Mahmoud Kalari

Mahmoud Kalari

Mahmoud Kalari, born in 1951 in Tehran, Iran, is a cinematographer, screenwriter, film director and photographer. After completing photography courses in the United States, he held his first photo exhibition titled "Visit with People Around Us" at Tehran University in 1976. A few years later he became employed by Paris-based Sigma Photo News Agency and worked for them for four years. In 1980, he was ranked one of the '15 Best Photographers of the Year' by Time Magazine, and his photos could be seen in French, German, and American magazines.

Kalari started his film career in 1984 as the cinematographer of Frosty Roads (1985) for which he won the Best Cinematography award at Tehran's Fajr International Film Festival. During his career, Kalari has brought the vision of many great Iranian directors to life, such as Masud Kimiai, Ali Hatami, Dariush Mehrjui, Jafar Panahi, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Tahmineh Milani, Palme d'Or winner Abbas Kiarostami, Oscar nominee Majid Majidi, and Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi. Beyond these celebrated masters, Kalari has also collaborated with young and emerging directors, making him a constant presence across the wide gamut of Iranian cinema. Kalari approaches each film with no preconceptions, devising for each a specific visual style. From dynamic handheld camerawork to stark minimalism, placid countryside to gritty metropolis, short shot to long take (in one case lasting over two hours—the entire length of the film), he is undaunted by any boundary.

Over three decades, Mahmoud Kalari has shot more than 65 films including some of the most critically acclaimed and talked about movies in Iran and internationally. To mention a few: 

  • The Lead (1989) (winner of the best cinematography)
  • Reyhaneh (1990) (screened at San Sebastian and Montreal Film Festivals)
  • A Time for Love (1990) (filmed in Turkey and screened at Cannes Film Festival)
  • From Karkheh to Rein (1990) (filmed in Germany and screened at Hamburg and Mannheim Film Festivals)
  • Sara (1993) (screened at San Sebastian, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago Film Festivals)
  • Hello Cinema (1995) (screened at Montreal, Toronto, Los Angeles, New York, and Cannes Film Festivals)
  • Gabbeh (1996) (screened at Cannes, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, New York, Los Angeles and 21 other International Film Festivals around the world, winner of Best Cinematography at Fajr International Film Festival and winner of Fujifilm Motion Picture Award), 
  • Leila (1997) (screened at 7 international film festivals and the winner of the best cinematography at Fajr Film Festival)
  • The Pear Tree (1998) (winner of Silver Hugo at Chicago Film Festival and chosen as the Best Motion Picture Photography by the international jury of the Fajr Film Festival)
  • The Wind Will Carry Us (1999) for which Kalari received nominations for Best Cinematography in the Main Competition of Plus CAMEIMAGE International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography
  • Offside (2006) (screened at Berlin, New York, and AFI Film Festivals).

Kalari directorial debut is The Cloud and the Rising Sun (1998) on which he was also the writer and cinematographer. It was screened at Montreal and Chicago Film Festivals and won the Best Film award at Argentina Mardel Plata Film Festival.

Kalari was selected as a Jury Panelist for Poland Film Festival both in 1999 and 2000. In 2001, Nant Festival in Paris held a tribute to his work as a photographer and exhibited his photographs. In 2005 he won the best cinematography award for Bab'Aziz - The Prince That Contemplated His Soul (2005), directed by Tunisian-French director Nacer Khemir, from the Tatarstan International Muslim Film Festival. Later, a gallery of his photos shot during the Iranian Revolution of 1979 was opened to the public, and a photo book of his work from that era was published. Kalari's work on the internationally critically acclaimed and Oscar winner film, A Separation (2011), earned him a Silver Frog from Plus CAMEIMAGE International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography in 2011.

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The art of destruction Signed, 2007 Print on photographic paper 93.5 x 70 cm

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The art of destruction Signed, 2007 Print on photographic paper 93.5 x 70 cm

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The art of destruction Signed, 2007 Print on photographic paper 93.5 x 70 cm

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London Gallery

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group exhibition, 07 September - 30 September

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Los Angeles

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group exhibition, 02 November - 14 November

CAMA Gallery announces exhibition of renowned Iranian filmmakers in the Los Angeles

CAMA Gallery announces exhibition of renowned Iranian filmmakers in the Los Angeles

CAMA Gallery presents an exhibition of photographs by prestigious Iranian film directors. After enormous success in both London and Tehran, the exhibition will travel to the USA in November, to be shown at The Container Yard in Downtown Los Angeles.

22 October, 2018


Art Beyond the Canvas CAMA Gallery at The Container Yard

Art Beyond the Canvas CAMA Gallery at The Container Yard

Art and Philanthropy combine in a new immersive event in Los Angeles in Art Beyond the Canvas

17 October, 2018


Posts tagged with CAMA Gallery of Iranian Art

Posts tagged with CAMA Gallery of Iranian Art

Behind the lens of renowned Iranian cinematographers

17 October, 2018


Kiarostami and Shirdel are going to London

Kiarostami and Shirdel are going to London

Art and Culture group: Mona Khosheghal, the director of CAMA Gallery announced a photo exhibition by filmmakers which presents the artworks of Kamran Shirdel and Abbas Kiarostami at CAMA Gallery in London.

19 September, 2018


Iranian Photography Comes to London for the First Time

Iranian Photography Comes to London for the First Time

‘Photography is the mother of cinema.’ said the late Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami once. He should know a thing or two, about a thing or two, for Abbas Kiarostami’s sophisticated artistic legacy was the first the allowed us to truly catch a glimpse into the reality of those living in a country under strict political restrictions.

15 September, 2018


THE INTERRELATIONS BETWEEN FILMMAKING AND PHOTOGRAPHY

THE INTERRELATIONS BETWEEN FILMMAKING AND PHOTOGRAPHY

Panel discussion at the CAMA Gallery, London

07 September, 2018


Opens 7 September Exhibition of renowned Iranian filmmakers at CAMA Gallery of Iranian art ArtfixDaily

Opens 7 September Exhibition of renowned Iranian filmmakers at CAMA Gallery of Iranian art ArtfixDaily

CAMA Gallery of Iranian art presents an exhibition of photographs by prestigious Iranian film directors.

04 September, 2018


London gallery to display photos by Iranian filmmaker

London gallery to display photos by Iranian filmmaker

TEHRAN – The London branch of CAMA – Contemporary and Modern Art Gallery, will be hosting an exhibition of photos by a number of prestigious Iranian filmmakers during September.

31 August, 2018


Time Lapse Art Map London

Time Lapse Art Map London

CAMA Gallery of Iranian art presents an exhibition of photographs by 7 prestigious Iranian film directors.

31 August, 2018


Best Photos Taken by Filmmakers for UK Exhibit Financial Tribune

Best Photos Taken by Filmmakers for UK Exhibit Financial Tribune

London branch of Contemporary and Modern Art (CAMA) Gallery is to hold an exhibition of photographs taken by eight respected Iranian cineastes from September 7.

28 August, 2018