BABAK MANI (b.1980) is a Portrait & Mode photographer based in Paris.

He was born in Shahi a small city of Iran.
Babak accustomed with photography like mother tongue, the artistic background of his family has led him to enter photography from a very young age.
His grandfather was photographer and painter of portrait who was immigrated from Azerbaijan – Baku and settled in north of Iran. In 1931 he was the first founder of photography in 3 north provinces of Iran in Shahi that named : “MANI Art Gallery”.  Babak’s father, uncles and brother were also photographers.
Before 10 years old, Babak worked beside his studies in a traditional old atelier and in the darkroom, where Babak learned  how to develop film and make a B&W photo print, retouch negatives and also shooting portraits with a large format camera. At that time, due to sickness and the death of his father he had to take responsibility of the old gallery which had completely lost the position.
He began as a Portrait and Mode photographer. So right from the beginning , his work concentrated more on Black and White photography.
In his teens, He became well known in his artwork and achieved a significant position in the city and province.
After high school he moved to Tehran in order to continue photography in capital of Iran.
During the twenties, he took portraits from lots of Iranian Artists and Celebrities in his private atelier with the Digital Back and B&W 120 Negative.
During that period Babak’s photos of Celebrities used more than 400 Cover of Magazines and several Cover of Artist’s Books, Music Albums and also displayed as Advertising Billboards in his country.

Part of his portraits of Iranian contemporary artists selected for a Book that published in 2009.

He held a fixed exhibition for two years of those portraits, at his own gallery in Tehran – Farmaniyeh.

Babak decided to continue to learn photography in Paris.

Also he interests to do outdoor portrait photography with a small camera of people, lifestyle and social issues around the world.


I try to turn my subject into a narrator. The recording of inner feelings or the recording of real character that belongs exclusively to my subject, with simple forms and clear lines that could be create emotion, excitement and maybe ambiguity in the viewer as a factor for thinking.

babak mani

Group exhibitions & Solo

» une ville une nuit 2018 -Solo / Paris

» Mode in capital 2017 -Solo / Paris

» Visages te disent 2016 -Solo/ Paris

» PX3 2016 -PARIS
» Exposure 2015 –LOUVER MUSEUM -PARIS
» TIFA 2016 -Tokyo
» SALON Grand 2015 -Serbia
» BALKAN DREAM 2015 -Serbia
» ADRIATIC 2015 -Bulgaria
» CORSICA 2015 -Serbia
» PCA 2015 -Serbia
» PIKTO 2015 -Canada
» Photoclub202-2015 -Bulgaria
» Exposure 2014 -Angel Orensanz foundation -New York
» SCOPE MIAMI 2014 -Miami
» ONE LIFE 2013 -New York
» Year in Review 2013 -New York
» Portraits of Iranian artists & celebrities in own gallery -Tehran, Farmaniyeh 2010 / 2011