Dominic Nahr | The Unhealed Rift

Country of origin: Switzerland
Project location: Kenya
Program: Magnum Foundation Fund
Year: 2010

The Saburu, Pokot, & Turkaa fight for pasture, water, & land rights. Northern Kenya is the land of drought, food shortages, cattle raids, and inter-­‐communal violence. At the heart of this insecurity is the land itself–as the Turkana, Samburu, and Pokot peoples each lay claim to the same territory.


Dominic was born in Appenzell, Switzerland in 1983 and grew up in Hong Kong. In 2008 he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts in Toronto, Canada and moved to Nairobi, Kenya in 2009.

In 2004 Nahr started to work as a photographer for the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. He left the newspaper in 2006 to cover the civil unrest in East Timor for Agence France-Presse, before returning back to his studies. Since graduating, Nahr has devoted himself to documenting conflicts, humanitarian crises and critical social issues. He has worked on extensive photographic essays in Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, South Africa, Haiti, Egypt, Gaza, Iraq and Japan.

Among numerous honors, Nahr has received a World Press Photo Award, Pictures of the Year Awards, Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award, Swiss Press Photo Award, Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund, a Marty Forscher Fellowship Fund for Humanitarian Photography, and was twice nominated for the Prix Pictet. In 2015 he was named Swiss Photographer of the Year by the Swiss Photo Academy in Zurich.

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