I got interested in photography at the age of 17. The main focus of my work is to create visual records of the society around me. I do not do this by taking one-off pictures, but by taking series of images that have a narrative and tell the totality of a story. My role is that of a story teller who observes and through images tries to touch the heart of his audience, to make his audience see things that might otherwise escape their attention. My work is a narrative within which I try to capture the depth of the interactions of an ancient and dynamic society on the move.
Born in 1972, Shiraz (IR)
Graphic Design, Shahid Rajaei University, Tehran (IR)
Photography, LCC University, London (UK)
2013 Modernity of Tradition, Richard Young Gallery, London (UK)
2012 Iranian Perspectives, Richard Young Gallery, London (UK)
2010 A Positive View, Somerset House, London (UK)
2009 Transit Tehran, London School of Economics, London (UK)
2009 30 Years of Iranian Documentary Photography, Paris (FR)
2007 1st Thessaloniki Biennial of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (GR)
2005 Five Iranian Photographers, N Gallery, Tbilisi (GA)
2004 Resistance, Chobi Mela 3, Dhaka (BD)
2004 Musulmanes, Musulmans au Caire, a Teheran, Istanbul, Paris, Dakar, Parc de la Villette, Pavillon Paul Delouvrier, Paris (FR)
2003 12 Photographic Journeys - Iran in the 21st Century, Brunei Gallery, London (UK)
2007 Iranian Documentary Photography Award, First prize, Tehran (IR)
2005 Ship & Sea Award, First prize, Tehran (IR)
2005 Kaveh Golestan's Photo Journalism Award, First prize, Tehran (IR)
2004 Kaveh Golestan's Photo Journalism Award, First prize, Tehran (IR)
2003 Janbaz Festival Award, First prize, Tehran (IR)
2002 Iranian Photographer's Center Award, First prize, Tehran (IR)
2002 Janbaz Festival Award, Third prize, Tehran (IR)
1999 Karvean-e-shohada Award, Third prize, Tehran (IR)
1997 Annual Iranian Documentary Photography Competition - Photo essay section, First prize, Tehran (IR)
1997 Festival of the Iranian Young Cinema Society Award, Second prize, Tehran (IR)
1996 Festival of the Iranian Young Cinema Society Award, Second prize, Tehran (IR)
1995 Fajr Award, First prize, Tehran (IR)
1995 Annual Iranian Documentary Photography Competition - Photo essay section, First prize, Tehran (IR)
1995 Festival of the Iranian Young Cinema Society Award, Second prize, Tehran (IR)
1993 Festival of the Iranian Young Cinema Society Award, First prize, Tehran (IR)
1991 Festival of the Iranian Young Cinema Society Award, First prize, Tehran (IR)
Published in (books)
2011 Omid Salehi: A Photographer's Journey Through Iran, Beyond Art Publications, London (UK)
2010 Omid Salehi – Cheshm (Eye) Series, Mahriz Publication, Tehran (IR)
2009 Transit Tehran, Garnet Publishing, Reading (UK)
2008 Iranian Photography Now, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern (DE)
2003 12 Photographic Journeys - Iran in the 21st Century, Silk Road Gallery, Tehran (IR)
Published in (periodicals)
2011 Journal3, London (UK)
2010 Lettre International, Berlin (DE)
2010 Rolling Stone Magazine, New York City (NY-USA)
2005 Fingerprint, Tbilisi (GA)
2005 Private - International Review of Photographs, Saint-Brissons (FR)
2003 British Journal of Photography, London (UK)
2002 Foto, Hamburg (DE)
Omid served as photo correspondent for several international news agencies
2010 Focus (DE)
2009 Agence France Press (FR)
2007 Focus (DE)
2006 Cultural Heritage News (IR)
In this booklet I’m going to share the conversations I had with my landlord over 5 months. Dealing with him showed me the real life in the UK. Not the one that you read in books or see in movies. An unofficial but true experience.
This video shows my passport picture. And it depicts how irritated i get when I am at a passport control and get bombarded and interrogated with thousands of un-related questions.
This work compares a child's exciting attempts to acquire fundamental skills to my own struggles with learning basic necessities to cope with the new world.
Here, the cliché of James Bond, shot in London, resonates with the question about migrants’ labour and their everyday life.
In this video I wanted to show the complicated network of power relationships that an ordinary migrant falls into when s/he comes to the west.
Sound & Photography
A close look at Soho brothels: "Their rooms were colourful and intimate — yet still the scenes of rough, cold sadness."
A blend of my life in Iran and Britain depicted in a virtual trip by Google Maps.
"Being a child on the front line, surrounded by a heavy military presence, was surreal. Like many teenage recruits there, I didn’t fear the war..."
A group video installation about censorship: this project was inspired by a small collection of unfinished Michelangelo paintings, on display at the National Gallery.
A self-narrative about the quest to find a new home.
Facebook stories of the Iranian diaspora.
While many people immigrate their roots remain untouched. This project is about people who have a fractured live torn from their loved ones.
A journey into the last days of a most courageous girl, who fought her brain tumour, right to the end.
Walking along any street, there’s a chance of an eye watching you from behind a two-way mirror, or a doorbell camera. All of a sudden your privacy is gone.
The lives of truck drivers are hard: they long for homeliness — which they try to create through images of celebrities, and verses from the Quran, etc.
Many people pose in front of these, clearly unrealistic collages of the Imam Reza Shrine, as a souvenir of their pilgrimage.
A journey to south of Iran where sugar cane workers burn the canes before harvesting them. They cut the cane with a sharp sickle and frequently injure themselves.
A dancer who was prisoned for two years after the Islamic Revolution founded a private dance after she was freed.
An after effect of Iran-Iraq war the was portrayed in the life of a soldier who spent his last 18 years of life in a coma.
A glimpse of a cleric's daily life in Iran who was the religious teacher of young "Talebs" (students).
"Champion mother" was tattooed on Bahram's arm. A street boy who was forced to go to the streets and perform acrobatic techniques to provide for the family.
She takes the boat all the way into the heart of the sea, sits quietly in her boat, she pulls up her net and takes her daily ration.
These homeless children in Shush Square, one of the most deprived regions in Tehran, snatched watermelons from moving vans.
Vaccination was my first series from 1990, when I was still 17. Its concept and mission were to showcase children’s pain, via their mothers’ faces.
Iranian men must spend two years to fulfill the compulsory military service and they have stories to tell for the rest of their lives.
The life of mentally ill in Salami Village in Shiraz. Some patients died because of infections caused by eating their own faeces.
All images Copyright © Omid Salehi