Majid Bazaei is a freelance street photographer living in Shiraz, Iran. He has finished his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Petroleum Engineering. After graduation, however, he felt something was missing in his life’s path due to his interest in art. Consequently, Majid decided to improve his knowledge of photography as it was a fascinating profession. In this regard, enrolling in a professional training course in Photoshop Software resulted in 2012. After a while, his enthusiasm for taking more professional photographs led him to participate in several photography courses presented by master individuals. Then, he enhanced his knowledge of lighting by attending related workshops in Shiraz in 2013. A year later, Majid decided to open his studio to find his favorite genre of photography.
Along with photography in the modeling field, he started pursuing street photography. From that time, Majid spent most of his time and energy walking on the streets to find and capture exciting subjects based on actual events. Majid’s progress happened very soon in his photography; the consequence was gaining high-ranked positions and winning several awards in various provincial and national festivals in Iran. Additionally, several impressive photos of him were exhibited in different international exhibitions.
Gaining various experiences from street photography activities taught 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, capturing impressive moments from different aspects of daily life has always been an appealing challenge to me while continuing street photography“, Majid said. Moreover, from his perspective, this challenge is multiplied in Iran for numerous reasons, such as people’s excessive conservatism, religious prejudices, especially about women, the lack of modern urban areas, and little familiarity of people with the street photography genre. Nevertheless, he turned these obstacles into particular subjects to reveal the urban society of Iran during these years, whose effects can be seen in his photos.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2018 Urban Landscape, Shiraz Hotel, Shiraz, Iran
2015 2th Shiraz Emrooz, Melli Gallery , Shiraz, Iran
2020-present Institute for Promotion of Contemporary Visual Art
2015-present Shiraz Photo Society