Tanin Kayvan was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. In 2015, alongside her studies in anthropology at the University of Victoria, she worked on conservation projects on the Galapagos Islands. She also began working as an interpreter at refugee camps in Greece in 2016. From 2017-2018 she worked on a long term project photographing over 100 families in communities in Peru, Mongolia, Iran, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, India, and Turkey. In 2019 her work was published by UNESCO and exhibited at their headquarters in Paris France, notably in the Silk Roads exhibition, and the Regenerations exhibition at the UNESCO 40th Session General Conference to showcase intercultural and intergenerational dialogue. In 2021 she graduated from the Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism program at the International Center of Photography in New York, where she received the ICP Directors Fellowship. She was also accepted into the Eddie Adams workshop XXXIV, and exhibited at the University of Europe after being accepted into the first ever Hamburg Portfolio review.
International Center of Photography - 2021 NY, Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism. Directors fellowship recipient.
CNN - CNN Photos 2022
UNESCO Youth Lens on Silk Roads Book - 2019
Hamburg Portfolio Review Exhibit - 2021, University of Europe
ICP - 2021, Online Exhibition
UNESCO Silk Roads- 2019, exhibited at UNESCO Headquarters Paris France, along with exhibitions in Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, China, Turkey.
UNESCO 40th Session General Conference -(Re)Generations exhibit-
2019, UNESCO Headquarters