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A Dream of Humanity with Reza


A philanthropist, idealist and humanist, Reza’s career began with studies in architecture. He has gone on to become a renowned photojournalist who, for the last three decades, has worked all over the world, most notably for National Geographic.

His assignments have taken him to over 100 countries as a witness to humanity’s conflicts and catastrophes, and has been celebrated internationally through media, a series of books, exhibitions and documentaries made for the National Geographic Channel.

Join the UC San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities as we welcome Reza to campus as a visiting artist under the Roghieh Chehre-Azad Distinguished Professorship. Reza will bring his unique voice and photography to students, faculty and the greater San Diego community, exploring “A Dream of Humanity.”


  • “Power of Photography for Humanity” public presentation by Reza
    UC San Diego Atkinson Hall Auditorium — Qualcomm Institute
    Monday, April 8, 6 p.m.


  • “A Dream of Humanity” exhibition featuring work by Reza
    April 9 – May 9
    UC San Diego University Art Gallery — Mandeville Center
    Gallery hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 12-4 p.m.
    Opening reception: Saturday, April 13, 5-7 p.m. with opening remarks by Reza


The Roghieh Chehre-Azad Distinguished Professorship was created to foster new projects and future works exploring the music, art, literature and history of Persian culture. It was made possible through the generosity of Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Siavouche “Sia” Nemat-Nasser and his wife Éva to honor the memory of Nemat-Nasser’s mother, a pioneer of women actors of stage and film in Iran.

More on Reza

REZA-AH-website-2X2.jpgAlong with his work as a photographer, since 1983 Reza has been a volunteer committed to the training of youths and women from conflict-ridden societies in the language of images to help them strive for a better world. In 2001, he founded Ainaworld in Afghanistan, a new-generation NGO which trains populations in information and communications through the development of educational tools and adapted media.

While pursuing his reportages for international media outlets, Reza has continued to conduct workshops on the language of images in a variety through his association, the Reza Visual Academy. He works with refugees, urban youths in Europe and others from disadvantaged backgrounds.


During my life I have travelled many roads, which have led to my encounters with children, women, and men whose individual destinies made a deep impression on me. I tell their stories as human beings trapped in the turmoil of the world through the universal language of photography. Beyond borders, cultural diversity, and bloody wars, my images do not give only a sad report of shattered lives. They also testify to the smile behind the tears, to the beauty behind tragedy, and to life, stronger than death. This exhibition is an invitation to a visual and poetic journey through our human family. — Reza

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