BABAK MANI (b.1980) is a photographer based in Paris, his focus is on portraiture in photography.
His grandfather was a photographer and a painter of portrait who was immigrated from Azerbaijan- Bakou and settled in the north of Iran. In 1931 he was the first founder of photography in the three northern provinces of Iran that named : “atelier-gallery MANI”. Babak’s father, all uncles and brother were also portrait photographers. His father wished that Babak as a new generation of the family to learn photography and preserve the artistic heritage and the name of the family.
Before 10 years old and along with studies, Babak grew up in an old traditional atelier and in the darkroom, where Babak learned how to develop film and make a B&W photo print, retouch negatives and also shooting portrait with a large format camera.
At that time, due to sickness and the death of his father he had to work with what he had learnt and became independent.
So right from the beginning, his portraits concentrated more on Black and White photography.
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.
He has traveled to various Asian and Southeast Asian countries, recording social portraits of cultures, human problems and inequalities.
He try to reflect them on exhibitions and media.
I try to turn my subject into a narrator. The recording of inner feelings or the recording of real character and story 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 of thinking.
» Strike 2019 -Solo / Paris
» 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
» ART TAKES 2014 TIMES SQUARE -New York
» 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