Fataneh Dadkhah


Fataneh 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 Iran.
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 photographer.

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 (group exhibition)
- 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 exhibition)
- 2004, Empowered Women International, Alexandra, Virginia (individual exhibition)
- 2003, Iranian-American Technology Council, Washington DC (individual exhibition)
- 2002, Lincoln Center Library and Clark Hall, New York City (individual exhibition)
- 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 (individual exhibition)
- 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.




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