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Who am I?

My name is Amir and I am a photographer, educator, and content producer that enjoy being a lifetime learner. I got my MFA in Art with concentration in Photography from Penn State, after I explored Architectural Engineering (in my Master’s degree) and Materials Engineering (in my bachelor's degree). While I teach photography as an Assistant Professor of Photography at Austin Peay State University, my curiosity goes well beyond art! In my youtube channel and social media, I enjoy sharing tips and ideas that I've learned through experience or researched. The main theme of the content is about productivity, planning, positivity, finance, money management, and strategies to set the right mindset to stay motivated.

What do I photograph as a fine art photographer?

While most of my photographic work is rooted deeply in my personal life, it also looks outward into people’s life. My work is profoundly affected by my background as a former architect and my mindset as an organized person. Carefully composed straight lines, organized grid layouts, and carefully shaped artworks speak to (and some time shout at) me.

What do I photograph as commercial photographer?

Although I can photograph many categories in photography, as a former architect, I am concentrating on photographing architectural, interior, and real estate photography. I have worked with architects, interior designers, developers, real estate agents. I also have done any projects for artists, art galleries, and art institutions to photograph artworks and gallery installation. On the side I enjoy talking and getting to know my clients so I take corporate headshot on the side.

Am I good at what I do?

I know there is always room to grow! Many of the buildings I photographed for my clients has received architecture awards. I was also fortunate to receive international photography distinctions and awards, from different organizations including Royal Photographic Society, Fédération Internationale de l'Art Photographique, Global Photographic Union, and Photographic Society of America. I keep producing/creating/making new work to show as I've shown my work before in different venues around the world and the US. 

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Selected Education:

  • 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

Selected Occupation:

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

International Photographic Distinctions

  • 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)

Awards - International photography competitions

  • 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

International Photography Salons

  • 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   |

Selected Teaching Experience

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

    • ART 4190 - Photo III (in-person)

    • ART 3690 - Digital Photography (asynchronous & in-person)

    • ART 3590 - Photo II (in-person)

    • ART 2080 - Photo I​ (hybrid & in-person)

    • ART 2090 - Photo I to non-majors (hybrid & in-person)

    • 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

    • PHOTO202 - Fundamentals of Professional Photography​

  • Instructor of Record - School of Visual Arts, Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA: Spring 2018  |   Fall 2018  |   Spring 2019

    • PHOTO202 - Fundamentals of Professional Photography

  • Online Academic Program Assistant (Online Grader) - School of Visual Arts, Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA: Summer 2019

    • ART 001 - ​Introduction to Visual Arts

  • Adjunct Lecture - Architectural Photography, Islamic Azad University of Najafabad, Isfahan, Iran: Fall 2015

  • Adjunct Lecturer- Architecture Practice 1, Amin Institute of Higher Education, Spring 2012

Selected Professional Experience & Leadership

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

  • 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

  • Vice President, Isfahan Photo Club, Isfahan, Iran (2016-2017)

  • Professional Architectural Photographer full-time employed (2015 - 2017) 

  • Professional Architectural/Real Estate Photographer - Freelance for more than 40 clients (Since 2012)

Selected Jury Experiences

  • 7 times of serving on a jury panel or committee for evaluating peers work including :

    • Serving on Two Search Committees for Department of Art and Design, Austin Peay State University, evaluating applications for one tenure-track faculty positions

    • Serving on a Search Committee for Department of Art and Architecture, Pennsylvania State University, evaluating applications for two tenure-track faculty positions​

    • Nouroozgah Cultural photo competition supported by Cultural Heritage, Handcraft and Tourism Organization in Iran

*A detailed CV is availabile upon request

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