Ziv Koren has been a professional photojournalist for over 25 years. Today, Koren works for the daily "Yedioth Ahronoth", represents "Polaris Images" photo agency in Israel, and working on personal projects worldwide.
Koren's documentary projects focus mainly on humanitarian issues in Israel and around the world such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, poverty, the tsunami in Southeast Asia, the earthquake in Haiti, AIDS in South Africa and more. In addition, he has documented the Israeli Defence Forces and Elite Counter-Terror units for more than two decades, including military operations.
His award-winning photographs have contributed to many solo and group exhibitions worldwide; at the Metropolitan Museum of Tokyo, at the Memorial Museum in Spain, at MAXXI - The National Museum of Art in Rome, at Cui Zhenkuan - Art Museum in Xi'an, China, at The War Museum in Croatia and at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, to name a few, among dozens of galleries around the world.
Koren's photographs have been widely published in the international media including Time Magazine, Newsweek, The Sunday Times Magazine, Stern, Der Spiegel, Paris Match, Le Figaro, Corriere Della Sera Magazine and others.
Koren has worked for commercial clients such as HP, Phillip Morris, AUDI, Canon, Volvo, Viber, Bombardier, L'Oreal and Red Bull.
He was sponsored by Kodak for many years, had done a world-wide campaign for SanDisk and served as a Canon Ambassador - EMEA for 10 years.
In 2000, Koren’s 1995 photograph of an exploded Israeli bus was selected as one of 200 most important images in the last 45 years by World Press Photo.
He is also the frequent recipient of prestigious prizes such as the "Photo District News Award" (4 times), "Yann Geffroy Award", "International Colour Award" (twice) and "Picture of the Year" – POYi (twice).
Koren was the subject of the documentary film "More Than 1000 Words" which was widely screened at film festivals around the world, garnering a dozen awards. He regularly lectures at workshops and universities worldwide. Koren has published 18 photography books thus far.
Recently Koren launched in association with Travelog Company the project "Around the World with Ziv Koren" – professional workshops for photographers around the globe focusing on the human condition aspect of the world we live in today.