Bio / C.V

 Growing up after the 1979 Iranian Revolution and during the dark ages of the Iran-Iraq war had a huge impact on Labkhand Olfatmanesh.    As a result, the teenaged Labkhand turned to art as a refuge to express her feelings and frustrations. She carried this talent into university, studying Graphic design and telling intimate stories through close-ups in what would eventually become a series of photo essays.   However, her approach to photography was not favored among her classically trained teachers, so they pushed Labkhand's obvious talent into a more traditional direction, encouraging her to become a photojournalist.     Once Labkhand completed art school, she began to follow her passion again, expressing her deepest, most personal, womanly emotions through her photo essays and expanding her talent with the creation of unique masks.            .


 (Labkhand Olfatmesh)

  • I use photography as a means of self-expression and highlight human feelings emotions. I love to take pictures to identify hidden qualities of my character and the others, to better understand my reality, and to express my interpretation of the world around my feeling and me.  A clearer understanding of myself and of my world allow me to explore fragments of life as an abstract form, and also to interact with people I would otherwise not be able to engage with.      My goal is to use my camera to open an unexplored world, a place of curious self-expression, and most importantly new stories.  


1. 1996 Group exhibition in The Keyhan Gallery in Tehran/ Iran.   

2. 1999 Solo exhibition in The BARG art Gallery in Tehran/Iran   

3. 1999 Group exhibition in The Embassy of Mexico in Tehran.   

4. 1999 Group exhibition in The Mansoure Husseini Art gallery in Tehran/Iran  

5. 1999 Second Annual World Contemporary in L.A California USA  

6. 2001 Solo exhibition in The BARG art Gallery in Tehran/Iran  

7. 2001 Group annual drawing exhibition The BARG Art Gallery in Tehran/Iran.  

8. 2004 Group exhibition in The Ataturk Culture in NICOSIA/CYPRUS.  

9. 2003 Group Exhibition private show Curator Afshin Pirhashemi, Tehran/ Iran.    

10. 10. 2017 LOS ANGELES — The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) and Farhang Foundation presents Focus Iran 2: Contemporary Photography and Video, 

11. 2017 Focus Iran 2: Contemporary photography and Video at UC Irvine, CA 

12. 2018 Through Pro'jekt LA, MOPLA's very own projection series, photography will be projected on walls and outdoor spaces in Los Angeles.

13. 2018 Group exhibition in Tokyo on at the ICA Gallery in Tokyo (Tifa awards winners show)

14. 2018 Exhibition Photo London /Lens culture winners/ Somerset House Photo London.

15. 2018 Exhibition Los Angels center of photography Annual fine art photography.


· Prizes-Awards:

  1. The international library of photography 2005      Editor ‘choice. 
  2. Second place photo contest cash prize from      International Society of Photographers Award winner for photo published in      the deluxe hardbound photography anthology, endless journeys January 31,      (2006) Las Vegas, Nevada (jurors and speakers Bob Gruen and Steven      McCurry)
  3. Honorable Mention in the 1St TIFA Award (2016)
  4. Jury finalist of Focus Iran2: Photography and      Video, an exhibition in collaboration with the Craft & Folks Art      Museum and Farhang foundation (2016) The international jury panel consisted of      photo L.A. executive director Claudia James Bartlett, French-Iranian      photojournalist Reza Deghati, also known as REZA, CAFAM exhibitions      curator Holly Jerger, the J. Paul Getty Museum assistant curator of      photography Arpad Kovacs, American photographer Steve McCurry
  5. Honorable Mention in the Moscow photo Awards      (2017)   
  6. Honorable Mention in the PRIX DE LA      PHOTOGRAPHIE PARIS 2017
  7. Honorable Mention in the 2017 INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD /      FINE ART
  8. Selected artist for      2 annual juried photographic contest at the Artcore Brewery annex, Los  Angels, CA

9. I awarded a winning placement (silver award) in the 2017 Tokyo International Foto Awards, portrait category (Metaphysical Resistant).

10.Selected finalist and The Jurors' Picks of the LensCulture Portrait Awards 2018 by Rebecca Morse Curator Wallis Annenberg Photography Department, LACMA, received grant award.


List of the jurors lens culture portrait 2018 awards:

Rebecca Morse


Wallis Annenberg Photography Department, LACMA

Los Angeles, United States 

Sacha Lecca

Deputy Photo Editor

Rolling Stone

New York City, United States

Siobhán Bohnacker

Senior Photo Editor

The New Yorker

New York City, United States

Christophe Laloi

Co-Founder and Artistic Director

Voies Off Festival

Arles, France

Elena Boille

Deputy Editor-in-Chief and Photo Editor


Rome, Italy

11.Top Prizewinner for “Expanding Boundaries” Third Annual “Fine Art” exhibition Los Angeles Center of Photography. I am honored to have Scott B. Davis from San Diego, CA, as this year’s juror.

Projects and Article 

52 min Documentary by Adam Sabire Oct (2005) From Australia, Echoes across the divide Sponsored by SBS Orchestra, United Nation and High commission in Cyprus and special screening day United Nation HQ, NYC Nov (2007) -Long Distance Call, Bi communal and peace project and by Merlijn Twaalfhoven from Nederland Oct (2005)


1. B.A Graphic Design Azad University Tehran/Iran 1998 

2. Professional Master course Fashion Marketing and Merchandising GAU Cyprus 2003

3. Master Course of Studio photography, London TV and filmmaking 

Academy of London 2005        



 Nation and High commission in Cyprus and special screening day United       

  •  Education:  B.A Graphic Design Azad University /Iran 1998 Professional Master course Fashion Marketing and Merchandising GAU /Cyprus 2003
  •  Master Course of Fashion photography, London TV and filmmaking Academy/ London 2005.         

  • Labkhand still expresses her passion and frustrations about living in a misogynist, traditionally male-dominated society today.  Photography remains the most intimate and comfortable way for her to communicate her emotions with the world around he