Yasmin Balai (b. 1990 in Erlangen) is a German-Iranian photographer with a First Class Honours degree in Documentary Photography at the University of South Wales, Newport.
Her projects are based on sociopolitical issues, with a strong interest in the representation and identity of marginalised groups, both as an individual and as a community within society. Throughout her projects, Yasmin works in close contact with social workers and NGOs who are involved in the communities' daily lives, to be able to support and learn about her subjects in more depth.
Yasmin's work has been selected and awarded by the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award 2015, Magnum Photos (Winner of 'Faces of a Vibrant Economy 2016'), the PDN Exposure Award 2016, The New York Times Portfolio Reviews 2017, and Vonovia Award für Fotografie 2017. Furthermore, her work was exhibited and published by CNN, Firecracker Photographic, Grant Thornton, the Ian Parry Award and at Photoville Festival in NYC, amongst others.
Since 2017, Yasmin is part of the global platform Women Photograph, and has been nominated in the 2018 award campaign Hundred Heroines by the Royal Photographic Society, England.