Photography

Lien Botha

Lien Botha
Maria Elizabeth (Lien) Botha

*1961, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

Lien Botha studied languages at the University of Pretoria and worked as a Press photographer for Beeld before moving to Cape Town in 1984. In 1988 she obtained a BA Fine Arts degree from the University of Cape Town. Since that time she has participated in over eighty South African group exhibitions and forty international group exhibitions and has held nine solo exhibitions. Botha's work is represented in pivotal collections throughout South Africa as well as in key private collections locally and abroad.

Taysir Batniji

Taysir Batniji
*1966 Gaza, Palestine.

Born in Gaza in 1966, Taysir Batniji studied art at Al-Najah University in Nablus in the West Bank from 1985-92. In 1994 he was awarded a fellowship to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Bourges, France, where in 1997 he graduated with a DNSEP (Higher National Diploma in Plastic Expression). Since then he has divided his time between France and Palestine, developing an interdisciplinary practice including drawing, painting, installation and performance often closely related to his heritage.

Roger Ballen

Roger Ballen
* 1950, New York, USA.

Lives and works in Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa.

Roger Ballen has lived and worked in Johannesburg, South Africa for almost 30 years. During this period from 1982 to 2008 he has produced eight books and his style has evolved from photo-journalism to a unique artistic vision. The subject of animals has been an essential theme to Ballen’s work since he started photography over 40 years ago. His next book (to be published in 2013) will be on birds photographed in a strange surrealistic place.

Mahmoud Kashfipour

Mahmoud Kashfipour
* 1974, Yazd, Iran.
Lives and works in Iran

Mahmoud Kashfipour was born in Yazd-Iran 1974. After receiving graphic diploma from school of visual arts he began to work and make experience in graphic and photography for about 20 years. During this time he had special consideration to contemporary art and fine art photography. Also he has been creating artistic works and teaching while working in the field of graphic.

Shadi Ghadirian

Shadi Ghadirian

*1974, Tehran, Iran.
Lives and works in Iran.

Shadi Ghadirian’s photography takes conflicting visual signifiers and drags them into ironic yet subtly unnerving relationships with the viewer. Born in 1974 in Tehran, Iran, Ghadirian emerged in 2000 among a generation of photographers prepared to tackle the confusing reality of a woman’s place in contemporary Iran and to play with understandings of the region.

Dariush Kiani

Dariush Kiani
Born in 1971, Tehran, Iran
Lives and works in Iran

I was born in 1971 in Tehran and since high school I became interested in Art. My first artistic activity began with music. After that, when I was 21, I familiarized myself with photography by seeing a photo that I never found out what was the name of photographer. It had deep impact on me and the photography became my passion.

Jalal Sepehr

Jalal Sepehr
Born in 1968, Tehran, Iran
Lives and works in Iran.

A self-taught photographer, he started taking pictures in 1994 while living in Japan (1991-96). Back in Iran, he and Dariush Kiani, an advertising photographer, founded the Fanoos studio, and followed by that an influential Fanoos Photo web site founded with two other professional photographers (2003). As well as his industrial commissions, he is also into creative photography, fine art and being an active member of advertising and industrial Association of Iran, and the Canadian Association for photographic Art.

John L Tran

John L Tran
*1965 The United Kingdom
Lives and works in London and Tsukuba (Japan)

A British artist of Vietnamese descent, currently based in London and Tsukuba, Japan.

Tran received a Bachelor’s degree in Intellectual History & French at Sussex University before going on to study an MA and PhD in Photography at the University of the Arts, London. Tran’s photography focuses on historical and cultural narratives, and, by extension, the social construction of reality and self-identity.

Sadegh Tirafkan

Sadegh Tirafkan
Born in 1965 Karbala, Iraq - 2013

Tirafkan was six years of age his family fled the country before the start of the Islamic revolution. His family returned to Tehran where he grew up. As a young man, Tirafkan fought in the eight year long Iran - Iraq war in the 1980’s as a Basiji or conscripted soldier. The artist works is characterised by a strong emphasis on the intrinsic role of the male in traditional Iranian society.

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