Iran Photo (inside & outside)

Organized by Badguir,

Curated by Zahra Jahan-Bakhsh

April 23 – May 7, 2019
Opening Tuesday April 23: (19h-22h)

Open daily, free entry 11:00 — 20:00

Cité internationale des Arts - Galerie, 18 rue de l'Hôtel de Ville, 75004 Paris

Catalogue published on the occasion of the exhibition

On the occasion of the second edition of Iran Photo, the association Badguir presents a selection of photographs by young Iranian artists, working inside and outside of the country. Iran Photo (inside & outside) offers a nuanced view of Iran, one that reveals the complex changes that the country has experienced over the last four decades, changes that have at times been in opposition to traditional religious values.  

Like other countries, but in a different national and international context, Iranian society has evolved and presents many faces that bear witness to many aspects, such as the increasing influence of women and unprecedented urban growth. The combination of these factors, and others, has contributed to the creation of artistic and cultural networks.  

Photography has been a dominant form of expression in the narration of these changes. Today, a new generation of photographers, who, for the most part were born after 1979, is emerging in Iran. All of the photographers presented here are under forty. They are part of a representative generation that reveals the evolution of the photographic practice in their country. Their work reflects an artistic approach to social documentation, images that are beyond photojournalism. Through twenty different photographic series, Iran Photo offers a vision of a society in flux, like practically anywhere around the world right now—with its pride, its individualities, and its questions.


Participating Artists

Inside & Outside

Qazale Amidi, Soha Asadi, Sadra Bagheri, Erfan Dadkhah, Hamed Farhangi, Milad Gorgin,

Poolad Javaher Haghighi, Mohsen Kaboli, Alireza Karamzadeh, Alborz Kazemi, Saba Khansari,

Payam Mofidi, Marzieh Mohammadmiri, Sahar Mokhtari, Mehdi Moradpour, Sara Niroobakhsh,

Maryam Rahmanian, Mohsen Shahmardi, Sina Shiri, Negar Yaghmaian.


Exhibition organized by Zahra Jahan-Bakhsh, Curator

Guy Devinoy, Artistic Director

Lillian Davies, Director of Communications

Mahsa Mirhosseini, Coordination


Tuesday April 23: Opening (19h-22h)

Friday May 3: Book signing, Maryam Zandi’s “The Revolution of Iran 79,” Editions Nazar (18h-20h)

Presentation of books on photography from the publishing house Nazar and of the collection Iran from the publisher Harmattan during the exhibition.

The exhibition coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution and on this occasion we present the books of two Iranian photographers, Kaveh Kazemi’s “Revolutionaries” and Maryam Zandi’s “The Revolution of Iran 79”