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Kamal Kamal was born in Iran in 1964 and later moved to Canada.
He discovered photography on the streets of Shiraz, where his youth was marked by the Revolution. When he was drafted into the army and while he was stationed for military service during the Iran-Iraq war, he discovered his interest for documentary photography. Under the mentorship of Chehrenegar, a renowned Iranian photographer, Kamal began taking photographs depicting the social and political aspects of life in Ayatollah Khomeiny's Iran and had the opportunity to further his search for his own photographic identity. His principal motivation has been to capture fleeting, historical moments and to share them with a broader public.
Kamal has been a freelance documentary photographer since 1991. Kamal's photographs have been published in a variety of Iranian, North American, and European media, including books, magazines, and newspapers. His work has also been displayed internationally at individual and collective exhibitions and is to be found in several public and private collections.
In 2003, Kamal moved to Montreal, Quebec, where he had the opportunity to learn French and to dedicate himself to a long-term project on cultural identity, in the setting of changing policies on multiculturalism and immigration in Quebec. His intimate documentary work with Stanley Lewis, a renowned Quebec sculptor, garnered Kamal recognition from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, where he was exhibited in 2006. Kamal currently divides his time between Montreal and London, England, where his family resides.
2019 Exil – Peuples d’ici et d’ailleurs & Bridges of Hope
2016 Landscapes, Views and Perspectives
2016 Landscapes, Views and Perspectives. Mount- Royal Park, Chalet du Mont-Royal, Montreal, Quebec. May 9 to October 30, 2016.
2016 2016 Pure Presence, Negahe-no Art Gallery, Isfahan, Iran.
2016 2016 Pow-Wow, Vesal Art Gallery, Shiraz, Fars, Iran.
2014 Photographic exhibition First Nations: Proud of our heritage!
2014 Montreal: Salon des arts autochtones || Aboriginal Arts Fair December 09, 2014 at La Plaza – Holiday Inn Montreal MidTown – Groupe PMG in Montreal, QC.
2014 First Nations: Proud of our heritage! UQAM , MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA
2013 Date December 6, 2013 - September 28, 2014. SNOW: A group exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. An exhibition created by the Canadian Museum of Civilization in partnership with the J. Armand Bombardier Museum. OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA.
2010 Brother Andre, Cote-des-Neiges Community Center, MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA
2010 Horizons and contrasts Mekic Gallery, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2009 AN IMPOSING CITADEL, MAISON DE LA CULTURE DE CÔTE DES NEIGES, MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC, CANADA
2009 Haunting and Intriguing Light in Quebec, Shiraz Azad University, Shiraz, Fars, Iran
2009 IRAN AND INDIA, Mekic Gallery, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2008 Contact Photography Festival, Between Memoir and History, Toronto, ON, Canada,
2006 Stanley Lewis as seen by Kamal, Musée des Beaux-arts de Montréal salon des amis, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2006 2007, Stanley Lewis as seen by Kamal, Galerie Espace Arts de Feu, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2003 A Canadian's View of the World, an Iranian's view of Canada, Calgary, AB, Canada
2002 Art Exhibit annually by the Canada day Committee Calgary & Area. Calgary, AB, Canada
2002 Mysteries of Iran An Enduring Empire, Calgary, AB, Canada
2001 Remembering Persepolis Images From Iran, Calgary, AB, Canada
2001 The People and Architecture of Iran. Calgary, AB, Canada
2001 Collection of Red Flowers in spring in Iran. Calgary, AB, Canada
2000 The People and Ancient Architecture of Iran. Calgary, AB, Canada
1999 Ancient Buildings and the Iranian People
1999 A New Millennium: Multicultural and Spiritual Insights. Calgary, AB, Canada
1999 Abstract Photography and Nature of Iran
1999 Flowers and Old Gardens Slide Show Accompanied by live music
1998 The Gallery art and design, Shiraz, Iran, View of Kurdistan and Kurdish
1997 The sketch Gallery, Shiraz, Iran, View of old Shiraz
1994 International Exhibition Photography, Buras Turkey
1994 Second Festival of Sooreh, Tehran, Iran
1994 First Festival of the War Handicapped, Photography, Tehran, Iran
1994 Forth Festival of Youth Cinema Association, Shiraz, Iran
1994 First Seminar of, Views of Fars Province, Shiraz, Iran
1993 Active Participation in Polish International Exhibition Warsaw, Poland
1993 Salon International D’Art Photography, Orleans, France
1993 First Festival of Youth Cinema Association, Ahvaz, Iran