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Hi! My name is Amir and I am the owner and photographer of Amir Aghareb LLC.


I'm a university photography professor and a former architectural designer with more than 11 years of experience in architecture, design, and hospitality photography


I received a Master of Fine Art with a concentration in Photography from Penn State after getting a Master's degree in Architectural Engineering. I am currently a photography professor at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee, where I teach a variety of classes such as Studio Lighting, Darkroom, and Advanced Photography.


I was fortunate to exhibit my photos worldwide and to receive 30 international awards in 23 countries such as the USA, UK, France, Italy, Ukraine, Germany, Hong Kong, Russia, Switzerland, Sweden, China, and Argentina. My fine art and commercial architectural photos have been widely published. I was also fortunate to receive international photography distinctions from many organizations including the Royal Photographic Society (England), the International Federation of Photographic Art (Belgium), the Global Photographic Union, and the Photographic Society of America. 

My limited liability photography company is registered in Tennessee, but I take on architecture, design, and hospitality photography/videography as well as Art-related documentation projects nationally and internationally.


What do I do as a fine art photographer?

I enjoy taking carefully composed 2D conventional photographs as well as non-conventional work that pushes the usual definition of the medium. Illuminated encapsulated photographs in translucent cubic frames, laser-etched tea-toned cyanotypes of photographs taken by cellphone, heavily composited photographs that question the trustworthiness of a photograph, and works that occupy the space rather than just a part of the wall are some examples of my fine art work.​


  • Master of Fine Arts – Art (Photography), School of Visual Arts, Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA, May 2019

  • Master of Architectural Engineering, Art University of Isfahan, Iran 2013


  • Assistant Professor of Art and Design - PhotographyDepartment of Art + Design, Austin Peay State University, TN, USA

  • Owner and Photographer, Amir Aghareb LLC, TN, USA


  • ARPS Associate of Royal Photographic Society (RPS), UK

  • PPSA ROPA distinction, Awarded by Photographic Society of America (PSA)​

  • BPSA portfolio distinction, Awarded by Photographic Society of America (PSA)​

  • QPSA ROPA distinction, Awarded by Photographic Society of America (PSA)​

  • AFIAP (Artist FIAP) distinction, Awarded by Fédération Internationale de l'Art Photographique (AFIAP)

  • C MoL distinction, Awarded by Master of Light Photographic Association (MoL)​

  • GPU CR2 (GPU Crown 2) distinction, Awarded by Global Photographic Union (GPU)

  • GPU Aphrodite portfolio achievement distinction, Awarded by Global Photographic Union (GPU)


  • 6 Gold medals - France  |   USA  |   Montenegro   |   Vietnam  |   Serbia

  • 3 Silver Medals - Serilanka  |   Iran  |   India

  • 1 Bronze Medal - Montenegro

  • 5 Merit Award - Italy  |   Singapore  |   Hong Kong

  • 2 Diploma Award - UK   |   Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • 14 Honorable Mention - Serbia  |   Montenegro  |   India  |   Seri Lanka  |   Singapore  |   Ireland  |   Ukraine  |   Vietnam  |   Czech Republic


  • More than 500 acceptances in international photography solons from about 125 different jury panels in more than 34 countries:

Albania    |   Argentina    |   Australia    |   Bangladesh   |   Bosnia and Herzegovina   |   Bulgaria   |   China   |   Czech Republic   |   Cyprus   | Ecuador   |   France   |   Germany   |   Hong Kong   |   Italy   |   Ireland   |   Iran   |   India   |   Indonesia   |   Montenegro   |   Portugal   |   Russia   | Serbia   |   Singapore   |   South Africa   |    Sri Lanka   |    Switzerland   |   Sweden    |   Thailand   |    Turkey   |      Taiwan   |   Ukraine   |   UK   | USA   |   Vietnam   |


  • Assistant Professor of Art and Design - PhotographyDepartment of Art + Design, Austin Peay State University, TN, USA: Since Fall 2020

    • ART 4190 - Advanced Photography (used to be called Photo III)

    • ART 3690 - Digital Photography

    • ART 3590 - Photo Studio Lighting  (used to be called Photo II)

    • ART 3195 - Darkroom Photography

    • ART 2080 - Photography I​ 

    • ART 2090 - Photo for Non-Majors 

    • ART 1035 - Intro to Art (asynchronous)

  • Adjunct Lecturer, Studio Art,  School of Visual Arts, Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA:  Fall 2019  |  Spring 2020

    • PHOTO 101 - Culture of Photography

    • PHOTO 202 - Fundamentals of Professional Photography​


  • TN Membership Director, Photographic Society of America, Since Jan 2021–Dec 2022

  • Gallery Coordinator, The Edwin W. Zoller Gallery (Part-Time), Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA, Spring 2020

  • Gallery Programming Assistant, Woskob Family Gallery (Part-Time), May 2019 to present

  • Co-adviser/Curator, Humpday Gallery, Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA, Apr. 2018 to May 2019

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