Aydin Matlabi was born in Tehran and grew up in Montreal. Between 2006 and 2009, he made several trips to Iran on a quest for his identity and discovered the social and political realities of this paradoxical country, which seemed at once familiar and foreign. Matlabi uses photography in two ways, as a medium of expression and as a tool for investigating the contemporary world. His Western education led him to take inspiration from the conventions of portrait photography and of nineteenth-century realist painting, in particular from Édouard Manet, whose example he followed in depicting
everyday life. In portraying the country’s individuals, landscapes and street scenes, he captured the humanity of a society stereotyped by Iran’s Islamic Revolution.