Majeed panahee joo

industrial photographer



Born in 1969 in Tehran.
Panahi grew up in a warm family environment. His father’s military life style meant that the family was often on the move and so it was that at the age of five Majid experienced the blistering heat of the oil rich city of Ahvaz.

The surreal surroundings must have made an impression on his young mind as roaring flames from refinery gas pipes constantly reached up to the skies.
He finished his primary education at Dehkhoda School in another southern Iranian city called Dezfol.

His family moved North to Tehran after the Islamic Revolution where he went to two different high schools (Falagh and Sadr) before moving on to Azad University to study physics. However after just two years his patience wore thin as he saw that he wished to do something more creative with his life.

On completing two years of compulsory military service he moved to England but after a stay of six months he decided to make his home in Iran.  He started photography in 1990 and having completed his preliminary training at the Youth Cinema Association he set up a compact laboratory and embarked on what was in his own words an experimental stage in his career.

He was taught developing and printing by Mr. Jora Abedian the owner of a professional laboratory of film developing (RB laboratory) for 3 years. At this point he was fortunate enough to meet Masoud Masoumie who is considered by many to be a master of commercial photography. “He was my mentor” says Panahi. “I learnt so much form him and it was with his encouragement that I established my own studio.


Panahi has been working as a professional photographer since that time.
He has presented his work in the following exhibitions.



  •    the 4th Annual Photo Exhibition of Iran. (1992)

  •   Iran Photo Biennial (6th Exhibition). (1994)

  •    Solo Exhibition at Valey Art Gallery. (May 1995)

  •    Solo Exhibition at Valey Art Gallery. (Mar 1996 –to fall in love with Musoleh-)

  •    Communal Exhibition at Sabk Art Gallery. (Jan 2002 –another look-)

  •   The first industrial photography exhibition (primer ministry of Iran hall)

  •   Communal Exhibition at Assar Art Gallery. (Sep 2004)

  •   The first exhibition of Association of industrial photographers of Iran (Niavaran cultural center in Tehran 2005)

  •    The second exhibition of Association of industrial photographers of Iran (house of Iranian artist in Tehran 2005)

  •   The 10th Iran Biennia photo exhibition (Saba art gallery 2006)

  •   Solo Exhibition at Hoor art gallery (Sep 2007 – London photo collages)

  •    Communal Exhibition at house of Iranian artist in Tehran (Dec 2007 – year images )

  •   Communal Exhibition of  Iranian lady  (Paris April 2008)

  •   Communal Exhibition of  Industry and art of Iranian  (The center of photographer of Iran May 2008)

  •   Communal Exhibition of  AKASANEH_photos of photographers  (The center of photographer of Iran August 2008)

  •    Communal Exhibition of  BANOO _Lady  (The center of photographer of Iran December 2008)

  •    Communal Exhibition of  Ashoraian  (The center of photographer of Iran January 2009)

  •    Communal Exhibition of  Rakati Eshgh  (Emam Ali museum of Tehran December 2009)

  •    Communal Exhibition of   Association of industrial photographers   (Emam Ali museum of Tehran February 2010)

  •   Communal Exhibition of   Iran at a glance  (The university of Nairobi and
    The national museum of Nairobi ) (Kenya _ Nairobi Feb 2010)

  •   Communal Exhibition of Iranian rustic houses  (IRIB Intel's conference center May 2010) ( Moscow - Russian )

  • Communal Exhibition of form ( The center of photographer of Iran September 2010 )

And published

  •    "The 4th  Annual Photo"  book of Tehran

  •    The book of Iran  Photo Biennial

  •    6 issues of " Safarnameh "  a traveling magazine

  •   " The photo collages of London "  book

  •   " Collected memories " an art exhibition of Iranian artist in London

  •   " Images of the year "  Book of 2007

  •   " Heaven on earth " now  a book of portraying the Iranian woman in London

  •   " Iranian Industry & Art "  100 years petroleum Industry in Iran 100 picture of Asalouyeh

  •   " Mirrors of Iran "   Iranian photographers' center

  •   " 100 years petroleum Industry in Iran " 100 pictures of Asalouyeh 2009

  •   " Iranian industry & art "  part two  

  •    " My beautiful city " 15th anniversary of Iranian photographers' center Foundation  

  • "Form"   book of 16th Anniversary of The center of photographer house



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