Majid Panahi Joo
Born in 1969, Tehran
Panahi grew up in a warm family environment. His father was an army
officer and his mother chose to stay at home and look after her
three children, the youngest of whom was Majid.
His father’s military life style meant that the family was often
on the move and so it was that at the age of five Majid experienced
the blistering heat of the oil rich city of Ahvaz. The surreal
surroundings must have made an impression on his young mind as
roaring flames from refinery gas pipes constantly reached up to the
skies. He finished his primary education at Deh-khoda School in
another southern Iranian city called Dezfol.
His family moved North to Tehran after the Islamic Revolution where
he went to two different high schools (Falagh and Sadr) before
moving on to Azad University to study physics.
However after just two years his patience wore thin as he saw that
he wished to do something more creative with his life.
On completing two years of compulsory military service he moved to
England but after a stay of six months he decided to make his home
in Iran. He started photography in 1990 and having completed his
preliminary training at the Youth Cinema Association he set up a
compact laboratory and embarked on what was in his own words an
experimental stage in his career.
He was taught developing and printing by Mr. Jora Abedian the owner
of a professional laboratory of film developing (RB laboratory) for
At this point he was fortunate enough to meet Masoud Masoumi, who is considered by many to be a master of commercial
photography. “He was my mentor” says Panahi. “I learnt so much
form him and it was with his encouragement that I established my own
has been working as a professional photographer since that time.
The 4th Annual Photo Exhibition of
Iran Photo Biennial (6th
Exhibition at Vali Art Gallery. (May 1995)
Exhibition at Vali Art Gallery. (Mar 1996,
to fall in love with Mussouleh)
Exhibition at Sabk Art Gallery. (Jan 2002,
Exhibition at Asar Art Gallery. (2004)