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Photography Exhibition - Document: Iranian-Americans In Los Angeles

Cristina-Freeman-iOpens Sunday June 6 to August 22, 2010
Fowler Museum, Los Angles

From October 2009 through January 2010, four documentary photographers – Farhad Parsa, Arash Saedinia, Parisa Taghizadeh, and Ramin Talaie focused their lenses on second-generation Iranian-Americans of Los Angeles, the world’s largest population of expatriate Iranians.

Fowler Museum
Goldenberg Galleria
UCLA’s north campus

This Galleria exhibition offers a selection of engaging images by each of these photographers considering the everyday lives of their subjects. It also addresses the processes of documentation and how they relate to the photographers’ understandings of their own hyphenated Iranian identities.

Farhad Parsa received a bachelor of fine arts degree in photography and film production from the California College of the Arts in 2000. In 2007, he released his first photography book, “Cue the Strings,” filled with 10 years of photographs exploring the people and events that shaped his life. Also in 2007, he began “1234 NYC,” a 10-year project focusing on 40 New Yorkers, including students, small-business owners and workers in creative industries.

Photographer: Farhad Parsa   Subject: Shahab Sharifian, USC freshman and author of A Cell's Opportunity, holding a family photo from his childhood   January 2010

Photographer: Farhad Parsa --- Subject: Shahab Sharifian, USC freshman and author of A Cell's Opportunity, holding a family photo from his childhood. January 2010

Photographer: Farhad Parsa ---  Subject: Cristina Freeman, mother and homemaker born to a Swedish mother and Iranian father. --- January 2010

Photographer: Farhad Parsa --- Subject: Cristina Freeman, mother and homemaker born to a Swedish mother and Iranian father. January 2010

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Arash Saedinia was born in Esfahan, Iran, and raised in Los Angeles. He earned a bachelor’s degree in peace and conflict studies and political science from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s degree in English from California State University, Northridge, and a law degree from Harvard University. He is an artist and educator.

Photographer: Arash Saedinia --- Subject: Maryam Mottahedeh, poet ---  January 2010

Photographer: Arash Saedinia --- Subject: Maryam Mottahedeh, poet. January 2010

Photographer: Arash Saedinia --- Subject: Ashkan Ghavami, Beverly Hills plastic surgeon --- January 2010

Photographer: Arash Saedinia --- Subject: Ashkan Ghavami, Beverly Hills plastic surgeon. January 2010

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Parisa Taghizadeh is a freelance photographer based in Los Angeles. She grew up in London, where she completed an honors bachelor’s degree in fine art and went on to work in film and television. She has worked as a photographer for arts organizations such as Artangel and the Serpentine Gallery and on numerous films and documentaries, including Michael Winterbottom’s “In This World.” Taghizadeh’s work deals with personal and cultural identity, as in “Make-Up, Iran,” a long-term project dealing with women living in Iran and their relationship to makeup and its rituals. She is also working on “Mother,” a series of portraits of mothers without their children.

Photographer: Parisa Taghizadeh --- Subjects: Reza and Sina Foroughi, brothers attending Iran Heritage Night at the Clippers game, Staples Center. --- November 2009

Photographer: Parisa Taghizadeh --- Subjects: Reza and Sina Foroughi, brothers attending Iran Heritage Night at the Clippers game, Staples Center. November 2009

Photographer: Parisa Taghizadeh

Photographer: Parisa Taghizadeh

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Ramin Talaie is a documentary photojournalist whose work has ranged from everyday portraiture in the streets of New York to AIDS-infected and chemical-dependent prisoners in a dilapidated treatment facility in Tehran. Talaie has covered various presidential campaigns, including the 2008 election of Barack Obama and the 2009 contested elections in Iran, which precipitated deadly protests and demonstrations. He is the founding editor of Document Iran Images, a news and stock photo agency based in New York City.

PhotographerL Ramin Talaie --- Subject: Beeta Baghoolizadeh, UCLA senior, Muslim, and President of the largest Iranian student organization in the country: the UCLA Iranian Student Group (ISG) . --- November 2009

Photographer: Ramin Talaie --- Subject: Beeta Baghoolizadeh, UCLA senior, Muslim, and President of the largest Iranian student organization in the country: the UCLA Iranian Student Group (ISG) . November 2009

Photographer: Ramin Talaie --- Subject: Justin Mashouf, born to an Iranian father and American mother, is a filmmaker, b-boy, and practicing Muslim, married to an Iranian-American. --- November 2009

Photographer: Ramin Talaie --- Subject: Justin Mashouf, born to an Iranian father and American mother, is a filmmaker, b-boy, and practicing Muslim, married to an Iranian-American. November 2009

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Opening Day Programs, noon – 6PM

A panel of scholars will discuss issues relating to the Iranian diaspora and visual anthropology. Next, exhibition curator Amy Malek will be joined by the four documentary photographers whose work is featured in the exhibition — Farhad Parsa, Arash Saedinia, Parisa Taghizadeh and Ramin Talaie — who will discuss their experiences documenting the everyday lives of second-generation Iranian Americans in Los Angeles. A gallery tour with Malek and a reception follow. Please check www.fowler.ucla.edu for a detailed schedule.

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