BABAK MANI is a humanist photographer and also he works as a portrait photographer.
He’s based in Paris and was born in a small town of Iran.
Before 10 years old and alongside his studies, Babak grew up in his father’s old traditional atelier and in the darkroom, where he learned how to develop film, make a B&W photo print and also shooting portrait with a large format camera. So right from the beginning his portraits concentrated more on black and white photography.
Due to sickness and the death of his father, he had to work with what he had learnt and during these years photography as a first love found its place in Babak’s life.
His works were very noticed in his hometown and his province. Babak continued in Tehran and through the twenties, he took portraits from lots of Iranian artists and notable individuals in his atelier. He did photography with the B&W 120 Negative. His photographs were published on the covers of too many magazines, cover of artists’ books, music albums, singers’ posters and also displayed as advertising billboards in his country. Part of his work from Iranian contemporary artists was selected for a Book that published in 2009. His portraits were presented for two years at the fixed exhibition in Tehran, Farmaniyeh 2010-2011.
For various reasons, Babak decided to continue to learn photography in Paris.
From the early thirties, he has also interested in environmental portrait photography of the way of life from ordinary people. He travels to various places and countries with a small camera and takes photos of people in their daily lives.
When he settles in Paris and doesn’t travel, his focus is on portraiture.
Babak is constantly trying to recreate himself in photography and also in the world around him.
In his opinion, there isn’t any boundary in photography.
“written by Jean Claude Duny
» Strike 2019, Solo / Paris
» One night in one city 2018, Solo / Paris
» Vie quotidienne 2017, Solo / Paris
» Comme ils 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
» Photoclub 2015, Bulgaria
» PIKTO 2015, Canada
» 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 & notable individuals 2010-2011, Solo / Farmaniyeh, Tehran