Nina Berman

Documentary photographer
An autobiography of Miss Wish
Location: New York City
Nationality: American
Biography: Nina Berman is a documentary photographer, author and educator, whose photographs and videos have been exhibited at more than 100 international venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the... read on
Public Story
An autobiography of Miss Wish
Credits: nina berman
Date of Work: 12/31/69 - 12/31/69
Updated: 12/05/18
An autobiography of Miss Wish is a story of a survivor of sex trafficking and child pornography and her struggle to survive and find physical and emotional safety,  to assert herself as an artist and narrator, and to craft a life while living in a state of flashbacks, trauma and addiction.

Photographed over twenty-five years in London and New York City, the story is told through multiple narrative elements including the protagonist’s vast personal archive which was safeguarded by the photographer who assumed the role of friend and advocate. The resulting collaborative book weaves together this archive of extraordinary drawings depicting memories of crime scenes, along with medical reports,  diary entries,  interviews,  ephemera,  and letters between the authors.

An autobiography of Miss Wish, is also a tale about two lives intertwined and the creative potential of collaborative documentary.
Purchase Signed Copies

Aperture/Paris Photo Book Prize,  Shortlist
Lucie Award  Nomination, Kehrer and An autobiography of Miss Wish
Arles  Photo Book/Text Award, 2018, Shortlist
L'oeil de la photographie,  best of 2018
PDN Annual Book Award, 2018
Mother Jones Best Photo Book of 2017
Women Photograph Books of 2017

The New York Times 

British Journal of Photography
Huck Magazine
Vice UK
L'oeil de la photographie

Fraction Magazine
a Photo Editor
Feature Shoot
Doc Photo Magazine
Il Post
Six Mois

Images SIngulieres: "An autobiography of Miss Wish," Solo Exhibition, Sete, France, 2019
Parsons School of Design, "Beyond Addiction, Reframing Recovery,"  New York City, USA, 2019
Organ Vida, Gallery Nova, Solo Exhibiition, Zagreb, Croatia,  2018
Athens Photo Festival,  Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece, 2018
Cinema Galleries,   Brussels, Belgium, 2018
Maribor Art Gallery,  "Vigilance, Struggle and Pride: Through Her Eyes"  Maribor, Slovenia, 2018
Centro Internatzionale di Fotografia,  "Women Photograph Women,"  Palermo, Italy, 2017
Tisch School of the Arts at New York University,   "Re-imagining a Safe Space,"  New York City, USA, 2017

NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Documenting Diversity with Ruddy Roye and Lola Flash
New York  NY
October 17, 2018

Power of Storytelling: Rewrite
Keynote speaker
Bucharest, Romania  
October 12, 2018

Gallery Nova, Organ Vida Festival
Zagreb, Croatia
Exhibition opening
September 13, 2018

Recontres d'Arles
Book signing
July 5, 2018

Athens Photo Festival
Artist Lecture/Exhibition
Benaki Museum,
Athens, Greece
June 24, 2018
International Center of Photography (ICP)
Artist Lecture
New York City
June 5, 2018

Magnum Foundation

10x10 Book Salon
New York City
May 24, 2018

The New School
"Panel: Confounding Expectations: Picturing Addiction"
New York City
April 19, 2018

Monroe Gallery of Photography
AIPAD- Book Signing
New York City
April 8, 2018

Columbia University 
Dart Center on Journalism and Trauma
"Documentary Storytelling and Collaborative Practices"
New York City
April 5, 2018

The New School
Institute for Transformative Mentoring
Center for New York City Affairs
Kimberly Stevens and Nina Berman in conversation
New York City
March 9, 2018

New York Academy of Medicine "Navigating Care for the Most Vulnerable"
New York City
February 21, 2018

Bronx Documentary Center

Artist Lecture with Kimberly Stevens; Bearing Witness
The Bronx,  New York
February 1, 2018

Paris Photo 
Eyes Magazine-Artist talk
Paris, France
November 10, 2017

Also by Nina Berman —


The Black Boys of Dozier

By Nina Berman — The Florida School for Boys later renamed the Alfred G Dozier School for Boys, was a prison reform..

David Duke

By Nina Berman — In 1990 and 1991,   I photographed David Duke's campaigns for US Senate and Governor of Louisiana...

fractured: the shale play

By Nina Berman — Fractured: the shale play , documents the altered landscape and human consequences of unconventional gas..

Triumph of the Shill 2

By Nina Berman — Documentary short 

times square

By Nina Berman — This is what I remember about Times Square ...         I remember the girls, all in a..


By Nina Berman — Complex trading, based on algorithms and proprietary knowledge and communicated through a privileged visual..


By Nina Berman — War is both everywhere and invisible.  It’s there when we shop, when we socialize. We are..

robert taylor

By Nina Berman — The Robert Taylor Homes were the largest public housing project in the USA stretching two miles along..

tea party

By Nina Berman — Tea Party supporters rally on tax day in Washington DC  April 15, 2010


By Nina Berman — Megachurches and Christian evangelicals in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Ohio and Kentucky photographed in..

afghanistan - under taliban

By Nina Berman — Photographs from Afghanistan 1998 in Kabul and 2000 in Kandahar showing life under Taliban rule.

Obama train

By Nina Berman / USA — In 2009, newly elected President Barack Obama traveled by train from Philadelphia to his..
Join us
for more access