The exhibition and its accompanying book invite us to broaden our perception of Iran and its modernity.
Bahman Jalali (1944 – 2010) was an Iranian photographer who 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.”.
He was given a very special homage for his forty years of career in photography by the Fundacio Antoni Tapies 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.
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 collection of photographs before you is the stuff of nostalgia. Almost every work affects a spatio-temporal distance. To find the reasons, recall the events of the past two decades, beginning with the Iranian Revolution of 1979, which was a definitive rupture from a if not the past.
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