Bahman Jalali

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Bahman Jalali (1944 – 15 January 2010) was a famous Iranian photographer who played a significant role in educating the new generation of Iranian photographers. He used to taught photography at different universities in Iran for 20 years.


He graduated in Economics from Melli University in Tehran, then started his career as a photographer with Tamasha Magazine in 1972.

He is best known for his documentary photographs from 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.

He was the curator of Iran's first museum of photography and inspired a generation of emerging Iranian photographers.

His latest 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 from throughout Iranian photographic history. He explained later: “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.”.[1] The Museum of Fine Arts in Nantes has bought this photo series for their collection.

He was given a very special homage for his forty years of career in photography by the Fundacio Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona with a special solo exhibition curated by Catherine David from September to December 2007, with the publication of a book. He contributed to the prestigious exhibition in the British Museum of London, Word into Art : Artists of the Modern Middle East in 2006.[2]

Until the end of his life, Bahman Jalali was a member of the editorial board for Aksnameh, a bi-monthly journal of photography in Tehran.

The veteran photographer was being treated for pancreatic cancer in Germany. He returned to his home in Tehran on 14 January 2010 and died the next morning at the age of 65.[3]



  • 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.

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