Born in 1977 in Baku, Azerbaijan, Rena Effendi grew up in the USSR. Her early work focused on the oil industry’s effects on people’s lives in her region, and in 2009 she published her first book Pipe Dreams: A Chronicle of Lives along the Pipeline. Her second monograph Liquid Land was published in 2012. Effendi has won the SONY World Photography award, National Geographic “All Roads” photography award, and Getty Images Editorial grant among several others. In 2011, she became the laureate of the Prince Claus Fund award for Culture and Development and in 2012 was shortlisted for the Prix Pictet award for her series Chernobyl: Still Life in the Zone. In 2014, Effendi won two awards in the World Press Photo “Observed Portraits” categories. Rena Effendi is represented by National Geographic Creative and ILEX Gallery. (Photo shot in Istanbul, Tarlabasi, Turkey, 2011. Photo sponsor: Isabel C. Fulghum.)

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