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Forough Alaei



Tehran, Iran



Forough Alaei was born in 1989 in Iran, where she studied law. She was also a keen painter. When undertaking her undergraduate studies, she began to recognize the enormous inequality faced by women. Searching for a new avenue to express these thoughts, she turned to photography. As a painter, she had a keen eye for color and framing; and as a law student, she was versed on the difficulties facing Iranian women.

Forough started photography in 2015 and become a photojournalist for Donya-e-Eghtesad newspaper, the most famous economic daily in Iran. In a short time, she became fond of documentary photography and filmmaking. Based on her background, as well as research interests, she explores issues related to humanity and social matters with a special focus on women’s rights. Forough is subject to many risks while carrying out her projects, which can be considered a sign of her passion for giving a voice to her subjects.

Forough is proud of winning first place in three different competitions for the project on female football fans. World Press Photo Contest in Sports category (stories); Pictures of the Year International (POYi) Multimedia in daily life category; Istanbul Photo Contest in Sports category (stories).

Forough is mentored by Ed Kashi.


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