Thomas Dworzak

Photographer, Magnum

Thomas Dworzak was born on 23rd June 1972 in Koetzting near Cham, in the Bavarian Forest in Germany. During and after finishing Highschool, Robert Schuman Gymnasium, (specialized in History, English and French) in 1991, he started to travel and photograph in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. After living in Avila, Prague and Moscow studying Spanish, Czech and Russian and photographing the war in former Yugoslavia he moved to live in Tbilisi, Georgia from 1993 until 1999 working on a long time project on the Caucasus and its people, covering the conflicts in Chechnya, Karabakh and Abkhazia. Based in Paris from 1998 he covered the Kosovo crisis and other events in former Yugoslavia in 1999/2000. In 2001 he covered the war in Macedonia, the refugee crisis in Pakistan. For the years after the 9/11 attacks he was mainly covering the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as it’s impact on the US, and US politics, political campaigns and the current situation in Iran. Besides this he has reported on the crisis in Haiti, the Tsunami aftermath in Sri Lanka and conflicts in Chad, Nigeria, CAR, and Ethiopia as well as the «colored revolutions» of Ukraine and Kirgyztan. In the Caucasus he mainly continued to cover the Second Chechen war and the Georgian “Rose Revolution”, also recently the 2008 Russian invasion of Georgia, and Kadyrov’s Chechnya. After the war he stayed on photographing Georgia for the Magnum book and exhibition project «Georgian Spring» which was published in August 2009, an exhibition, presentations in «Uferhallen» Berlin, «Teatro Circo Price» Madrid, «Kent 475» New York , «Kuenstlerhaus» Munich and «Palais de Tokyo» in Paris followed. In 2009 and 2010 he mainly covered the recent deployment of ISAF troops to Afghanistan and their return home.

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