Media Parents

5 minutes with… Leila Amanpour, Photographer / Nelson Mandela

February 14, 2011 @ 3:02 pm Posted in News Comments

This is an occasional feature, introducing Media Parents talent.  Photographer Leila Amanpour is a mother of 3 who will be taking the photographs for the Tiger Aspect Meets Media Parents event.

Photographer and mother of 3 Leila Amanpour can be found in the network at

Leila Amanpour, Iranian/British, was born in England in 1972, lived in Iran until 1980 and then moved to London.

In 1996, after a short course in photography at the Camberwell School of Art, Leila worked in the editorial department at Magnum Photos, London. In pursuit of her own work as a photojournalist, Leila moved to South Africa in 2001 and, based in Johannesburg for five years, she covered a wide range of daily life stories in South Africa and throughout the African continent.

Nelson Mandela. Portrait by Leila Amanpour.

Leila’s work has been exhibited in Johannesburg and London and was highly commended in the Commonwealth Photographic Awards 2004. She is conversationally fluent in English, French and Italian.

Shooting and rehearsing scenes from "The Godson". Victoria Island Beach, Lagos, Nigeria 2004.

Clients include: The Sunday Telegraph Magazine, The Financial Times Magazine, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, Waitrose Food Illustrated Magazine, Esquire, GQ, Marie-Claire, Courier International and Africa Geographic.

If you would like to feature on the Media Parents blog please email your profile, personal photo and an image that reflects your work to

Leila Amanpour is in the Media Parents network at and at for great talent, networking, jobs and information.

by Amy Walker

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