SPECTRUM International Prize for Photography

Bahman Jalali, on exhibition May 29 to August 21, 2011

I would be remised if I didn’t mention this exhibition I visited while in Hannover at the Sprengel Museum. I spent the first hour of the tour in this exhibition investigating all of the narratives, and slide video installations of the show.

Hahman Jalali (1945-2010) is one of the central figures I contemporary photography in the Middle East. He dedicated over 40 years of his life to preserving Iran’s visual memory. He was a photographer writer, university instructor and founder of a museum. Many of his projects were realized in collaboration with his wife, the photographer Rana Javadi.

The exhibition at the Sprengel Museum Hannover is based on the first extensive exhibition of his works at the Fundacio Antoni Tapies in Barcelona in 2007.

“This Bahman Jalali retrospective marks the first time that visitors in Germany will have an opportunity to engage with artistic, historical political and social questions related to Iran, both as they are manifested in Jalali’s own work as well as in works by nineteenth –century photographers. “