Ziyah Gafić was born in Sarajevo, where he graduated in Comparative literature. Since 1999 he has been travelling extensively and covered major events in more then forty countries. Gafić’s work was exhibited at many relevant galleries and photo festivals such as: Visa pour l'image Perpignan, Rencontres du photograhie Arles, Fovea Editions New York, Oude Kerk Amsterdam, Tom Blau gallery London, Grazia Neri gallery Milano. Nowdays, he regularly publishes his work in some of the worlds leading publications such as Amica, La repubblica, Time, Tank, Telegraph Magazine, Newsweek, L'Espresso. His photo essay on Bosnia was published in the book „Tales from Globalizing World“ by Thames & Hudson while his works are included in several overviews of contemporary photography such as „Photography as Contemporary Art“ by Thames & Hudson and „The way people live“ by Gabriel Bauret.
Gafić just completed his long term project “Troubled Islam”.


2001. Ian Parry scholarship
2001. World Press Photo 2nd prize
2001. World Press Photo Masterclass

Kodak Award for Young Reporters at Visa pour l’Image
World Press Photo 1st prize
2002. World Press Photo 2nd prize
2002. HSBC foundation special mention

PDN’s 30 emerging photographers
2003. Grand Prix Discovery of the Year at Arles Meetings of photography

Giacomelli memorial fund

Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography
2007. American Photography
2007. Photo District News award
2007. Hasselblad Masters award finalist



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