Dadkhah was born in Tehran, Iran, November 25, 1952.
She graduated form College of Mass Communications and Social
Sciences in Tehran.
She pioneered stage photography as an artistic discipline in Iran,
with 20 years of experience in capturing images and documenting the
rebirth of Iranian theatre, after 1979. Her book "Theatre
Photography" was published in 1938 by Dramatic Arts Center in
Fataneh started traveling inside and outside Iran and experiencing
snapshot photography since 2001.
She has been featured in many prominent publications, including
"Washington Post" in 2002 and the French edition of
"Elle Magazine" in 2000 as contemporary Iranian artist and
Fataneh Dadkhah was honored by "Lincoln Center" in New
York City in 2002, as they asked her to exhibit her works in tow
different venues to further support "Tazieh" and modern
productions that they were hosting from Iran.
She was also honored by "Iranian-American Technology Council in
December 2003 at Washington DC.
She was honored by the Iranian Theatre House for the contribution
and dedication as a great photographer in 2009.
- 2009, Mall Galleries, Masques of Shahrzad (Evolution and
revolution through 3 generations of Iranian women artists), London
- 2008, silk Road Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran (individual exhibition)
- 2008, Richard J. Ernest Cultural Center, Annandale, Virginia,
(visual artists group)
- 2007, Exhibit 9 Gallery, Potomac, MD (individual exhibition)
- 2007, Mah Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran (individual exhibition)
- 2006, Mah Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran (individual exhibition)
- 2005, Empowered Women International, Alexandra, Virginia (group
- 2004, Empowered Women International, Alexandra, Virginia
- 2003, Iranian-American Technology Council, Washington DC
- 2002, Lincoln Center Library and Clark Hall, New York City
- 2002, Art-O-Matic, Washington Dc (group exhibition)
- 2002, Exhibit 9 Gallery, Potomac, MD (individual exhibition)
- 2002, Roulette Gallery, Kensington, MD (individual exhibition)
- 2000, Niavaran Artistic Creations Foundation, Tehran, Iran
- 1992, Dramatic Art Center, Tehran, Iran (individual exhibition)
- 1984, City Theatre, Tehran, Iran (individual exhibition)
- 1983, Roudaki Hall, Tehran, Iran (individual exhibition)
I started my professional career in photography with live
theatre. Even though I have left theatre photography for many years
since now, I am still under the influence of theatre in my work. To
me, the world represents the stage of a theatre. I witness this
scene through my camera. At any given moment in time, I see the
unfolding of a scene with its unique characters. My aim is to
eternalize this scene for ever. After my theatrical experience, my
work moved toward a different path slowly. It was a creative
transformation. A termination of objectivism and a step toward
subjectivism. I started seeing beyond the limits of an image and
began to visualize its essence. I use the magic of the camera to
unfold the complexities of the world around me. What seems only a
fantasy in my everyday life, is transcended into reality through my
art. This fantasy is what I seek to share with my audience.
In my view, photography is not imply copying the world around me. It
is ability of the photographer to use her sense of esthetics to
eternalize a decisive moment causing the audience to ponder.
In a way, the photography should not merely represent an object to
the audience; instead the message should be conveyed through an
artistic language created the artist's imagination. My work as
photographer is to witness and capture the beauty around me.
My philosophy is to capture the true spirit within an object, rather
than its mere image. My vocabulary is all about colors, lines and
shapes. I seek simplicity.