Pezhman VC16-9




Pezhman was born in 1976 in Shiraz -the center of Iran’ s cultural civilization. He and his family were forced to leave just three years later, as the country became consumed by revolution. Since his adolescence in the United States, Pezhman has been exploring both nature and urban environments through photography. A passionate naturalist, he thrives outdoors, trekking, kayaking, mountain climbing and fishing – activities through which he finds peace and introspection. He is, however, equally enthralled by the city, noticing a unique history and character behind every architectural detail of the urban streets.
With an urge to explore a myriad of diverse cultures and imagery, Pezhman traveled throughout the United States and Europe. At first, he carried his camera with him simply as a means of recording people and places he would encounter in his travels. However, Pezhman’ s photography quickly progressed further, to convey the vivid sensations of actual experience – as if giving birth to them for the first time. In this sense, photography became more than just a way to record his experiences; it became the purpose behind them. He came to regard his camera as an active tool for unearthing a location’ s history and archeology, thereby creating portals between the present and the past. By discovering these living histories within his environment, Pezhman saw himself reflected in his surroundings: he, too, held a culturally vibrant, although latent history in his own Iranian heritage.
Pezhman continues to pursue professional photography in Atlanta. His work is continually displayed and collected across the United States.

Artist Statement

“I believe there is a bit of magic in the medium of photography that is made up of light, chemistry, natural beauty and the ability to capture a perfect moment on film.”

- Pezhman


Pezhman was born in 1976 in Shiraz – the center of Iran’s cultural civilization. Emigrating three years later as the result of revolution, Pezhman grew up in the United States. Adventurous since childhood, Pezhman is an avid explorer; he thrives outdoors, trekking, kayaking, mountain biking and fishing. Beginning as a photographer, he captured destination landscapes on film; inspired by the contrast between natural and urban environments. As his work evolved into mixed media he has channeled his photography talents to explore the surfaces and textures of his own creation.