I am a self-taught Iranian documentary photographer based in Iran and the UK. I studied computer science at Azad University, emerging from school with a B.A. in software engineering. I started approaching photography as a self-taught photographer in 2012, after independent studies on cinematography. My personal work explores the diversity of lifestyles and relationships between people and their environment through personal intimate narratives. through my long-term works, I explore the connections between climate change, environment, water crisis/security, geography, and human identity in my native Iran and neighbouring countries.
Through my projects, I seek to connect documentary photography and fictional storytelling, by exploring personal narratives that reveal characters and scenes in the communities that I am drawn towards. My work has been published in National Geography Magazine, Foreign Policy Magazine, Polka Magazine, L'OBS Magazine, British Journal of Photography, Le Monde Magazine, Woman Paper Visa journal, Dutch geography schoolbook de Geo, Télérama Magazine, One World Magazine, The American Scholar Magazine, Emerge Magazine, Kel12 Magazine, Le Point Magazine, and other publications.
In 2015, I received the IdeasTap and Magnum Photos Grant while working on the long-term project The Eyes of Earth, an investigation into the environmental and human impact of the drying of Lake Urmia which is one of the most unfortunate environmental disasters of Iran and in 2016 I received Magnum Foundation Grant, Photography in Collaboration for a call themed “On Religion”. I had proposed a project documenting the intersection of religion and environment with a focus on Mandaeans minority religious community and their interaction with the Muslim community in Ahvaz, in south-western Iran. The grant also provided me with funding to participate in a three-week program conducted by Brown Institute for Media Innovation.
2020 Recipient of The Alexandra Boulat scholarship from VII Academy to study at DMJX
2020 Runner up for Marilyn Stafford Fotoreportage Grant, United Kingdom
2019 Finalist in The IWPA Award by the International Women Photographers Association, France
2018 Second Place, 2018 PhotogrVphy Grant in the category of Climate
2018 Shortlisted for IWPA Award, the International Women Photographers Association, France
2017 Recipient of Magnum Foundation “On Religion” collaborative photography Grant, NYC, USA
2016 Recipient of IdeasTap with Magnum Photos Grant, London, United Kingdom
2016 Shortlisted for D&AD Next Photographer Award, London, United Kingdom
2016 Shortlisted for PDN's 30 Photographers to Watch
2015 Shortlisted for Sheed Grant (Independent Award for Documentary Photography)
2013 Tirgan Contemporary Art Prize Award, Toronto, Canada
2013 Shortlisted for Borsa International Photography Festival, Borsa, Turkey