AMIN YOUSEFI

Finalist Carte Blanche Students 2022

University of Westminster - Westminster, England

Biography

Amin Yousefi lives and works in London. He is studying Documentary Photography at the University of Westminster. He has participated in several international group exhibitions and national awards and prizes. In 2019 he was selected as an Ag Galerie Talent for his work titled, Life, Death and other Similar Things which was exhibited in a solo show at Ag Galerie. A native of Abadan in the province of Khuzestan, Iran’s most oil-rich region and the scene for Iran’s bloody war with neighbouring Iraq, Yousefi’s work deals with themes related to the cityscape, environment, humanity and effects of war and how the act of photography can conceptually mirror the structures of these relationships.

Eyes dazzle as they search for the truth
Eyes dazzle as they search for the truth
Eyes dazzle as they search for the truth

Eyes dazzle as they search for the truth

How can it be possible for the sound of a 35mm camera shutter to attract one person’s attention in the midst of a crowd of protesters? As if the photographer uses a megaphone to say “One, Two, Three, Cheese...“ and individuals emerge from their atmosphere and stare at the camera. Like a detective armed with a magnifying glass, I want to discover my suspects using a loupe from among the revolutionaries of Iran between 1978 and 1979. The Iranian Revolution is the most important event in the Middle East in the last fifty years and has greatly impacted the region. This project is about individuals who looked out from among the masses at a crucial moment in history and stared into the lens of a camera.