Bahman Jalali (1944 – 15 January 2010) was a renowned Iranian photographer who played a significant role in educating a new generation of Iranian photographers. He taught photography at several universities in Iran over a 30 year period.
Jalali graduated with a degree in Economics from Melli University in Tehran, then started his career as a photographer with Tamasha Magazine in 1972. In 1974 he joined the Royal Photographic Society in Great Britain. He is best known for his documentary photographs from the Iranian Revolution in 1979 and from the Iran-Iraq war, but after the revolution he focused more on teaching photography at Iranian universities than practicing it. Jalali was a founding member and curator at the Museum of Photography in Tehran (also known as Akskhaneh Shahr), Iran's first museum of photography.
His last work was a photo series called "Image of Imaginations", which took three years (2003–2006) for him to complete. It was a mixture of flowers or Iranian calligraphy with old photographs drawn from Iranian photographic history. Jalali later explained: “I have been exposed to many images by little known photographers around the country. Those that I could keep, I have held as mementos, and others have left their marks on my imagination.” The Museum of Fine Arts in Nantes bought this photo series for their collection.
Jalali was given a special homage for his forty year career in photography by the Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona with a solo exhibition curated by Catherine David from September to December 2007 and the publication of a monograph. He was a contributor to the exhibition in the British Museum, London, "Word into Art : Artists of the Modern Middle East" in 2006.
Until the end of his life, Jalali was a member of the editorial board for Aksnameh, a bi-monthly journal of photography in Tehran.
His work is in numerous collections, including Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, the British Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Sprengel Museum, Hannover and Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art.
- Cathérine David, cur.: Bahman Jalali (Barcelona: Fundaciò Antoni Tàpies, 2007). 296 pages.
- Anahita Ghabaian Etehadieh, sous la direction de, "La photographie iranienne, Un regard sur la création contemporaine" (L'Atelier d'édition-Loco/Silk Road Gallery, 2011). 191 pages.
- Bahman Jalali in Kargah
- L'ànima d'una màquina sense ànima: Reflexions sobre la fotografia de Bahman Jalali (Catalan) an essay by Hamid Dabashi
- Bahman Jalali / Image Of Imagination
- Fundació Antoni Tàpies Press images : Bahman Jalali
- Unfinished Picture : Bahman Jalali – A documentary About Bahman Jalali by Amid Rashedi&Tooraj Rabbani
- Silk Road Gallery, Bahman Jalali