Lea Mandana is a documentary photographer and a reporter.
She grew up with two cultures: French and Iranian. She became an architect in Paris where she focused her studies on the link between ruins and the imaginary.
She covered Iraq, including the Mosul offensive. Her interest is in women joining militant movements and armed groups. Her sensitivity comes from her personal story and cinema. Ideal and disillusion, irony of paradoxes, strength from fragility/injury are recurring themes in her work.
She has worked on assignments for The New York Times, Libération, Grazia, Le Monde des Religions (Le Monde) and has been published by United Nations University, Fisheye Magazine, La Croix, Mediapart, Bloomberg Businessweek, amongst others.