Reza was born in Tabriz, Iran, in 1952 and studied architecture at the University of Tehran. He taught himself the principles of photography at the age of 14. From 1971 to 1978, he photographed rural society and architecture in his homeland. The Iranian revolution shifted his focus from the countryside, and he covered the conflict for Agence France-Presse and Sipa Press.

Listen as Reza explains how he got his start in photography, talks about his current projects, and gives advice to future visual artists.

cuneiform
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written language developed by Sumerians and common throughout ancient Mesopotamia, made up of different collections of wedge or triangle shapes.

humanitarian
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having to do with relief, aid, or other support to people in need.

language
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set of sounds, gestures, or symbols that allows people to communicate.

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introduction of harmful materials into the environment.

social change
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alteration in attitude and outlook on issues, such as civil rights, that affect large communities.