Dr. Gabriele Magnani

Art Critic - Curator - Journalist - Writer

Kimia Rahgozar

Kimia Rahgozar lives and works in Tehran, where she was born in 1967. Her atelier is located where she has lived for the past 30 years, an old house situated in Shemiran, North of Tehran.

Kimia Rahgozar lives and works in Tehran, where she was born in 1967. Her atelier is located where she has lived for the past 30 years, an old house situated in Shemiran, North of Tehran.

She started taking serious interest in photography as an adolescent, by practicing with her father's old camera. After graduating from high school with a diploma majoring in mathematics, she wanted to study photography at university. However, photography was not available as a separate course and could only be studied as part of journalism. In those days, the only university courses that had any kudos were medicine and engineering. As she enjoyed Electronics, she opted for Electronics Engineering.

Portraiture has always been Kimia's passion and the field in which she has focused professionally.

She is also interested in architectural photography and she enjoy travelling across Iran to photograph historical sites. Through this type of photography, Kimia aim to show cultural nuances through architectural details.

She is a member of the IRANIAN ADVERTISING & INDUSTRIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS ASSOCIATION and has extensive experience in social life photography as a group of images taken for example ISTANBUL FROM THE VIEW OF AN IRANIAN WOMAN PHOTOGRAPHER & 30 DAYS IN SWISS.

As part of her practical training, she has worked with a number of famous Iranian photographers, namely Kamran Adle, Kaveh Kazemi, and Ali Rais-Shaghaghi.

Her everyday work mostly involves portrait photography of subjects who want images of themselves taken professionally so that when they look at it, they feel good about themselves.

It is now around ten years that she is researching on Ethics and professional behavior specially as a professional photographer in portraiture.

Kimia Rahgozar has had 15 solo and group exhibitions, inside and outside of IRAN from 1993 to date.

Group Exhibitions

2008: AADAM, Iranian Art Museum/Garden, Tehran
2008: 30 Years of Solitude, Asia House, London
2007: 30 Years of Solitude, New Hall, University of Cambridge, England
2005: CAPA Exhibition, 7Samar Gallery of Art, Tehran
2005: Nikol Gallery of Art, for the Anniversary of Nikol Gallery
2002: Moglis Gallery of Art, Dubai
1998: 7th Iranian photo Biennale, the Contemporary Art Museum, Tehran
1996: 6th Iranian Photo Biennale, Niavaran Cultural Centre, Tehran

Solo Exhibitions

2006: 'Important?', Nikol Gallery of Art, Tehran
2004: People, 7Samar Gallery of Art, Tehran
2000: 30 Days in Switzerland, Contemporary Art Museum, Tehran, for the cultural week of Iran and Switzerland
1998: Istanbul from the view of an Iranian Woman photographer, Pimapen Art Gallery, Istanbul
1997: 7Samar Art Gallery, Tehran
1996: Persepolis, Greek Cultural Centre, Tehran
1993: Keyhan Gallery of Art, Tehran .

Key Education Dates:

1987 - 1993 Bsc in Electronic Engineering at AZAD University (TEHRAN)