Natela Grigalashvili is a Georgian documentary photographer and photojournalist with more than 30 years of experience. After working many years in press Grigalashvili decided to become a freelancer and started working on her long term documentary projects.
In the beginning of her carrier she used to shoot with black-and-white film but for more than a decade Grigalashvili has been taking color photographs with a digital camera. Artist mainly works on long-term documentary projects in the rural areas of Georgia focusing on the lives and issues of people living in villages and provincial cities. While working on a photo series Grigalashvili focuses on the story which is told by the image.
Natela Grigalashvili was awarded the Alexander Roinishvili Prize for her contribution to Georgian photography in 2007. In 2015 she founded a photo agency in Georgia – Kontakt Photos.
Grigalashvili founded photography clubs in Javakheti (2014), in the Pankisi Gorge (2015) and in Adjara(2016).