Nir Arieli launched his career as a military photographer for the Israeli magazine Bamachane, before receiving a scholarship to pursue a BFA at New York’s School of Visual Arts; he graduated with honors. Nir's photographic passion is within the portraiture and dance fields. He is an admirer of gentleness, beauty that embodies a sense of conflict and physical intelligence.
Nir received the Silas H. Rhodes Scholarship (2009-2012), SVA's Photography Department Award (2009, 2011) and the 5th Year Award by Gotham Imaging and FotoCare (2012). He was chosen as one of the 2013 talents to watch by "Next" magazine, won 1st place in the PDN "Faces" portrait contest, and the Curator Award in Rolling Shutter Film Festival (both 2012). Nir was nominated for the Tierney Fellowship (2012) and PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers (2013), was a finalist in the Google Photography Prize (2012) as well as in W. magazine's “In A Fashion Minute Video Contest” (2010) and a semi-finalist in the Adobe Design Achievement Awards (2012). His work has been published, exhibited and collected in the USA, Europe and Israel, and his New York clients include the Juilliard School, The Alvin Ailey school, The School of Visual Arts, Time Out NY, Pontus Lidberg, MADboots, FJK Dance, Shannon Gillen + Guests, Hewman collective, Company XIV and The People Movers Dance Company, among others.
Nir is represented in NYC by Daniel Cooney Fine Art gallery, in North Carolina by MoNA gallery and in Israel by Pinzeta initiative. His first solo show "Inframen" was on view at Daniel Cooney Fine Art gallery from January until March 2014.