Bahman Jalali

born 1945 in Teheran

Bahman Jalali died on January 15, 2010. He had already made his choice of photographs for the exhibition at the Villa Romana. His wife Rana Javadi was guest artist at Villa Romana in June and July 2010.


Bahman Jalali was a self-taught photographer. In 1974, he followed his studies in economics with a two-year working stay in England, where he joined the Royal Society of Photographers. From 1976 to 1991, he was the director of the photography department at Sourosh Press and from 1997 to 2000, he worked as a founding member, advisor and curator of the first photography museum in Iran, Aks Khaneh Shahr. Since 1999, Bahman Jalali has also been a member of the editorial board of Aksnameh, a quarterly photography magazine. As well as teaching at Iranian universities, which he has been doing for more than 25 years, he is also sought-after as a judging panel member for various photography competitions in Iran and abroad. His own works have been shown in many national and international exhibitions. In 2009, he was awarded the Spectrum photography prize of the Foundation of Lower Saxony and, in 2011, the Sprengel Museum in Hanover

Solo Exhibitions

Completed, Anna Molska & Wojtek Bakowski,Kunstverein, Freiburg, DE
The Weavers, Broadway 1602, New York
The Weavers, Kronika Gallery, Bytom, PL
The Weavers, Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warschau

Galeria Arsenal, Białystok, PL

Group Exhibitions

Counter Logic, Cooper Gallery, Dundee, UK
The Views, Deutsche Bank Competition, Zacheta, National Gallery of Art, Warsaw
Report on Probability, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel
The Death of Audience, Wiener Secession, Vienna
TAKE A LOOK AT ME NOW, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, UK
The Generational: Younger Than Jesus, New Museum, New York
Bivouac, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, USA
A!, Galeria Arsenal, Poznan, PL

Ain’t No Sorry, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw
5. Berlin Biennale, Berlin
Chosen/Wybrancy, Digital Art Lab, Holon -Tel Aviv; Instytut Sztuki Wyspa, Gdansk, PL
Paso Doble, Split, CR
Photography, BWA Zielona Gora, PL

Variants, Zacheta, National Gallery of Art, Warsaw
Biopower, c2c Gallery, Prague
Samsung Art Master 4, Center for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warschau

Free Fest Festival, Fabryka Trzciny, Warschau, Hayward Gallery, London; Kiasma Museum, Helsinki
Start (Samsung Art Master), Center for Contemporary Art – Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw


Films and videos on modernist architecture, Storefront for Art and Architecture, Preston Theater, Bard College, New York
Ania Molska: Among performers and seagulls, Impakt Organisation, Utrecht

New Films from Poland, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York