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Member of the National Iranian Photographers, Society (NIPS)



My career in photography began in 2005 around the time I was attending the Iranian Youth Cinema Society to satiate my passion for photography and filmmaking.  Going to the Iran Broadcasting University, peaked my interest in documentary film making, while I was ameliorating my artistic, technical and historical perspectives on photography.  I continued my work focusing on social documentaries, street photography and urban landscapes in order to meet my fine art and journalistic goals.  Additionally, I conceived of, shot and edited a 27 minute documentary film, "Hard Candy".

I am an award winning and shortlisted photographer whose work has been highlighted at several local and international photo festivals and exhibitions including; Six Weeks of Iranian Art in Canada, Focus Iran Exhibition in Los Angeles, Asahi Shimbun of Japan, Sony World Photography Awards, The 12th Iranian biennial of photography and Fadjr Visual Arts Festival.






I have started a new project focusing on topography in color in June 2015. In this project which is called Yazd, the prominent content is about the city without people.

My home town, Yazd, due to its fast growth and development over the past years, is my target of the photography. In spite of having an old district of mud-brick structure which comprises many historical and precious buildings, Yazd is quickly developing and metamorphosing to a big and industrial city that does not care about its historical background at all. This project is so called behind the scenes of a developing city.

Yazd is the first mud-brick and the second historical city of the world after Venice. This city is a desert city and its historical structure has not changed over time. Yazd historical structure is waiting in the tentative list of UNESCO for being recorded as the world heritage.

The city known as a major human habitat and man known as the most important effective factor with regard to the city. Nonetheless, I am looking for elements that have formed the town and its structure, and at the meantime, represent human presence indirectly. In fact, this project is the identity exploration of the city in its substantial meaning. Although, the city is a large place of human settlement, in my opinion as time is passing, the more the city is developing the more memories have to leave. In other words, city is not loyal to its original structure, and that is why sometimes a building or a part of a city gets demolished to build a new thing, either another building, or a mall, or a highway, etc. Sometimes you will find vacant buildings or ruined urban elements which have abandoned somewhere without any attention, or you may find urban structures which have partly renovated or changed oddly have changed, especially without any architectural review on the first paternity of the building. 


Furthermore, we should not forget about the importance of the architectural identity which is a requisite of culture, science, and society of each era. Old district of Yazd is important because of its enriched historical background, but current changes in the structure of the town will be a part of the history by passing the time, which I can call these changes as renaissance of the present age. The changes are not that much logical or well-studied, though. The importance of this renaissance will be kind of an irony compare to the prominent place of old architectural culture of Iran. A renaissance which is more like an aborting style of architecture. An architecture which has been left to rot. 

I am trying to show such regression which is the result of negligence in integration of architecture styles in this project. It is a topographic take of a past which has interpreted a history today and today which would be a history in the future. Therefore, what will remain of us?

/M. Amin Nadi – June 2016/

A Day Next to Bab al-Jawad Entry

A Day Next to Bab al-Jawad Entry

«یک روز در حوالی باب الجواد»

            پروژه‌ي پيشِ رو، ساعات مشخصي از شبانه‌روز را در نزدیکی «باب الجواد» یکی از ورودی های حرم امام رضا (ع)، از ائمه ی اهل تشیع، واقع در شهر مشهد-ایران، به‌تصوير كشيده‌ است. هر تصویر ترکیب چندین فریم عکس می باشد که در يك بازه‌ي زمانی 30 دقيقه‌اي از رفت‌و‌آمدِ مردم، و با انتخاب كاراكتري مشخص از بين این افراد، ثبت شده اند. این کاراکتر ها، فعاليتي مرتبط با داخل يا اطراف حرم داشته و به‌شكل مصاحبه‌اي، از فعاليت و وضع حال خود گفته‌اند كه در زيرنويسِ هر عكس نقل‌قول شده است.

زیرنویس ها:
01. حوالی ساعت 11 صبح، اندکی مانده به اذان ظهر؛ «این گل ها رو می بریم باغچه های این اطراف بکاریم». 
02. حوالی ساعت 2 بعد از ظهر؛ «میرم که برسم به مجلس وعظ و پاسخ به سوالات شرعی زوار». 
03. حوالی ساعت 5 بعد از ظهر، اندکی مانده به اذان مغرب؛ «اینجا رو قراره بکنیم لوله گذاری کنیم». 
04. حوالی ساعت 8 شب؛ «من نگهبانم همین جا. نگهبان محوطه.» 
05. حوالی ساعت 3 نیمه شب، اندکی مانده به اذان صبح؛ «جلوی باب الرضا پارچه فروشی دارم، الآنم دارم میرم واسه صلات صبح». 
06. حوالی ساعت 6 صبح، طلوع آفتاب؛ «از پرسنل حراست حرم هستم، خادم اینجام. شیفتم تموم شده، میرم منزل؛ کی به شما مجوز داده برای عکاسی؟».

/م. امین نادی - دی 1392/

Muharram Charity Food Preparation Rituals

Muharram Charity Food Preparation Rituals


         These photographs, taken over the last five years, are focused on people involved in Muharram charity food preparation rituals, in various places in Iran.  Muharram is an Islamic month during which Iranian Shias gather together to practice religious mourning rituals for one of their Imams (Imam Hussain).  At the same time, charity food preparation rituals take place and people gather to prepare, stir, cook and distribute food. Photographs were taken in Tehran, Yazd and Larestan (Fars), Iran.

/M. Amin Nadi – October 2014/


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