Farah Nosh (Arabic: فرح نوش) is an award-winning Iraqi Canadian photojournalist who was born and grew up in Canada.. She has appeared on the CNN Inside The Middle East segment “Someone You Should Know”, which explores different persons and their effects on the region. Her work about Iraq and its conflicts has been exhibited in galleries in the US and UK. She is a member of the International Photographer’s Guild.
Nosh attended the University of British Columbia in 1998 to study geography for her BA, and then in 2002 she undertook a diploma in photojournalism at the Western Academy of Photography in Victoria. Farah currently resides in New York City.
Although Nosh is Iraqi, she never knew her family in Iraq before the conflict. When the U.S.–Iraq war began in 2003, she decided to leave the compound where the western journalists were based and lived isolated in a small house in western Baghdad with her family. Therefore, she spent the war without much sense of what was going on outside of the area. Subsequently, she has covered both the Iraqi civilian and American military forces sides.
Nosh strives in her work to show war's impact on the human condition. She moved in 2002 to work as a freelance photographer in Iraq at the time Saddam Hussein was still in power, along with a few other western journalists, in which she appeared in Life, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Times, Marie Claire, The Globe & Mail, The National Post and The Toronto Star. Since the Iraq war started in 2003, she has been paying frequent visits to Iraq working with the US military and Iraqi citizens.
In 2005 Nosh undertook a large-format photography project in Canada and Alaska, documenting the remaining fluent speakers of the Haida language. In 2011 that project culminated with an exhibition and book launch that took place at the Haida Gwaii Museum.
In 2006, because of the steep decline of security in Iraq, there was an extreme lack of support for her projects within Baghdad. She then created an award-winning body of work, covertly traveling around Baghdad to record the lives of Iraqis directly affected by the war. This work won her the Overseas Press Club Award for Feature Photography.
She began reporting on the Iraqi refugee crisis in Damascus in 2008.
As well as working in Iraq, she has also photographed in Afghanistan, Israel, Palestine, Pakistan, Syria, Lebanon and elsewhere.
Her picture of an Iraqi boy made the cover of Time magazine. In March 2005 Photo District News (PDN) chose Farah as one of the top Thirty Emerging Photographers. She is additionally a member of the International Photographer’s Guild
- That Which Makes Us Haida – The Haida Language, March–September 2012, Bill Reid Gallery, Vancouver
- Stanley Park After the Storm of 2006, December 2011- March 2012, Teck Gallery, SFU, Vancouver
- That Which Makes Us Haida – The Haida Language, July–October 2011, Haida Gwaii Museum, Haida Gwaii
- BLOW OUT, March 2009, The Empty Quarter Fine Art Photography Gallery, DIFC, Dubai
- War and Medicine, November 2008-February 2009, Wellcome Collection, London, UK
- Witness: Casualties of War, September–October 2008, Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
- 2007: Overseas Press Club of America (OPC) – 1st Place Feature Photography, TIME Magazine
- 2007: Pictures of the Year International (POYi) – 2nd Place Magazine Photographer of the Year
- 2007: POYi – 1st Place Magazine Portrait, TIME Magazine
- 2007: National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) – 1st Place Serial Portrait, The New York Times
- 2007: NPPA – 1st Place Single Portrait, TIME Magazine
- 2007: Photo District News Nikon Storyteller Award
- 2007: Nominated for ICP Infinity Award for Photojournalism
- 2006: National Geographic Magazine Development Grant
- 2005: Photo District News “30 Under 30”, leading international photographers under 30