Jonathan Torgovnik was born in Israel, and graduated with a BFA degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he studied Photography and Art.
His photographs from various projects and assignments have been published in numerous International publications including Newsweek, Aperture, GEO, The Sunday Times Magazine, Stern, Paris Match, and Mother Jones among others.
Torgovnik has been a contract photographer for Newsweek magazine since 2005, and is on the faculty of the International Center of Photography School in New York. He is the author of two books: Bollywood Dreams (Phaidon, 2003), and Intended Consequences: Rwanda Children Born of Rape (Aperture, 2009).
Torgovnik's award-winning photographs have been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the US and Europe and are in the permanent collections of museums and institutions such as The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Bibliotheque National De France in Paris, and the Library of congress, Washington, DC.
He has received numerous honors such as The National Portrait Gallery Portrait Prize in the UK, the Open Society Institute Documentary photography Project Fellowship Grant, Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography, the ASMP/PDN Alfred Newman Prize, an Emmy nomination, and the DuPont Columbia University Award for his short multimedia film “Intended Consequences” produced by MediaStorm. He has also received awards from: World Press Photo, Picture of the Year International, American Photography, Graphis, Communication Arts, and Photo District News.
Torgovnik is the co-founder of Foundation Rwanda an NGO that supports secondary school education for children born of rape during the Rwandan genocide. (www.foundationrwanda.org).