Reza Khatir

Born in 1951 - Switzerland


Reza Khatir was born in July 1951 in Tehran.

In 1968 he moved to England to continue his studies, in 1976 he interrupted his studies of food science at the Polytechnic to devote himself entirely to photography. In 1977, after a stay in Paris, he moved to Locarno and then attended a photography school in Milan. He began his professional career as a photojournalist working on various assignments in the Middle East for major agencies and magazines. Between 1981 and 1992 he worked exclusively with Polaroid film in all formats, and very often with the giant Polaroid 20x24" (50x60cm).

Reza has exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, among which, the National Museum for Photography Bradford, Munich Stadtmuseum, Museo de Arte Contemporanea Madrid, Musée de L'Elysée Lausanne, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City, Hamburger Kunsthalle, and Palace of Expositions Rome. He has published his work in numerous magazines, books and catalogs and has won several international photography awards.

In 1985 he was selected by a panel of curators and art historians as one of the 12 "The New Swiss Photographers" for the magazine DU. In 1991 took part in the official exhibition entitled "Voir La Suisse Autrement" to celebrate the 700th anniversary of Confederation Helvetica. He has also been selected for 3 of the 5 Polaroid volumes "Selections" Polaroid International Collection. In 2001 the work of Reza Khatir was published in the volume Photography 7th Edition, published by Pearson Education, Prentice Hall.

Currently, in addition to his work as a photographer, he is the Photo-Editor for the Swiss weekly "ticinosette" and he is a professor of photography and visual communication at SUPSI (University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland)

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Swiss Press Photo Award 2013 Landesmuseum, Zurich (Switzerland)
Swiss Press Photo Award 2013, Lugano (Switzerland)
Solo Exhibition, Unlimited Grain Gallery, Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
Swiss Press Photo Award 2013, Kafigturm, Bern (Switzerland)
Swiss Press Photo Award 2013, Musee National Suisse, Chateau de Pringins, Pringins (Switzerland)

Swiss Press Photo Award 2012, Landesmuseum, Zurich (Switzerland)
Swiss Press Photo Award 2012, Kafigturm, Berna (Switzerland)
12x7 Museo Casa Cavalier Pellanda, Biasca (Switzerland)
Swiss Press Photo Award 2012, Musee National Swiss, Chateau de Pringins, Pringins (Switzerland)

Al di la del Fiume, Museo Regionale delle Centovalli, Intragna (Switzerland)
Visions Intemporelles, Galerie de la Tour de L’Horloge, Chateau des Ravalet, Tourlaville (Switzerland)

Lattuada’s Photographers, Il Diaframma, Milano (Italy)
Disegnosogno, Museo Casa Pellanda, Biasca (Switzerland)
Fermo Immagine, Matasci Arte, Tenero (Switzerland)

7 fotografi Sbf Museo Comunale Casa Cavalier Pellanda, Biasca (Switzerland)

Fotografie dalla collezione del Museo Cantonale d’Arte, Lugano (Switzerland)

Het Portret Canon Photo Gallery, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Unterwasser-Fotografie Total Galerie Nikon, Zurich (Switzerland)
Polaroid International Collection, Musee de L’Elysee, Lausanne (Switzerland)

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