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Elyor Nematov, was born in Bukhara, Uzbekistan currently works as a freelance photojournalist  and conducts documentary photography workshops, training students to produce stories relevant to Central Asia. Previously, he worked as photo editor and as a photographer and reporter for business and sports magazines in Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Elyor, participated in many national and international Contests and Exhibitions around the world. His first personal project and book "Children of Bukhara" was presented in Tashkent in 2008. In 2012, Elyor received a grant from the Open Society Foundation’s Documentary Photography Project and started his project about Labour Migration From Central Asia. Yuri Kozyrev was the mentor of his project. The project was named “I AM A FOREIGNER”.

In 2013  was a finalist of Audience Engagement Grant from OSI Foundations. In 2014-2015 Getty Images Reportage Emerging Talants program member. From 2015 became a Contributor for Getty Images. In 2015 published Father Comes Tomorrow project. The second chapter of the Labour Migration From Central Asia to Russia. Recently done the project for UNwomen: – "MY NAME IS WOMAN" – gender equality and women’s right in Kyrgyzstan. Currently working on a new project in California, San Diego and teaching course on documentary photography in calloboration with Noor&NIKON and OSF in Tajikistan and Kazakhstan. 


​2022 - DokLeipzig Co-pro market participant with Dedovshina project

2021 - Baltic Sea Docs award to "Dedovshina", directed and produced by Elyor Nemat. 

2021 - Current Time TV Award 2000 USD for the best project - "Dedovshina" - directed by Elyor Nemat

2021 - Pitch the Doc consultancy award - "Dedovshina" - directed by Elyor Nemat

2021 - Cinedoc award winner for - Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries held in Riga, Latvia - "Dedovshina" - directed by Elyor Nemat

2016 - ArtsLink Fellows Grant winner.

2014- Getty Reportage Emerging Talent program winner. 

2013 - A grant winner of Audience Engagement Grant from the Open Society Foundation.

2011 - Open Society Foundation’s Documentary Photography Project grant winner.

2004 - A First place winner at the Central Asian Photo Contest “People and aid to the Environment”, organized by IREX in Tashkent, Uzbekistan


2016 - Graduated the course - Film For Social Transformation by Mohsen Makhbalbaf in Rome, Italy.

2016 - Noor&Nikon Masterclass for Central Asian photographers. Almaty, Kazakhstan.

2014 - Thomson Reuters Foundation - Crisis Reporting Workshop.

2013 - Screenplay writing workshop by Chris Craps.

2009 -2011 Kuban State University, Russia. Ethno-sociology.

2005 -2008 Bukhara State University, Uzbekistan. Philosophy.

2000 -2004 Bukhara College of Art. Graphic artist. 



The Guardian, The Telegraph Magazine, LE MONDE Magazine, Getty Images, Open Society Foundation, HBO sports channel, THE DIPLOMAT, Meduza, European Union, USAID, World Bank, UNwomen, UNICEF, UNDP, UNHCR, UNFPA, The Global Voices, DCA Foundation, University of Central Asia, European United Photographers, FAST Company Magazine, Oximity, Hyperallergic, Fergana-ru, Voice of Amerika, Ozodlik, Live Kuban, 




2016 - Personal photo-video exhibition in William Patterson University Gallery, New Jersey.  

2016 - Personal photo-exhibition in Framed Framed gallery, Amsterdam. Organized by NOOR Images. 

2014 - Personal photo-exhibition in New York in Photoville photo-festival. 

2014 - LOOK3 photo-festival in Charlottesville VG.

2014 - «Oни» - photo- exhibition in Sakharovs Centre, Moscow

2008 Personal photo-exhibition ”Children of Bukhara, We are all flowers of one garden”, in French Cultural Centre of Victor Hugo. Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

2008 - «Photographers of Uzbekistan. Culture and traditions of Central Asia», in Central exhibition hall «Manej» St. Petersburg, Russia.

2006 - “Environment and development of sustainability”, organized by UNDP in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

2005 - Third «International Tashkent Biennale”, Uzbekistan.

© 2014 Elyor Nematov

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