Born 1977, Azerbaijan. Lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey
Born in Baku, Azerbaijan and educated as a linguist, Rena Effendi’s early work focused on the oil industry’s effects on people’s lives in her region. Over six years, she followed 1,700 km of oil pipeline through Georgia and Turkey, and in 2009, her first book, Pipe Dreams: A Chronicle of Lives along the Pipeline, was published. In 2012, Effendi published her second monograph, Liquid Land.
Effendi’s work has been exhibited at institutions worldwide including the Saatchi Gallery, London; Istanbul Modern; the Venice Biennial and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Her work is in the permanent collections of Istanbul Modern and the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development Amsterdam. She has received two World Press Photo awards; the Fifty Crows Documentary Photography Award; Sony World Photography Award; All Roads Photography Award from National Geographic; Magnum Foundation Emergency Grant; Getty Images Editorial Grant and the Alexia Foundation Grant among others. In 2011, Effendi became the laureate of the Prince Claus Fund Award and in 2012, she was shortlisted for the Prix Pictet for her series Chernobyl: Still Life in the Zone.
Effendi has worked on editorial commissions for the National Geographic Magazine; The New York Times Magazine; Vogue; The New Yorker; GEO; Time magazine; The Sunday Times and many others.