Rena Effendi (born April 26th, 1977) is an Azerbaijani freelance photographer. Her work focuses mostly on themes surrounding the environment, a conflicted society, and social disparity. Effendi began photographing in 2001 and later became a full time photographer in 2005. Effendi’s most famous, and my favorite, series is the one she did in Chernobyl. Her work on the transgender people in Istanbul is also widely recognized and very politically driven. I love Rena’s work because it captures moments in a way that feels incredibly isolated, but incredibly warm. Her portraits bring forth so many emotions and I think that is what makes her work so incredible.

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