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Who are you?
My name is Peyman Naderi, and I am a contemporary Persian ﬁne art and portrait photographer. I am a self-taught photographer who started his ﬁrst professional projects in the year 2013. As I began my career as a professional photographer, my ﬁrst moto was to create original and creative photos through which my own perceptions of the world and art could be understood. Also, I am eager to represent a unique way of looking to various concepts in the world.
My ﬁrst experience as a subject of portrait photography was quite funny though. I remember that I was only six years old, and I was terriﬁed by seeing various equipment and cameras. Trying to make me calmer, the photographer gave me a toy camera to play with while sitting on the chair. This memory, somehow, triggered my curiosity and interest in this art. I bought my ﬁrst camera years later, in 2010, and started to take photos of my friends and family members. The more I got engaged in this art, the more I found out about my artistic talents and the passion I have for photography. I remember that I used to go to a burnt cotton factory located on the outskirt of Tehran, my hometown. Although the ﬁre had ruined almost everything in the factory, a small hall with a high ceiling and golden walls was left intact. When I ﬁrst entered this building, seeing this magniﬁcent scenery inside a totally destroyed and abandoned building took my breath away and provoked my ﬁrst ﬁne art ideas inside me. As I started my ﬁrst project, I used to go to this place every day to try diﬀerent photography techniques and become master in them.
Then, I started studio photography to learn about various lighting techniques. I tried to include my own ideas and perceptions here, and manipulate the lighting based on my perceptions and concepts. Winning the silver medal in the Victor Polynsky competition for one of my photos called Oblivion, further increased my self-conﬁdence and my persistence in photography. In the years after that, I won several awards in many competitions like Moscow International Foto Awards, Chromatic Awards, ND Awards, Tokyo International Foto Awards, PX3 and IPA, and I had my works published in various international magazines like Harper’s Bazaar.
“Concept” is one of the most important parts of my photography projects, and I try to spend enough time and energy on ﬁnding the right concept. To create and discover the right idea I usually listen to classical music during my free time or at nights. Such high-quality music can inspire me and help me to concentrate on ﬁnding ways to present the world in ways that I see. Besides, the colors that I use in my photos create the illusion of a painting, and, hence, most people usually mistake my works as paintings.
What are you working on at the moment?
Right now, I'm working on two editorial conceptual projects; one takes place in rococo's age, a short period of baroque, presenting "the fight with that luxury-oriented time" and the other one is about “Misogyny". By referring to very old paintings and searching for helpful elements in museums, I tried to be as accurate as I could. We built masks to use as muzzles that were uncommonly used against women to show how misogyny was like, in those days. Personally, this project was very different for me than my other works, yet so precious.
How would you describe your work in 2 words?
Who are your biggest influences in the industry?
Jan Saudek, he is considered a leading Czech photographer, best known for his depictions of nudes and youthful figures arranged in dreamlike spaces. His compositions evoke the dramatic tableaus of early photography, with subjects artificially posed in front of the viewer.
What was the last thing that inspired you?
listening to music and looking at paintings have always helped me to show a different and better point of view via taking pictures. just awhile ago, I saw some surrealistic paintings which became my muse. after finding my muse, I try to nurture my ideas into ,somehow, more completed version of themselves, then I try to improve my mood-board and statement using my imagination and I work with the most completed version of my idea to achieve my goals in the project.
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