Villa Romana

Excerpts from a Lifework

Bahman Jalali is one of the most important figures in contemporary Iranian photography. Born in 1944 in Tehran, he first studied economics and political sciences until he turned his attention to photography while he was still studying. Bahman Jalali worked as a freelance photographer. With his black and white photographs he documented the dramatic political events that took place in his country over the years – the Iranian revolution of 1978-79, the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-88 – as well as the change in urban life and the traditional desert architecture. Until just a few years ago, the work of Bahman Jalali was hardly known beyond the borders of his country.

Bahman Jalali not only left a large photographic record of the history of Iran, he also worked during his lifetime as a collector, historian, researcher and teacher of photography in Iran. He was one of the founders of the first photography museum in his country, started a professorship for photography and worked together with his wife Rana Javadi on the publication of the photography magazine “Aksnameh”. Rana Javadi will be present at the opening of the exhibition and in the following weeks will create her own photographic project in Florence.

The exhibition Excerpts from a Lifework Photography in Iran 1966 – 2010 at Villa Romana exhibits photographs from the “Iranian revolution” (Tehran, 1978-1979), “Desert architecture” (1977 – 1991) and the views of “Tehran” (2007) series.