Who am I?

My name is Amir! I am an awarded photographer, strict professor, and hobbyist content producer that enjoys being a lifetime learner. I got my MFA in Art with a concentration in Photography from Penn State, after having explored Architectural Engineering and Materials Engineering. I am currently the Professor of Photography in the Department of Art and Design at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee.

What do I photograph 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. I also love the commercial side of photography!

My recent work is about physical spaces; I explore the similarities and differences one is exposed to when being relocated. The work is also about finding peace, where one can extend their imagination and place themselves wherever they desire. It is about looking high above when surrounded by unfamiliarity. As the Persian poet Sohrâb Sepehrî said: “No matter where I am, the sky is [still] mine”.

What do I photograph as a commercial photographer?

Although I have been commissioned to do different types of photography, as a former architect, I mostly accept architectural, interior, and real estate photography. also, I love working with artists, art galleries, and art institutions to photograph their artworks and gallery installations. On the side, I take corporate headshot because I enjoy talking and getting to know people.

What do make as a content creator?

I love photography, but my curiosity goes well beyond art! I enjoy making content to share what I learn through experience or researched. The topics of the videos I make are about productivity, planning, positivity, finance, money management, and strategies to set the right mindset to stay motivated. I share these videos on different platforms including, YouTube, Instagram and TikTok,

Am I good at what I do?

I have exhibited my photos nationally and internationally and have received many awards. My fine art and commercial architectural photos have been widely published. Many of the buildings I photographed for my clients has received architecture awards. I was also fortunate to receive international photography distinctions from different organizations including Royal Photographic Society (England), the International Federation of Photographic Art (Belgium), Global Photographic Union, and Photographic Society of America. 

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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 - Advanced Photography (used to be called Photo III)

    • ART 3690 - Digital Photography

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

    • ART 2080 - Photo I​ 

    • ART 2090 - Photo I to 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

    • 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 :

    • Served on International Photography Award with Exhibition for Sare Are Gallery, Mosco, Russia

    • 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

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