Mohsen Rastani (1958) was born in Khoramshahr, Iran, and lives and works in Tehran.

1987 B.A. in Photography at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Tehran 

Mohsen Rastani is an Iranian photographer, photojournalist and documentary filmmaker well-known for his square, black and white photographs of ordinary people, soldiers and families put against a white background in their own environment and in their usual outfits. He started his career as a photographer during the war in Yougoslavia in 1982. Ever since, he has covered the Iran–Iraq War, the Lebanese Civil War in the late 1980s and the Bosnian War in the 1990s. Rastani was one of the four Iranian artists elected to represent the country at the Venice Biennale in 2011.

“The white backdrop is almost as important to these photographs as the people that appear against it. The backdrop, he says, “isolates people better in our minds, so they become eternal … like myths, carved images on the stone walls of Persepolis.”



Opening Up: Nine Artist from Iran, Francis Boeske Projects, Amsterdam, The            Netherlands 


Unedited History: Iran 1960 - 2014 MAXXI Museum of Rome, Italy

Unedited History: Iran 1960 - 2014 Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France


Venice Biennale, National Participants for Iran, Venice, Italy 

SOCIAL (representing gallery)