Kiana Hayeri (b.1988) grew up in Tehran and migrated to Toronto while she was still a teenager. Faced with the challenges of adapting to a new environment, she took up photography as a way of bridging the gap in language and culture. Her projects often explore complex topics such as migration, adolescence, identity, and sexuality in war-ridden countries. While she has covered the front line and the dramatic events of war on assignments, she stays behind when she can, to capture a different, and alternative narrative of war.
Kiana is a Senior TED fellow, and a regular contributor to The New York Times from Afghanistan. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s Magazine,Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, The Globe, and the Daily Mail, among others.
She is currently based out of Kabul, Afghanistan, covering the region.