None <p>Reza was born in Tabriz, Iran in 1952. As a child, Reza became interested in visual arts when he realized he was unable to properly convey an emotional event with words.</p> <p>Reza, one of the best-known photojournalists in the world, has captured the beauty and turmoil of the Middle and Far East for such magazines as <em>National Geographic</em>, <em>Newsweek</em>, <em>Time</em>, and <em>GEO</em>.</p> <p>Reza taught himself the principles of photography at the age of 14. Later, he studied architecture at the University of Tehran.</p> <p>Growing up in Iran, Reza was struck by the stark differences between the lives of the rich and the poor.</p> <p>Reza urges young photographers not to look at photography as a career but rather as a passion and a way of life.</p> <p>Reza considers photography a language. Photographers convey stories and emotions through their work, he says.</p> <p>Reza is committed to using photography as a means to help change the world. He believes photography is a unifying language because you don't need words to understand it.</p> <p>He is the founder of Aina (The Mirror), an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and empowerment of children and women through the use of media and communication. His aim is for them to develop skills that can contribute to the building of a free and open society by supporting sustainable development, promoting human rights, and strengthening national unity.</p> <p>Reza is deeply committed to the education of future generations. For his dedication to humanitarian causes and because of his work with Aina in Afghanistan, National Geographic awarded him the title of National Geographic fellow in 2006.</p> <p>In 2006, Reza received the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism "in recognition of his lifelong contributions, through brilliant photojournalism, to justice, and dignity for the world's citizens."</p> <p>In 1991 Reza acted as a consultant to the United Nations in Afghanistan, helping to distribute food to populations in war-torn parts of the country.</p> <p>Reza spends much of his time as lecturer, trainer, and visiting professor. He gives presentations and workshops on global issues, his humanitarian work, and photojournalism, in international institutions and universities such as George Washington University, Beijing University, and the Sorbonne in Paris.</p>
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  • 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.

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