My name is Javad Moghimi Parsa. I’m Iranian and now I’m a citizen in Norway. I have been working as a photographer for about 21 years. Actually, I started photography when I was 16 years old. At the beginning I worked as a waiter in a restaurant in Sari, in Northern Iran, to earn some money to buy a camera for myself.
In 2005 I began taking pictures for Fars News Agency in Iran after I met its picture editor.. While I was shooting for them I used to experience a lot in those four intense years. I’ve always tried to find interesting ways to shoot the subject which I was interested in. I was born in a country, Iran, where real democracy doesn’t exist. Even today there are two kinds of journalists: the ones who work for the government and cannot be really called journalists and the others who try hard to work as critical investigators of our society;
the second are unfortunately working under very complicated circumstances in a country ruled by dictators. In 2005 I got a full-time position as photographer with the national government-controlled news-agency of Iran, in 2007 I was admitted to the NEWS University to study photography. My images were often banned by the government because they didn't like my personal vision of Iran. In 2009 during the public protests, after the so called Iranian elections, photographers weren't allowed to document the events.
Some of my images were smuggled out of Iran and published by international magazines, one was chosen for the cover of the 29 June 2009 edition of Time Magazine. In few days I had to leave Iran permanently since the government might want to arrest me for my images published abroad . I had also to leave my studies behind. I have lived in Turkey and since 2010 I have been living in Oslo, Norway. Now I’m working as a freelance photographer for Norwegian newspapers. My work has been published in many national and international publications .
My image of the election protests in Iran in 2009 has been selected among 144 photos of the most influential moments of the past 100 years of Time Magazine.
My work has been published in numerous national and international publications including, the cover of Time magazine, “Iran vs. Iran”. The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, The Seattle Times, France’s Le Figaro, Paris Match, The Guardian, 6Mois, Colors Magazine, PRI's The World, Toronto star, Amnesty International for the postcard series and others.
I’m Now, documents exile Iranians all over the globe.. I traveled to Norway, Sweden, USA, Canada, Turkey, Macedonia, Greece, France, Spain, United Arab Emirates and Israel.. I met generations of Iranian immigrants who shared the goal of a better life nurtured by social, political and religious freedom.
2023 - Winner of the Norwegian Picture of the Year Award.
2022: Nominated for best magazine photo in the Norwegian National Media Awards (MBL) 2021.
2022: 1st prize in the news category in the Norwegian Picture of the Year Award 2021.
2020 & 2021: I received a grant from Fritt Ord to continue the work on my documentary project about Covid-19.
2021: Nominated in the Norwegian Picture of the Year Award 2020.
2019-2021- Norwegian Journal of Photography (NJP).
2018 & 2019: I received a grant from Fritt Ord to continue the work on my documentary project of exile Iranians around the world.
2016: Winner a grant from Fritt Ord to continue the work on my documentary project of exile Iranians around the world.
2014-2015: Winner a grant from the University of Amsterdam to make a Photo Documentary of "irregular" transit migrants in Turkey’.
2014: Winner of FotoVisura Grant for outstanding Personal Photography project.
2014: Top 30 under 30 Magnum Photos.
2014: Honorable Mention, Norwegian picture of the year.Oslo-Norway.
2014: I was selected as a finalist in The 2014 Aftermath Project grant.
2013: Joop Swart Masterclass participant, World Press Photo. Netherlands.
2008: 1st place: Iranian photo Festival. Orumiyeh-Iran.
2007: World Press Photo Workshop (the workshop was cancelled due to political clashes between Iran & Netherlands)
2006: 1st place: Iranian Press Festival.Tehran-Iran.
2006: 1st place: Iranian Photography Biennale.Tehran-Iran.
Present: The Norwegian News Agency (NTB) staff photographer based in Oslo, Norway.
2020-2022: Verdens Gang (VG) , as freelance photographer, Norway.
2011-2021: DN (Dagens Næringsliv) & Dine Penger/E24, as freelance photographer, Norway.
2009-2010: Freelance photographer, working on a project documenting the plight of Iranian refugees in Turkey.
2005-2009: Fars News Agency (Tehran) as Photographer for the semi official Iranian news agency.
2004-2005: “Hoze Honari Organization” (Culture Center) in Mazandaran north Iran. Photographer. Sari, Iran.
2014- Top 30 Under 30 Magnum Photos, The Photography Show, NEC Birmingham.
2012- DN photo exhibition at Photo Video in Oslo, Norway.
2011- Photo exhibition at the Mai senteret in Lørenskog, Norway.
2010- Photo exhibition at the gallery Hofficina Art in Rome, Italy.
2010- Ian Parry Award Exhibition, Getty Images Gallery, London, England (group).
2008- Photo exhibition “Hajj” in Tehran, Iran. September.