Hossein Fatemi began his journey as a photographer covering politics and social events in his home country of Iran at the age of 17. Between 2006 and 2008, he turned his lens on the wars in both Georgia and Lebanon. In 2009, Hossein moved to Afghanistan and documented American ground operations and the lives of Afghans in the aftermath of war for over four years. Throughout subsequent trips back to his homeland of Iran, Hossein produced An Iranian Journey and Veiled Truths; two controversial and award winning projects focusing on youth and female identity. Throughout the years, Hossein’s photography have been exhibited world-wide and brought him to work in place like Pakistan, Turkey, Iraq, Russia, India, Somalia, Kenya, and Bangladesh. He’s won numerous awards including being nomination for the 2016 World Understanding Award for the Pictures of the Year. Today, Hossein Fatemi resides in Chicago, IL and focuses on documenting social, environmental, and political issues across the United States of America.
Selected Awards and Honors
2017- Second prize in the long-term project category World Press Photo.
2016 - World Understanding Award in the Pictures of the Year International.
2015 - Silver Prize from China international photojournalism contest .
2015 - Finalist of the FotoEvidence Book Award.
2014 - Second Prize - Portrait Story of Lens Culture.
2014- POYI - Third Place -Portrait Series from Missouri School of Journalism.
2014 - POYI - Award of Excellence - Natural History picture Story from Missouri School of Journalism.
2013 - First prize The International Festival of Photography Photovisa .
2013 - Grant Recipient The Art of Photography Show, San Diego .
2013- Third prize The Days Japan International Photojournalism Award.
2012 - UNICEF Photo of the Year / HM .
2012 - Grand prize of international world awakening awards .
2010 - Gold medal from China international photojournalism contest .
2010- Finalist New York Photo Awards.
2009 - Bronze medal from China international photojournalism contest.
2007 - Bronze medal from China international photojournalism contest.
Exhibitions & Screened
2017- Veiled Truths exhibiting at Susan Eley Fine Art gallery in New York .
2016- Midwest Photographers Project “An Iranian Journey” MOCP (Museum of Contemporary Photography) in Chicago
2016- Afghanistan: A Troubled Legacy photo exhibition in the LUMIX Festival for Young Photojournalism in Germany
2015 - Veiled Truths exhibiting at Elizabeth Houston Gallery in New York.
2015 - "Out of the Shadows" a photo exhibition at the Museum Dr. Guislain in Ghent, Brussels - Belgium
2015 - "Being a Woman in Afghanistan" a photo slide show at Ballarat International Foto Biennale - Australia
2015 - Veiled Truths” photo exhibition at Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival - Canada
2014 - Participated at Expo Chicago group exhibition founded by Shaquille O’neal – USA
2014 - “An Iranian Journey” photo exhibition in the LUMIX Festival for Young Photojournalism – Germany
2014 - “An Iranian Journey” featured as a slide show at Visa pour I’Images – France
2014 - Lake Urmia in northwestern Iran is being exhibited at the Xishuangbanna Foto Festival in Jinghong, Yunnan Province, China
2013 - Afghanistan: A Troubled Legacy exhibition in Delhi Photo Festival
2013 - Afghan women's exhibition in Angkor photo Festival
2013 - long-term project Afghanistan – Dark Future, in Chobi Mela VII, in Dhaka, Bangladesh
2012 - Group exhibition: Delhi Festival exhibition with a focus on SAARC countries in India
2011 - Group exhibition: Contemporary Afghanistan: Another Look The State Museum of Oriental Art Moscow,Russian
2011 - Sepid Shoor” at No 6 Gallery in Tehran
2008- Group exhibition: Middle East in the eye of six Iranian photographer and two foreign photographers in Tehran
2007 - Group exhibition: First photo Expo in Tehran
2006 - Group exhibition: Lebanon after the War in Tehran