Torgovnik graduated with a BFA degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he studied Photography and Fine Arts. Jonathan's photographs from various projects and assignments have been published by: The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, GQ, GEO, The London Sunday Times Magazine, Wired, Stern, Paris Match, Le Monde 2, The Telegraph Magazine, Mother Jones, Aperture, Smithsonian Magazine, and CNN among many others. Torgovnik is the author of two books: Bollywood Dreams; An Exploration of the Motion Picture Industry, and it's Culture in India (Phaidon, 2003), and Intended Consequences: Rwandan Children Born of Rape (Aperture, 2009). Torgovnik's award-winning photographs have been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the US and Europe and are in the permanent collections of museums and institutions such as The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Bibliotheque National De France in Paris, and the Library of congress, Washington, DC.
Torgovnik has received many honors such as the 2012 prix découverte d'arles discovery award at the Rencontres d’Arles festival, The National Portrait Gallery's Photographic Portrait Prize in the UK, The Open Society Institute’s Documentary photography Project Fellowship Distribution Grant, Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography, and the ASMP/PDN Alfred Newman Prize. Jonathan's short multimedia film “Intended Consequences” produced by MediaStorm won the duPont Columbia University Journalism Award, a Webby Award, an Emmy nomination, and was named as one of the best works of Journalism of the decade in the United States, by New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.
Jonathan has also received awards from: World Press Photo Foundation, Picture Of The Year International, American Photography, Graphis, Communication Arts, and Photo District News. Torgovnik regularly lectures and leads workshops in universities and institutions around the world, and is on the faculty of the International Center of Photography School in New York.
Jonathan is the co-founder of Foundation Rwanda, an NGO that supports secondary school education for children born of rape during the Rwandan genocide (
A Generation Lost - Grannies & AIDS Orphans
Photographs by Jonathan Torgovnik
Rebuilding the DRC
Photographs and Text by Jonathan Torgovnik
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