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50 years - 50 photographs: Photographs by Kamran Adle

Tehran's AAran Art Gallery celebrates its opening by showing 50 photographs of  Kamran Adle . For 50 years Kamran Adle has recorded  the pulse of a nation. From Graffiti at Iranian bazaars to silent moments of reflection at a Zoroastrian temple. He lives for these moments and never ceases to amaze. The camera has captured it all, from the high noon lights to the abstract to reflections of daily life, with the ever present vision of an artist who remains a trail blazer in his field.

2008-10-01 to 2008-10-16
AAran Art Gallery. Tehran
No 9 dey street. North Kheradmand ave.
Tel +9821 88829086- 9

Artist's Note: Where do I begin ? Should I write that I am from a family of.... ? you can see all of that on my website. So , what must I write ? Of feelings ? You may or may not know that I have worked on all aspects of photography, and in all scales , from the Minx camera whose film is in millimeters to film sizes which are up to 4 or 5 inches in width. As an assistant to Roughen in Paris, I also worked with 30x40cm films. Despite all that , I feel exhilarated when I work with a 135 mm camera amongst people , where I submerge in the moment and I take snap shots. Many believe that I am an architectural photographer, I am also that , however my preference is to look at Architecture with emotions. I have written before that Photography is neither a technology nor a technique , not even an art. Photography is a feeling. One does not sense it until one is a photographer.

There is a " Time - Zero " in photography , and that is when you push the " declancheur " button and the final image is captured. In this collection there is a picture from a 3 part series , of an " Ashura Lamentation " procession in the city of Bushehr . The first picture is that of 4 to 5 mourners beating their chests and the second picture captures the mourners noticing me taking their picture and that they do not like my presence . The third photograph , which is the one in this collection , captures the mourners approaching me with hostility ; Time-Zero...location-lost ...I feel threatened and exhilarated..... Someone suddenly shouts : " leave him alone ".. I did not know where the voice came from ,as the moment passed very quickly. All I know is that if that shout had come two second later, perhaps neither I , nor this picture would have existed. The result is this photograph that always remains in my heart. I have always said , and perhaps you may not like it , that photography is the most challenging and the most difficult profession in the world. In photography , we encounter a thousand parameters . Even in architectural photography, with a permit in hand and with no job site dangers and in full control of nerves , one still should concentrate , because in architectural photography there are also a thousand parameters , the first of which is the viewer.

Viewers of photography are numerous and diverse , and a picture is successful when the viewer connects and relates to that image . You are on one side of the world and the viewer on the other. One may not even know the other's language; however the viewer's gaze becomes one's language. In this collection , you also see a photo of Niger river in Nigeria , near the city of Niamey . Many years after that I took another picture of the sun setting on the same river, but in the city of Djenne in Mali . Look at them both , do you understand me ? What feelings must I have when taking photos in Malaysia or capturing a moment in Fort de France in Martinique in the heart of the Caribbean's, not to mention in Kuwait? The day that I , with a childish feeling decided to become a photographer; I was searching for adventures, like many other young boys. I found it , however I did not know its scope and scale I was not sensible then and I am still not . The scope is so vast ,'s a galaxy ,.. it has no end in sight...

... Payvand News - 09/29/08 ... --

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