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Farhad Babaei was born in 1984 in Bandar-e-Anzali, a city of Gilan province in the north of Iran. Graduated in Electrical Engineering, He started to self-teach himself in order to persuade his long life passion for photography and Photo Journalism Back in 2007. With Winning of Different Photo Contests in Iran and outside the borders and also with his works getting assigned/published in famous magazines such as Le Monde | USA TODAY | GEO Mag Science Mag | Stern | Spiegel | National Geographic l Newsweek | L'espresso and many other magazines, He's now recognized Internationally professional. He is Currently based in Iran, working for LAIF Photo agency

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  • My childhood had been influenced by war. The life situation in Iran as an ancient country of the Middle East which was involved in the war, economic, and political crisis gradually brought about some questions about human and his inner soul in my mind, like when the man is in hard conditions, what will he reveal from his personality? How does he confront with the passions that occur to him in life? What is that inner element that makes him a distinct and unique being? The trace of these questions becomes more highlighted under natural catastrophes like flood, earthquake or while situations made by human interference like war, revolution, social and political conflicts, and poverty. It was a question for me that how the man reveals himself when he faces with freedom and pinches. How does he step toward freedom? How does he interact with his environment? All these questions were occupying my mind while facing ethnic and religious traditions. When I began photography, my camera became a tool for surveying these questions. I learned that it is possible to ask the question with camera and overwhelm deep in the question likewise it is possible to think deep in humans’ faces with camera. The questions do not end in answers but also bring more questions along with themselves. And this is how my attitude to the photography takes form, with asking and moving toward humans’ depths and their environments.



Photography Experiences

Canon profifoto Grant Winner,Germany | 2013 

IPA Honorable Mention | 2014

Participated Photokina,Germany | 2014

Participated  International Photo Festival “Photoparade”,Uglich, Russia | 2014

Participated at  Bursa Festival's Photo Exhibition – Turkey | 2013 

Participated  at Tebilisi  Festival's Photo exhibition , Georgia | 2012 

Participated in Photo of the year's Festival's Exhibition Iran | 2009-2010 

Participated in Three Group Exhibitions – Iran | 2009-2012

Member of Iranian national Photographers association

Cooperation with Iraq Metrography Photo agency | 2009-2010

Cooperation with fabrica s.p.a - Italy | 2013 (BOOK)

Cooperation with Laif Photo Agency-  Germany | 2013

Cooperation with Enrico Busan's Master classes as Columnist- Italy | 2012-2013 

Chosen at "Negah- No"(New Look) Photo festival – Tehran,Iran | 2013

3rd Position of Photo Festival, Social Documentary Category | 2012

Chosen at "Lahzehaie Ashouraii" (Ashouraii Moments) –Tehran,Iran | 2012

Appreciated at " 72 Ravi -e –aseman" third National Photo festival | 2010

Participated in  Rajaii's University "Ashouraii Photos" Second Photo Festival | 2010