Tahmineh Monzavi

Tahmineh Monzavi is an Iranian photographer. Monzavi got her bachelor degree from Azad art & architecture university Of Tehran. In 2005 , as a documentary photographer , she began her artistic life. She also started making documentary films in 2009. Her main topics of interest are social conflicts and the young generation of Iran.


Since 2006 when she started using the media of photography, she has focused on "social contradictions". In 2009 she began incorporating documentaries alongside photography. As films have more to tell in her opinion. Monzavi thinks that while a photograph captures a moment, film and video can convey more context and atmosphere and allow the audience to feel the existing ambiguity. Nevertheless it doesn't lessen the influence of a photograph.


In 2011 she received the prestigious "Sheed Award"; an independent , non-profit , private photography award. This award goes to the asocial documentary photographer of the year and is the only Iranian completion to have internationally qualified members, beside Iranian leading photographers in the jury.


Her works have also been published by more than a few international art magazines and books such as "Internationale", "British journal of photography", "Lefigaro", "l'oeil de la photographie", "Alternatives History", "La photographie Iranienne ­ published by LOCO", "Iran unedited history 1960­2014 published by Muse D'Art Moderne de la ville de Paris".

Her photographs have also been demonstrated in some museums around the world such as "Modern Art Museum of Paris" and "Literature Museum of Giorgia".

Her latest series was widely apriciated by the media. In "The brides of Mokhber al­Dowleh" Monzavi told the story of a very elegant work of art done by the rough hands of men. Her photo exhibition was held in silkroad gallery in Tehran as well as Paris, Rome, Vienna, Boston and South Korea.


She has also done an interesting project on Transsexualism which addresses how a minority within traditional Iranian society yearns for and attempts to find wider social acceptance and recognition.


Monzavi’s vision was changed after a month of being imprisoned; she started looking at her society differently. after a year of not working she began to work on a project called “All about me; nicknamed Queen maker”. in which she points out the deep feelings of womanhood and womanly dreams.


Tahmineh Monzavi is also known for the length of her projects. Ever since the beginning she has tried to work in long intervals as she thinks that in documentary photography, it's a must to be able to observe the passing of time and the happenings of life to have a better perspective over the topic. Now she is working on a long interval project of photo stories about young generation and women of Iran in various cities.

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