Majid Bazaei is a freelance street photographer living in Shiraz, Iran. He has finished his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Petroleum Engineering. After graduation, however, he felt something is missing in his life’s path due to his interest in art areas. Consequently, Majid decided to improve his knowledge in photography as it was the most fascinated profession of his thoughts. In this regard, enrolling a professional training course of Photoshop Software was the result in 2012.

After a while, his developed enthusiasm about taking more professional photographs led him to participate in several courses of photography presented by master individuals. Then, he enhanced the knowledge of lighting by attending related workshops in Shiraz in 2013. A year later, Majid decided to open his own studio to find his favorite genre of photography. Along with performing photography activities in the field of modelling, he started to pursue street photography. Having said that, the difficulties of having focus on the both genres made him to choose one of which Majid felt he belonged to it, the street photography. From that time, Majid spend most of his time and energy on walking on the streets to find and capture attractive subjects which were based on real events. Majid’s progress happened very soon in this area of photography that the consequence was gaining high-ranked positions and wining several awards in various provincial and national festivals in Iran. Additionally, several impressive photos of him were exhibited in different exhibitions around the world.

For a long period of time, Majid always performed photography activities collaboratively with numerous photographers. This shaped the opinion of creating a photography group in his mind. Hence, he decided to create his own art group, Shiraz Artist, in 2013. The fundamental aim of this group was set to gather different interested people in photography and holding periodic photo walk activities in Shiraz City. After holding various photo walk programs, a plan of this kind was set and performed by Shiraz Artist Group on the worldwide photo walk day of the year 2017. Shiraz Artist Group is still continuing different activities under Majid’s supervision. In this regard, numerous programs related to various aspects of art and photography have been held by the group and the workshops they performed during the previous years as well as photo walk programs.

Gaining various experiences from street photography activities learned Majid a lot. “When the ongoing life of streets is seen from the eyes of a non-photographer individual, it can be nothing special but repetitive or boring moments. However, the captur of impressive moments from different aspects of day life has always been an appealing challenge to me during continuing street photography”, Majid said. Moreover, from his perspective, this challenge is multiplied in Iran due to the numerous reasons such as people’s excessive conservatism, religious prejudices especially about women, the lack of modern urban areas and negligible familiarities of people with the street photography genre. Nevertheless, these obstacles have been turned to special subjects by him to reveal the urban society of Iran during these years, whose effects can be seen in his photos.