EDUCATION

MFA in Intermedia and Digital Arts, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD (expected May 2017)

GPA: 3.84

BA in Photography, Department of Visual Arts, Tehran University of Art, Tehran, Iran (June 2012)

 

SKILLS SUMMARY

  • Three years’ experience as the studio portrait and fashion photographer
  • Experience in documentary, commercial, photojournalism, sport, and nature photography
  • Specialization in conceptual photography mostly with the themes of “identity,” “vulnerability,” and “immigration”
  • Experienced in making stop motion animated movie using photography
  • Computer Software: Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Lightroom), Dragonframe, and Max 7
  • Equipment skills: view camera, digital & film camera (SLR & medium format), pinhole
  • Extensive experience in classic and conceptual lighting and determining exposure
  • Printing knowledge, black & white and color chemical processes
  • HDR photography
  • Skilled in multimedia, installation, and interactive art
  • Diploma in Graphic Design, Fine Arts school, Isfahan, Iran (June 2005)
  • Languages: Persian (native), Arabic (basic)

 

ARTISTIC EXPERIENCE

“Naftoon” MFA Thesis Project, Artist, (expected April 2017)

  • Create a multimedia art project: installation integrating photo, video, audio, and animation representing the essential role of oil in Iranian society

Visual Arts Department at UMBC, Instructor, Aug – Dec 2016

Visual Concepts II: Camera Vision

  • Taught the basics of creating still images via a camera
  • Covered the formal and technical issues connected to camera operation, two-dimensional design, lighting, framing, and the chemistry of photography
  • Introduced Adobe Photoshop as a tool for manipulating images
  • Emphasized on the ability of students to think critically about images and develop a vocabulary for talking about images

Private Portrait Studio, Owner, May 2011 – Jun 2014

  • Founded my portrait and lighting photography studio, serving 50+ clients
  • Shot individual, family, child, and wedding portraits

Contemporary Art Review Institute, Analyzer, Oct – Dec 2009

  • Critically reviewed of the painting, photography and illustration exhibitions

Chapar Graphic Institute, Graphic Design Intern, Jun – Aug 2005

  • Designed business cards, company logos, and text for advertising

 

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE

Imaging Research Center (IRC), Graduate Assistant, Jan 2017 – Present

  • Engage in a cross-disciplinary and collaboratively charged environment involving the geographical and social infrastructural researches through the “Art of Transformation” project

Computer Lab at UMBC Department of Visual Arts, Graduate Assistant, Aug 2015 – Present

  • Manage computer installation and updates
  • Execute all aspects of large-scale printing orders for arts students
  • Use imaging software such as Photoshop and Light Room to prepare images for printing process

Print Media Labs at UMBC Department of Visual Arts, Graduate Assistant, Aug 2015 – June 2016

  • Ran the daily operations and services including technical and material aspects of print-based practices

Common Vision at UMBC, Graduate Assistant, Aug 2014 – June 2015

  • Executed both digital laser prints and wide format inkjet prints
  • Made high impact and full color printing of posters, signs, and banners

Photo Lab at UMBC Department of Visual Arts, Graduate Assistant, Aug 2014 – June 2015

  • Executed all aspects of large-scale printing orders for arts students
  • Used imaging software such as Photoshop and Light Room to prepare images for printing process
  • Managed equipment rentals to students in Photo Cage

 

SELECTED EXHIBITON

Group

  • Naftoon, Center for Art Design and Visual Cultures, UMBC, Baltimore, United States: Spring 2017 (upcoming)
  • Portrait Photography Exhibition, University of Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran: Summer 2011
  • Selected for the 9th “Image of Year festival”, Tehran, Iran: Winter 2011
  • Selected for the 8th “Image of Year festival”, Tehran, Iran: Winter 2010
  • Architecture Photography Exhibition, University of Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran: Winter 2010
  • Color Photography Exhibition, University of Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran: Summer 2009
  • Selected for Fashion Photo Exhibition, Laleh Gallery, Tehran, Iran: Fall 2008

Solo

  • Newborns BA thesis show, University of Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran: Spring 2012

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Selected as the UMBC’s exceptional new graduates in the class of 2017 website http://news.umbc.edu/iranian-artist/
    • Each year, UMBC features some of its best and brightest graduates on the annual “Class of” website, the students whose experience at UMBC exemplifies the mission and vision of the institution
  • Archibald Rogers and Francis Taliaferro Fellowship Award (RTKL) Dec 2015
    • RTKL Fellows are among a select group of distinguished Intermedia and Digital Arts graduate students and alumni who have demonstrated creative and scholarly excellence while at UMBC, and in their careers since
  • Admitted to University of Maryland Baltimore County in MFA program
  • Honorary diploma in sport photography, Image of the Year, Tehran, Iran: Winter 2010
  • Selected as an outstanding student in all semesters 2008 – 2012
  • Admitted to Tehran University of Art (2007)
    • Tehran University of Art is the highly selective top-ranked art institution in the country
  • Ranked 80th among more than 30,000 participants in annual nationwide universities entrance exam (Konkoor), 2007
  • Honorary award in student film photography, Isfahan, Iran: Spring 2006
  • Member of the National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents (2000-2002)