256 self-portrait from
205 Iranian artists


In Iranian art, there is a visual tradition of self-portraiture. From the Shah of Iran to today’s artists. Here is a visual history of self-portrait in Iran from 1840 until 2016.
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This is a remarkable collection of 256 self-portraits by Iranian artists.



A visual history of self-portrait in Iran by 205 artists splits by 51 Iranian women artists and 154 Iranian men artists.


Years of history

Self-portrait of Naser al-Din Shah Qajar, Mohammad Ghafari Kashani (Kamal-ol-Molk), Abbas Katouzian, Parviz Tanavoli, Aidin Aghdashlo, and many more.


Years of research

Iranian self-portrait through a new light by Shahrouz Mohajer.

At the glance

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The art of self-portraiture

Exploring the evolution of the self-portrait

Self-portraits have mesmerising ability to capture your imagination. A self-portrait is a representation of the self (inner image) that can sometimes move away from referring to or reflecting the self, and instead be anachronistic, or contain layers of “self-referentiality”. The Portrait of Painter book is the first attempt to present Iranian self-portraits.

At the glance

256 self-portraits from 205 artists

A visual history of self-portrait in Iranian painting

Iranian self-portrait or in Farsi “khod negareh” -خودنگاره- painting in its recent and proper sense emerged during the Safavid dynasty and went on to its peak during the Qajar era, particularly since the reign of Nasser Al-Din Shah. This book, for the first time, maps the history of self-portraiture in Iran from 1840 – 2016.

The first part of the book presents pieces from Iranian old masters (1840 - 1900).

First-ever catalogue of self-portrait 51 Iranian women artists and 154 Iranian men artists.

The artists born between 1900 and 1940 are the subject of the second part.

It contains modern art movements by artists born between the 1940s and 1970s.

The last pieces belong to contemporary Iranian artists born in the 1980s.


Self-Portrait, Selfie, Self

Exploring self-portrait of Iranian painters

A self-portrait is a mirror that reflects the artist’s thoughts, ideas, emotions and beliefs. See this through artists’ eyes such as (in no particular order) Naser al-Din Shah Qajar, Mohammad Ghafari Kashani (Kamal-ol-Molk), Esmail Ashtiani, Mehdi Vishkai, Abbas Katouzian, Parviz Tanavoli, Kambiz Derambakhsh, Nahid Haghighat, Gizella Varga Sinai, Farideh Lashai, Koroush Shishegaran, Ane Mohammad Tatari, Shideh Tami, Saghar Pezeshkian, Mahnaz Pesikhani, Farsad Labbaf, Elahe Heidari, Behnam Kamrani, Dariush Hosseini, Farokh Mahdavi, Mahdi Rahemi, Farshido Larimian and many more (see the full list).

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