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Born in Iran in 1978, Mehrdad Naraghi Studied in Sharif University of Technology. His enthusiasm for photography motivated him to complete courses in it and shift his focus from engineering. He exhibits regularly in Tehran and has taken part in many group exhibitions internationally, including Grand Prix de la Decouverte 2013 (Le Salon de la Photo, Paris), 165 years of Iranian photography (Musée du Quai Branly, Paris) and That Shimmering beast (The Empty Quarter Gallery, Dubai). He also made new experiences to work on his project in Japan as part of a residency program supported by Musée du Quai Branly in Paris. In addition, his works have been published in magazines and books, including Different Sames: New perspectives in Iranian Contemporary Art, Connaissance des Arts (No 21) and La photographie iranienne, (Un regard sur la creation contemporaine en Iran).


Exhibitions & Art Events


  • 2015: The City, Ag Galerie, Tehran, Iran
  • 2012: The Fairyland, Silk Road Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
  • 2009: The House, Silk Road Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
  • 2007: Cars, Silk Road Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran


  • 2015: Crisis of History #3 - Beyond History, curated by Robert Kluiver and Elham Puryamehr, Framer Framed, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2014: Contemporary Iranian Photography, The Fine Arts Gallery of California State University, Los Angeles, USA
  • 2010: That Shimmering Beast, The Empty Quarter Gallery, Dubai, UAE
  • 2009: 165 Years of Iranian Photography, Musée du quai Branly, Paris, France
  • 2005: Photography Exhibition, Silk Road Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran


  • 2015: Unseen Photo Fair, Ag Galerie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2014: Daily Farm (Video Art Exhibition on the new silk road), Xinjiang, China
  • 2014: FORMAT International Photography Festival, Present Perfect, Derby, England
  • 2010: Abu Dhabi Art, 2010, UAE
  • 2010: The House: Outdoor projection, Renegade Group, Art in Open Spaces, Gorizia & Trieste, Italy

Awards & Fellowships


  • 2014-2015: Resident of Muse de quai Branly, Paris Photography Project: Japanese Garden, Tokyo-Kyoto
  • 2013-2014: Resident of Rybon Art Exchange Program, Iran-China, Tehran-Chongqing, Rybon Art Center Organ Hause Art Space of China
  • 2013: Finalist, International Fine Art Photography Award, Grand Prix de la Decouverte 2013, Paris, France
  • 2011: Finalist, Galley Huite Photography Open Salon 2011, Arles, France
  • 2009: 3rd place prize, Human Habitation, Young Artists’ Competition, on the occasion of the World Habitat Day, London, England
  • 2007: Finalist, 1st Photo Quai The Biennial of the Images of the World, Musée du quai Branly, Paris, France
  • 2004: Finalist, Majdanek 2004, VII International Art Triennial, Lublin, Poland


> 2013, Bibliotheque National de France, Paris 

The City

The City

My city is one ravaged by the storms, an unrecognizable city, with undefined inhabitants concealed within its greyness. Dazed and confused, with gaping mouths amd struggling to breathe. Uncorned but for a smile at anothher's misery.

Neither breaths sighed return to be breahted nor are desires fulfilled; greyness overwhelms. My city is the endless rule of grey.

Mehrdad Naraghi
Tehran, 2015

The Fairyland

The Fairyland


The fairyland calls upon us,
Among the trees that stand still
Only to be viewed as symbols.
At a place where everything and anything is possible to be seen
A miracle raised from a dazzling light
Peeping through the amorphous leaves.
Inside a mysterious gloom where no decoding is expected

In this land,
In this fairyland
Far beyond the bitter logic of time,
Far beyond our unchosen land of birth,
Far beyond the past grieves and future anxieties,
Safe from the games that life ceaselessly plays upon us,
Every minute, every second…
A reflection of our childhood stories
A return to them
No! Not the hapless ones
Not those that drown us in pain…

We then gladly enter the gate of this fairyland.
If only our feet is not too glued to this earth.
We will then either be puzzled, gazing and waiting for a magic that has long been expected…
Or sleep in the meadows
A step toward eternal peace,
An eternal rest.

Mehrdad Naraghi

The House

The House


The sense of emptiness of a house whose occupants have departed is somehow striking for me. There is a profound feeling -somewhat- strange about the abandoned houses. Most of the time there is a sad story behind it; forced immigration, need for money, grown children who have left or even death.

We can feel it through the remains which occupy a place here and there. The things that have been forgotten or ignored to be taken along seem useless now. In addition there are objects with memories which were left intentionally untouched so as to be forgotten or maybe left to be part of a history.

Time plays the main role for this abandonment. The pictures of large gatherings, child's birthdays, wedding parties and ... are covered with dust and left on the drawer. Yes these are all reminders that time is passing.

Live memories of moments have continued their life and have led us to an essential question. Which one is more real, a person who was sitting on the arm chair and has been recorded in my mind or the empty chair?

It's left for me to believe that its typical characteristic of human existence which we can feel, hear and smell even in absence.

Mehrdad Naraghi



Fog & Darkness

Fog & Darkness