Featured Photographer: Farhad Ghaderi


Photographer's often draw on various skills and techniques when creating an image. They combine their knowledge from one subject to give them a better understanding of another. Such is true in the case of Farhad Ghaderi, who uses his knowledge of cinematography to influence his style of photography. With a collection of images that look like stills straight out of a movie, it's clear to see this connection in his emotive fine-art pieces.

Discover more about Farhad's work, his weapons of choice (gear), and how his work as a cinematographer has helped him understand lighting for photography...



Image by Farhad Ghaderi

Images by Farhad Ghaderi


Where are you from?

I’m half Iranian half Mexican but was born and raised in Mexico City. 


When/how did you get into photography?

I first got into photography when I was 15 years old. I was living alone in France and my dad sent me a small point and shoot, which I used to keep myself busy and overcome a small depression period. However, it was until the end of high school and beginning on university that I decided to be serious about it. 


"I try to use natural and available light always, and nature is usually a huge component of my photography."


Tell us about your style of photography?

In all honesty…I don’t think I have a very defined style… I like to think that my work will keep transforming as I grow older. My subjects change all the time. I was super into street photography at the beginning, then I moved to digital conceptual fine art, then to landscapes and now I’m in love with more intimate portraiture, the moments in between. On the other hand, I try to use natural and available light always, and nature is usually a huge component of my photography. 


Image by Farhad Ghaderi

Image by Farhad Ghaderi

Images by Farhad Ghaderi


What camera equipment are you currently using and why?

I shoot mostly on a Canon AE-1 and Nikon F3 HP for 35mm film, both with a 50mm f1.4. I use the 50mm mostly because of its versatility and of course, because I can’t afford more lenses. For Digital, I shoot on my beloved Canon 6D and a 50mm f1.4 or a 24-70 f2.8. I just recently got into medium format film, and I use the Mamiya RZ67 which is just spectacular! 



Where are you getting inspiration/influence for your images?

Oh no! That’s one of the hardest questions to answer! I think it comes from many different places. First of all, just daily things, little moments that sometimes just seem more important than others, I try to portray the moments that make me the happiest…or the opposite. 
I’m undoubtedly influenced by film and music. Nowadays I find most of my inspiration in fellow photographers and cinematographers. People who are my age or a bit older, but that are creating really powerful art. 


Images by Farhad Ghaderi

Images by Farhad Ghaderi

Images by Farhad Ghaderi


"Being a cinematographer pushes you to learn about light in the most meticulous and poetic ways."


Your images make a great use of location, natural light, and coloring. Can you tell us more about your processes when planning these kinds of shots?

To be honest, there’s not much planning involved. It is usually just locations that I stumble upon with friends, and we just try many different things in the moment. If I shoot digital, I’ll probably take a ridiculous amount of photos, and then spend hours or even days just going through them until I find something I like. 
There’s a few shots I actually plan, and it depends on what it is for, but in general, I try to find locations with great or interesting available light. Location Scouting is key! Makes your job easier. 


How does your work as a cinematographer impact your photography work?

It is hard sometimes to focus on both, so whenever I start preparing or working on a film, I’ll barely take photos and viceversa, except for the occasional snap. My work as a cinematographer has definitely pushed me to understand light better. Before I’d just rely on the light meter on the camera and light was a matter of mere exposure. Being a cinematographer pushes you to learn about light in the most meticulous and poetic ways. So in that matter, it’s definitely improved my photography. Working with a crew has also made me appreciate both being surrounded by a passionate team and how much collaboration can make your work insanely better, and at the same time, I can appreciate more just being me alone with a small camera. 


Images by Farhad Ghaderi

Images by Farhad Ghaderi

Images by Farhad Ghaderi


Tell us about your philosophy of how to shoot great images.

That’s the daily struggle. I am still trying to figure it out. I thinks it’s all about trying to connect with whatever you’re shooting. It doesn’t matter if your photography work is “utterly objective” or voyeuristic or whatnot. If you don’t try at least to understand what’s in front of you, you won’t be able to portray it justly. It’s a matter of caring and curiosity in my opinion. 


What are you using to edit your images?

Lightroom mostly. Haven’t used Photoshop in a while. 


Images by Farhad Ghaderi

Images by Farhad Ghaderi

Images by Farhad Ghaderi


What do you do when you’re not shooting?

I am currently finishing my bachelor of fine arts in film, so school kind of drains all my energy. If not, I’ll be watching some movie, or craving tacos. Or just frolicking around with my girlfriend and/or brother :) 


Do you have a favorite image that you've taken? (if so, can you send it to us)

That usually changes all the time. Some images that I loved two years ago, I hate now. 



 Farhad Ghaderi Self Portrait
Farhad Ghaderi - Self Portrait
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