My life is my message
Not all those who wander are lost
Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.
Photography is the story
I fail to put into words.
Pooyan Tabatabaei is an Iranian-Canadian Award-Wining Visual Storyteller, which has produced images of conflict and humanitarian crisis that have made headlines around the world. Pooyan lives between Tehran and Toronto.
Pooyan’s passion for his profession has taken him around the globe, and since 1998 he has documented the lives of many incredible and unique people of different cultures, religions, beliefs, and value systems.
His images, which focus on cultural matters, and raising awareness for human rights, have been published by magazines and dailies such as: Time Magazine, Toronto Star, Panorama, BBC, CBC, Polaris, and NVP. His work has appeared in the journalism industry as a result of prestigious local and international awards, namely the Magnum Foundation Scholarship & fellowship, Pulitzer Center Fund, and 2 times the journalist of the year award from the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada.
Pooyan has witnessed conflicts and news-breaking events around the Globe such as Libya, Iran, Egypt, and India.
Born in Tehran, Tabatabaei has formalized his training through programs at the Ershad University, in Management, Ontario College of Art and Design University, University of New York, Tisch School of Arts, with a specialization in Human Rights Photography, and Whistling Woods University in India (with a focus in Cinema). He received the full scholarship to become a Magnum Foundation fellow in Social justice photography platform(2012), and studied 8 months of Masterclass and mentorship with VII photo Agency (2019 -2020).
By reflecting the true image of his subjects, his photographs aim to capture the essence of the persons in such a way that he hopes will impact the lives of those who see his photographs, and provoke the same impact as he felt whilst capturing the foresaid images.
- Conflict Photography
- Editorial Photography
- Documentary Photography
- Photo Studio
- Action Photography
- Time Magazine
- Toronto Star