Reza Deghati was born July 26, 1952 in Tabriz, Iran. He is French-Iranian and currently lives in Paris, France. Reza discovered his talent and passion for photography in 1968, at the age of 14. Three years later, the self-taught photographer joined the University of Tehran where he received a degree in architecture. He dropped his career in architecture to become a photographer. Reza has traveled most of the world (over 100 countries) for National Geographic Magazine.
This photo is one of his most famous works. The center of interest is this young girl's very green eyes. They lock you in and then you start to scan the photo and see the running makeup, scars on her face, and dirty hands. The lighting is very strong and vibrant. The contrast comes out very well in this photo. Because of the lighting the mood isn't depressing, but is in fact very powerful. You start to wonder who this girl is and what she has been through. I really like the coloring in this photo.
In 2001, he founded Aina (Persian for The Mirror), an international non-profit organization dedicated to educating and empowering Afghan women and children through the media. National Geographic awarded him the title of National Geographic Fellow, because of this project, in 2006.
Reza uses photography as a tool to educate, telling stories of the victims of conflict to international audiences in the eyes of the victims themselves.
Reza is also the author of seventeen books such as War and Peace, which shows some of Reza’s most dramatic photography conveying torment, upheaval, art, culture and tradition in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and other Middle Eastern and Asian countries.
From 1984-1987 Reza won the World Press Photo Award for General News and in 1996 won World Press Photo Award for Daily Life.
He has participated in many documentary projects which produce some of his most famous images.
He has worked with UNICEF, the United Nations of Afghanistan, Ashoka Foundation, etc. His work has been recognized by George Washington University, Stanford University, Beijing University and the Sorbonne in Paris.
He is known to be a lecturer, trainer, and visiting professor, giving presentations and running workshops on global issues. He is deeply committed to the education of future generations and even teaches students photography, while he is traveling, so they can document their lives to show to the world.
I like how this photographer is being active as a photographer to show his audience how other people from around the world are going through hardships. Besides being a photographer and exposes this world, he is also very influential away from the camera by working with UNICEF and starting Aina which makes him unique in the history of photojournalism. Also, he spends time and money to make sure that students can get educated especially in photography.