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Public Lecture on Fashion Photography

Fashion Photography

Speaker: Houtan Nourian, Photographer and Artist 

Fashion photography has long been underrated by institutions, collectors, and museums on the basis of its commercial connotations and purposes. The fashion image has not been considered on a par with documentary, portrait, or storytelling photography. However, in today’s world, fashion photography has gained prominence as a notable form of image-making by producing some of the most innovative projects in modern visual art. The talk will address fashion photography within the contemporary context of fashion magazines and projects. It will review the evolution of fashion photography through the past seminal steps as well as emergent trends in the broader context of e-commerce. The talk will end with insights into what future might hold for fashion industry in the coming years, followed by a Q&A session.

About the Speaker

Houtan Nourian was born in 1982 in Babol, a northern province of Iran. He graduated from the University of Art, Tehran, and the Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in photography, respectively.  He has conceptualised and delivered diverse projects and held exhibitions in Iran and Europe. His first solo exhibition was at OcchiRossi, the Independent Photography Festival in Rome. In 2014, he participated in an Erasmus course as a guest student for six months at the University of Art and Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf. His residency continues in Cologne where he is pursuing his professional training at an art studio. In 2019, he presented Plastic Portrait and Persōna, a photo-video installation, for the Arte a Domicilio event organized by TAZ (Temporary Art Zone). In 2020, he participated with a photo-video Installation titled LocoEmotion-Apparatus at the Bologna Art Fair and Art City. Since 2017, he has been working as a commercial photographer within the luxury and mode department at the Yoox-Net-A-Porter Group in Bologna.​

The talk will be in English and is open to the public.

Date and Time

14 April 2022; 5 pm (Naryn/Tekeli) and 4 pm (Khorog)

*Ideas presented in this lecture reflect the personal opinion of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Central Asia and/or its employees.