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Arshia Kiani, A Doctor who loves Photography more than Medicine

By Syma Sayyah, Tehran

Dr. Arshia Kiani is a young photographer with a difference. He is a fully qualified medical doctor, but apart from attending to family and friends he does not practice his profession. He rather spends his time and energies on his art, photography.

I wanted to see his show as soon as the invitation arrived last week. There was something about his works, with the red and black, a certain aura that compelled me, despite the Tehran traffic, to venture one afternoon to the Golestan Gallery. Golestan is located in Darous, one of the nicest parts of Tehran (No. 42 Shahid Kamasaie Street, Tel. 22541589). When I got there I was not disappointed. There was something deep and intriguing about the works on display. His work reminded me of pictures of Clouds of Tom Sonberg the Norwegian photographer with whose works I had become familiar through a dear friend, Khosrow Payghamie who as well as being a photographer himself teaches photography in Paris.

Arshia Kiani was born in GhaemShahr, in the province of Mazandrann in northern Iran. He comes from a true professional and hard-working Iranian family. His father was a dentist and his mother was a school teacher; and both of his brothers are doctors too. He told me that he has been taking photographs since he was a child; his first camera was a Konica Compact which he later changed to a Canon Eos when he became more serious with his photography during his time in Masouleh in the North, where he simultaneously served his military service and the mandatory period required for medical doctors to spend outside big cities. Since he has become what I called digital, he has been using his Nikon D 100.

Arshia has been working as a professional photographer for the past four years and told me that he has been pretty happy with his progress. In addition to his private work, he works as an associate professional with Iran Heritage Foundation News Organization, Tehran Artists Forum and recently for the Heritage Photo News Agency which has been set up by Mr. Sarbakhshian, the well known photojournalist and one of the winners of the first Kaveh Golestan Photojournalism Award.

I was not at all surprised when I asked him what his favorite colors are. He said "Black and Red." As you can see for yourself these two have a strong theme in his present show. I also asked him to give the exhibition a name and, after I insisted, he said "A look at Ground" - (negahi be zamin). Take a look at them and decide for yourselves about the works of this thirty something interesting and (if I may say so) good-looking doctor-photographer!

... Payvand News - 7/29/05 ... --

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