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.            .



20. (2019) LOS ANGELES — The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) and Farhang Foundation presents Focus Iran 3: Contemporary Photography and Video,

Los Angeles/CA 


19. (2018) Punch project Juried exhibition and  2018 Barnstorm/ Juror (Ginger Ewing)


18. (2018) Recontres d'Arles, annual summer photography festival

 Arles/ France

17. (2018) Exhibition Los Angels center of photography Annual fine art photography.

Los Angeles /CA 

16. (2018 ) Exhibition Photo London /Lens Culture Portrait award -Somerset House

 London/ UK

15. (2018 )Group exhibition in Tokyo on at the ICA Gallery in Tokyo (Tifa Silver awards winners )


14. (2018) Through Pro'jekt LA, MOPLA's very own projection series, photography will be projected on walls and outdoor spaces in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles/ CA

13. (2017) MIFA winners Exhibition Photo Center Gogolevsky

Simferopol, Ukraine  

12. (2017) Focus Iran 2: Contemporary photography and Video at 

UC Irvine, CA 

11.(2017) LOS ANGELES — The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) and Farhang Foundation presents Focus Iran 2: Contemporary Photography and Video

Los Angeles/CA

10.(2006) Group exhibition Beirut Center of photography   Beirut/Lebanon   


9. (2004 ) Group exhibition in The Ataturk Culture Center  Nicosia,Cyprus

8. (2003) Group Exhibition private show Curator Afshin Pirhashemi Tehran/ Iran

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

6.( 2001) Solo exhibition mixmedia and Installation in The Barg art gallery Tehran/Iran  

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

4. (1999) Group modern art exhibition in The Mansoure Husseini Art gallery  Tehran/Iran  

3. (1999) Group exhibition in The Embassy of Mexico  Tehran/Iran

2. (1999) Solo exhibition Mix Media in The BARG art Gallery  Tehran/Iran   

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


12. (2018) Second prize winner Focus Iran3: Photography and Video, an exhibition in collaboration with the Craft & Folks Art  Museum and Farhang foundation ( Video art collaboration with Gazele Samizay) 

11.( 2018)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.

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

9.(2018) Shortlisted for the Athen Photo Festival 2018/ Benaki Museum

Athen/ Greece

8.(2018) Honorable Mention in the INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD /  FINE ART (Baby-Maybe)

7. (2018)I awarded a winning placement (silver award) in the Tokyo International Foto Awards, portrait category (Metaphysical Resistant).

6. (2017) Selected artist for  2 annual juried photographic contest at the Artcore Brewery annex, Los  Angeles, CA

5. (2017) Honorable Mention in the INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD (Fineart & Portrait)

4. (2017) Honorable Mention in the PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE PARIS 


3. (2017) Honorable Mention in the Moscow photo Awards ( Fine art-Portrait)

3. (2016)Jury finalist of Focus Iran2: Photography and Video, an exhibition in collaboration with the Craft & Folks Art  Museum and Farhang foundation  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.

2. (2016) Honorable Mention in the 1St TIFA Award Tokyo, Japan

1. (2006)Second place photo contest Second prize from  International Society of Photographers Award winner for photo published in as Vegas, Nevada (jurors and speakers Bob Gruen and Steven  McCurry)

Projects and Article 

.(2018) Maiden LA is a rich, county-wide canvas of art events. Taking place in galleries, alternative spaces, and throughout the city itself, the vast panoply of art events is as inclusive as it is eclectic. There are poetry readings, art workshops, glass blowing, films, photographs, performance art. 

  Art performance and street photography/ Video.

. (2005) Photography for 52 min Documentary by Adam Sabire filmmaker From Australia, Echoes across the divide Sponsored by SBS Orchestra, United Nation and High commission in Cyprus.  

.(2007) United Nations HQ, New York - world première screening in the Dag Hammarskjöld Auditorium.

 .(2005) Long Distance Call, Bi communal and peace project  by Merlijn Twaalfhoven from Nederland Sponsored by UN and   Australian high commission in Cyprus.


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


Artist statement

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.  

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 her.