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

* 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.

Huma Mulji

Born in 1970, Karachi, Pakistan
Lives and works in Pakistan

Huma Mulji was born in Karachi, Pakistan, in 1970, and completed her Bachelors in Fine Art from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in 1995. Mulji's participation in recent selected exhibitions includes in 2008 Farewell to Post Colonialism, Third Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, China; Desperately Seeking Paradise, Pakistan Pavillion, ART DUBAI, UAE and Arabian Delight, Rohtas Gallery, Lahore.

Gonkar Gyatso

 *1961 in Lhasa, Tibet

Studied Fine Art in Beijing and London.

He is the founder of the contemporary Tibetan art gallery The Sweet Tea House and is currently based and working between London and Beijing.  

Gonkar Gyatso is a Tibetan born British artist. Born in 1961 in Lhasa, Gonkar moved to London in the late 90's on scholarship to the Chelsea School of Art and Design, where he attained his MA in Fine Art. (Gyatso studied Chinese Brush Painting in Beijing, attaining a B.F.A. and Thangka (traditional Tibetan scroll painting) in Dharamsala). He has been living and working in the West ever since.

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

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

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

*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

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.