‘If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera‘
I have been photographing news, conflicts and social issues around the globe since 1978, starting with the Iranian revolution and subsequent war between Iran and Iraq.
After being exiled from my native country in 1985, I worked for several major agencies (Black Star, Sipa, Keystone, AFP) and important international magazines, such as Time, Life, Newsweek, Paris Match, GEO, and National Geographic Magazine. In addition, I held management positions and photographed for the United Nations on four continents.
In 2002, I founded the AINA Photojournalism Institute in Kabul. After directing the photo operation for The Associated Press in the Middle East for four years, I have decided to teach and work as an independent photographer from my new home base in Southern Italy.