Biography


portrait-jassemJassem Ghazbanpour is an Iranian Photographer. Born in 1963, He started photographing in 1976 in the field of social documentary. In his youth he was attempting to record the circumstances and the daily life of the people of his birthplace.
In 1980, With the start of the Iran-Iraq war, He started photographing the war in battle fields and the cities which had been affected by the war, to show the impact of it.

He has taken photographs from Afghanistan, (just after the fall of the Taliban), Iraq (Gulf War & Iraq war) and Iraqi Kurdistan(independence period).

Ghazbanpour took his BA in the field of photography from Tehran University of Art (1983–1986).
After the end of war, he started to take pictures of the culture, art, and the architecture of Iran, in all possible aspects, and he represented a new look of Iran in his works. In addition to publishing several books in the war field (e.g. Chemical Massacre in Halabja, Sky and Earth: Tehran under missile attack), he has published many books about Iran (e.g. New life-old structure, Iranian House, Iran from the Sky, The Splendor of Iran). In his background, He has numerous individual and group exhibitions in Iran and in other countries such as Indonesia, Japan, France, Italy. And many local and international magazines and newspapers have used his photos.

 

 

Published Books (individual)

 

2016 life and nothing more- Behind the scene, Tiss publication
2010 Khorramshahr Martyrs and 22 Badr brigade, Tiss publication
City eyewitnesses: selection of wall paintings and sculptures of Tehran, Tiss Publication
2009 Contemporary Architecture of Iran: 75 years of public building experience- from 1921 to 1996, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development
Splendor of Khuzestan, Tiss Publication
2007 Typology and guide for housing in Bam, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development
2003 Bam: photo Report on Bam before and after the earthquake, Tiss publication, 2nd 2004
2001 The Splendor of Iran (3 vol.), Booth Clibborn, London
Vol. I, pre-Islamic period
Vol. II, the Islamic period
Vol. III, Contemporary Iran
2000 Iran from the Sky: aerial photos from different cities of Iran, Tiss Publication
1997 Aqa Lotf’ Ali Souratgar-e-Shirazi – Biography and works, Iran Cultural Heritage organization
Sky and Earth: Tehran under missile attack, Research and planning center of Tehran, Tehran
1996 Iranian House: introducing 50 Iranian valuable old houses with plans, National Organization of Housing, 2nd. Edition Tiss publication, 2001
1993 Making woodworking knots with paper, The Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children & Young adults, Tehran, 2nd. Edition 1995
1992 New life – old structure, a selection of valuable structures with plans (3 vol.), Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, 2nd edition1993
Shadow and half shadow, The Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children & Young adults, Tehran

 

Published Books (shared)

 

2010 The Imposed War, Defense vs. Aggression, Vol.9- Martyrs, Foundation for preservation of holy defense and Holy defense photographer’s society, Tehran
2008 The Imposed War, Defense vs. Aggression, Vol.8- Khorramshahr, Foundation for preservation of holy defense and Holy defense photographer’s society, Tehran
The Time Eyewitnesses, introduce war photographers, Shahed Publication, Tehran
2007 Gardens of Iran, Payam publication, Tehran
2006 The Imposed War, Defense vs. Aggression Vol.7- The women in the sacred Defense, Foundation for preservation of holy defense and Holy defense photographer’s society, Tehran
2005 Splendors of Quran Calligraphy & Illumination, Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation, Thames &
2004 Persian Garden, Tehran museum of contemporary art publications, Tehran
A Review on the Iran music background based on pre Islamic remain objects, Iran Cultural Heritage organization, Tehran
Diplomatic architecture, A glance on the IRI Embassies architecture, foreign affair Ministry, Tehran
2003 Life and works of Sani – ol – Molk, Iran University Press (IUP), Tehran
2001 Tehran, Ayeneh shahr, Photo collection, Research and planning center of Tehran, Tehran
2000 Ayeneh shahr, Photo collection (1999-2000), Research and planning center of Tehran, Tehran
20 years of film photography in Iran (1979-1999), Iran Film Museum and Farabi Cinema Foundation, Tehran
1991 Desert Storm, The War in the Persian Gulf, Boston, MA: Time Warner Publishing Inc. 1991, 1991
1989 The Imposed War, Defense vs. Aggression, Vol.6, War information HQ (Supreme Defense Council), Tehran
1988 A Photo Report on the Chemical Massacre in Halabja, Freelance Iranian Photographers, War information Headquarters (Supreme Defense Council), Tehran

 

Solo exhibition (Selected)

 

2016 life and nothing more- Behind the scene, Silk Road Gallery, Tehran, Sept. 23-Oct.16
2015 Room 504, Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art (ACCEA), Yerevan, Armenia, Mar.20- Apr. 4
2014 Iranian Tribes Children, Saadabad Palace Museum, Tehran, Oct.5
2014 Cultural Heritage in War, Niavaran Cultural/Historical Complex, Tehran, Sept.28
2010 Sky and Earth: Tehran under missile attacks, Tehran Beautification organization, September
2004 Splendor of Iranian Garden: photos and plans, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development lobby, September
2001 Election in Tehran, District 1 gallery, Tehran Research and Planning Center, February
1999 Aerial Photography, District 1 gallery, Tehran Research and Planning Center, February
1998 Prisoners of war, District 1 gallery, Tehran Research and Planning Center, August
1996 Tehran under missile attack, District 1 gallery, Tehran Research and Planning Center, March
1984 36 million people City (To celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the Khorramshahr liberation), Art University, May

 

Group exhibition (Selected)

 

2016 The 1st Art and HIV/ Aids Exhibition, Mellat Gallery, Pardis Cinema Complex, Tehran, Oct. 21- Nov. 4
2015 Image of Women in Iranian Contemporary Art, Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art (ACCEA), Yerevan, Armenia, Mar.20- Apr. 4
2014- 2015 Iran, unedited history 1960-2014, National Museum of XXI Century Arts (MAXXI), Rome, Dec. 11 – Mar. 29 (Catalogue)
2014 Iran, unedited history 1960-2014, Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, May 16- Aug. 24 (Catalogue)
2013-14 Iran Modern, Asia Society Museum, New York, Sept.6- Jan.5 (Catalogue)
2012 Saba Photo, Saba Cultural Artistic Institute, IRI Academy of Art, Tehran, June 4- July 4
2011 Requiem for Innocence, Aaran Gallery, Tehran, Sept. 22- Oct. 9
2011 Glorious Shadows: Iranian Mosques, mosques celebration Week, Islamic culture and Relations Organization, Bandung, Bogor, Jakarta, Indonesia, July 26- 28
2011 Iranian Garden Festival, Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran, July 12-16
2010 Tehran Documented, Group exhibition, Aaran Gallery, Tehran, July 16
2008 Iranian Lady, Paris Municipality gallery, Paris, April 7-19
2006 SOS – world heritage, UNESCO and NHK, Tokyo international university of fine art and music, Japan (around the country), Jan 14 – Feb 5 (the whole year)
2005 11th Iran Annual photo Exhibition, Iranian Photographer house, Sept. 17- Oct. 20
2002 Iran, Silk Road Gallery, Tehran
2001 Regards Persans – une révolution photographique, Electra Museum, Paris, 20 June- 31 Aug.
1996 Paradise the Lost, Sayhoon Gallery, December
1994 The 1st Iranian international biennial of photography, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, October
1992 The 4th Iran Annual photo Exhibition, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, February (catalogue)
1991 The 1st Iran Journalistic photos exhibition, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, March
1990 The 3rd Iran Annual photo Exhibition, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, March
1988 The 2nd Iran Annual photo Exhibition, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, December
1988 Photo Experiences, Khaneh Aftab Gallery, Tehran, April

 

Awards/Honors

 

2015 Tehran Research Award (Tehran Award), For Tehran photographing and Tehran Bazaar photo collection, The 2nd Tehran Research Festival Award
 2013 25th anniversary of the Halabja massacre, March 16, 2013.  Minister of martyrs and anfal affairs
2010 Appreciated for Cultural Heritage and War Exhibition, Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization
Appreciated for sincere efforts in disseminating Architecture knowledge, 70th. Anniversary of the establishment of the faculty of fine art
2008 Appreciated as photographer for Time Eyewitnesses book, The 11th Holly Defense year book
Appreciated for Photographing of national culture and Islamic Art, Iranian Academy of Arts
Award for the excellent photo, the 2nd. Top research and innovation in the urban management
2004 Award for Active Photographer of the year, Iranian Photographers house
1999 Appreciated for Sky and Earth: Tehran under missile attack Book, Armed Forces General Staff, Commander in chief
Special Appreciated for Sky and Earth: Tehran under missile attack Book, 4th period of the best Holy Defense Book, Foundation for preservation values of holy defense
1998 Appreciated for Iranian House, The sixth book week fair, Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance,
1996 Appreciated for Iranian House Book, the 2nd National Meeting of Public Culture Council of Iran
1995 Appreciated for Iran – Nature – Water – Power Book, Ministry of energy
1991 Award for Excellent photo, The 4th Annual photo exhibition of Iran, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
1990 3rd place Award, 1st Iran Journalistic photos exhibition especial on north- northwest earthquake, Bureau of Media and planning
Honor plaque, for humanitarian effort in Gilan & Zanjan earthquake, Ministry of interior
1987 3rd place Award, the 4th Education In terms of image Photo Competition
1985 2nd place Award, Photography Techniques, the 4th Iranian youth Cinema Festival

 

Exhibitions Juried (Selected)

 

2015 The 2nd National Tourism Partnership Festival, Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, Tehran, September, jury
The 23rd Holy Quran international exhibition, Culture and Islamic Guidance Office Tehran Province, Tehran, June, jury
2014 The 11th Image of the Year Festival (Another look,-25 years), Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran, February, jury (Catalogue)
2012 The 19th international festival of visual Arts for young artist, Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Gorgan, jury
The 3rd International photography festival of prayer, Culture and Islamic Guidance Office East Azerbaijan, Tabriz, jury
The 4th Fajr International Visual Arts Festival, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Selecting committee
2011 The 2nd International Art Festival of Resistance, Saba Cultural and Artistic Institute, Tehran, jury
2010 The 1st Shams – ol – Emareh Art Cultuer Festival, Golestan Palace Cultural and Historical Complex, Tehran, jury
2009 The 1st Fajr International Visual Arts Festival, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, jury
2007 The 2nd International Festival of Cultural Heritage Media, Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, Tehran, jury
The 1st film and Photo Festival, Bam Cultural week, Niavaran Cultural Center (Farhangsara), Tehran, Selecting committee and jury
2006 The 12th Iran Annual photo Exhibition, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, jury
The 1st Tourism media festival, Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, Tehran, jury
2005 The 11th Iran Annual photo Exhibition, Iran Photographers House (I.P.C), Hozeh Honary, Tehran, jury
Art and Worship World prize, Niavaran artistic creation foundation, Niavaran Cultural Center (Farhangsara), Tehran, jury
2004 The 10th Iran Annual photo Exhibition, Iran Photographers House (I.P.C), Hozeh Honary, Tehran, jury
1993 The 5th Iran Annual photo Exhibition, Iran Photographers House (I.P.C), Tehran
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, jury
1989 The 4th Iranian young Cinema Festival, Hamadan Province, Hamadan, jury

 

Lectures/Workshops

 

2015 Lecture/ Slide show, Biography and works of Behrooz Moradi, The martyr artist, Professional meeting, Ten days with photographers Conference, Iranian Artists Forum, January
Lecture/ Film, Milan Expo narrated by Jassem Ghazbanpour, architect faculty, Azad University, Qazvin Branch, November
Artist Talk/ Film, Milan Expo narrated by Jassem Ghazbanpour, Iran’s Architecture Pride worthies Foundation, Qasr Museum-Garden, August
2014 Workshop, Photography tour in the city, Arvand Film and Photo Festival, Abadan, April
Artist Talk/ Slide show, Meeting 144: Iran: 35 years Through the Camera, CaféLitt, Paris, May
2012 Workshop, Islamic Revolution- Gilles Press View, Hozeh Honary, Qazvin, August
Lecture/ Slide show, Document Photography, Department of Culture and Islamic Guidance East Azerbaijan Province, Tabriz, June
2011 Lecture/ Slide show, Architecture Photography, architect faculty forum, Mazandaran University, Amol, May
2010 Lecture/ Slide show, Architecture Photography, architect faculty forum, Shahid Chamran University, Ahwaz, December
Lecture, Architecture Photography, understanding Iranian architecture workshop for architecture student and graduate – a window to Shushtar, Marashi and Mostofi houses, Shushtar, April
2008 panel member, war photographers Roundtable, Research week, Art University, Karaj Campus, Dec. 20
2006 Lecture/ Slide show, Architecture Photography, Architect Day, architect faculty, Azad University, Bandar Abbas Branch, April

 

Consultancies

 

2011 Special Editor in Chief, AU magazine, Architecture & Urbanism, special issue: Architecture and photography, No. 102/103, September
2008 Consultant, the 3rd Art University Photo Festival, Art University, Tehran
2006 Consultant, the 10th Iranian Biennial of photography and 1st Iran month of photography, Member of Advisory Council, Tehran
2003 Consultant, Persian Garden, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts, December

 

Photo Reports

 

2015 Iran International, Special issue: Expo Milan, No.75, Tehran, Aug.
2012 AD (Architectural Design), Iran: past, present, future, No. 217, P. 18 Khajo Bridge, 20 Shazde Garden, 21 Fin garden,42 Chelsotoon palace, 43 Ibn sina mausoleum (above)& Tehran museum of contemporary arts below,76-77 Azadi square, London, May / June
2011 AU (Architecture & Urbanism), special issue: Architecture and photography, No. 102/103, P.40-41, 110-111, Tehran, spring/Winter
2010 Hamshahri javan, weekly, No. 279, P. 44- 45-46 above, Tehran,
2007 El País, interview with Mohammad Ali Abtahi (Center for Interreligious Dialogue & Civilization), Madrid, Dec.18
2007 El País, woman’s Futsal team exercises with Spanish trainer, P. 35, Madrid, Nov.12
2007 El País, Marriage Dating Agency, P. 46, Madrid, Oct.7
2007 El País, Religious Minorities in Iran, Jews, p. 4, Madrid, April 9
2007 El País, Victimas olvidadas de Saddam (Victims of Chemical attack in Sardasht, Kurdistan), P. 20, Madrid, Feb. 18
2006 El País, interview with Masoumeh Ebtekar (Tehran City Council Member), P. 8, Madrid, Dec.14
1998 – 2001 Golestan – e – Quran, weekly magazine, Tehran
1996 ABC, victims of Chemical attack in Iran- Iraq War, Sep.28, Madrid
1991 Time International, Getting Their Way, vol. 137, No. 13, April 1
1991 Time International, Keeping Hands Off, vol. 137, No. 14, April 8
1991 The Independent, Iraq sinking into chaos, No. 1384, Saturday Mar23, London

 

1990 Aks (Photo), special issue for North and Northwest Iran Earthquake (Rudbar, Manjil), Tehran, Oct.

 

Film Photography

 

1998 The pear tree, Dariush Mehrjoui
1992 Life and nothing more, Abbas Kiarostami

 

Professional Organizations (or Memberships, or Professional Affiliations)

 

Canadian Association for Photographic Art (CAPA), www.capacanada.ca

Caroun Photo Club: Canadian National and International Photo Club(CPC), www.caroun.com, www. Caroun Photo Club.com

Credit Foundation in support of writers, journalists and artists, www.honarcredit.ir

Crisis Photographers Organization, Iran

Cultural Heritage Photographic Society of Iran (Chpsi), www.chpsi.ir

Iranian Advertising & industrial Photographers Association, Honorary Membership, 2015

Institute for Promotion of Contemporary Visual Art, www.civa.ir

Iranian Photojournalist Association, (www.iranphotojournalists.com)

Iranian Red Crescent, (www.rcs.ir)

International freelance photographers organization (IFPO), (www.aipress.com)

National Iranian Photographers Society (NIPS), (www.nips.org.ir)

The Photographers Association Holy Defense and Revolution, (www.8image.ir)