Jonathan Torgovnik (born in Israel,1969) is an award winning photographer, Emmy nominated filmmaker, and educator. His personal documentary projects dealing with underreported social issues have been recognized with numerous awards and honors such as the UK National Portrait Gallery Photographic Portrait Prize, the duPont Columbia University Journalism Award, Prix Découverte d’Arles, Open Society Foundations Documentary photography Project Fellowship Grant, the Getty Grant for Editorial Photography, an Emmy nomination, Webby Award, and World Press Photo award.
Torgovnik is the author of two books: Bollywood Dreams: An Exploration of the Motion Picture Industry, and it’s Culture in India (Phaidon,2003), and Intended Consequences: Rwandan Children Born of Rape (Aperture,2009). His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in museums, galleries, and institutions around the world and are in the permanent collections of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris, and the Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Following Torgovnik’s deep involvement in his long-term project Intended Consequences in Rwanda, Torgovnik co- founded the non-governmental organization Foundation Rwanda, that supports secondary school education for children born of rape during the Rwandan genocide. (www.foundationrwanda.org).
Jonathan is a firm believer in the power of photography as a catalyst to help create social change and is committed to documenting issues relating to social injustice, human rights, trauma, and global health. Torgovnik is currently based in South Africa.