biography

The work of Anoush Abrar could be described as provocative, fun,
creative or unique. Always inspired by his sense of rarity and his appetite for renewal.

Though on the surface his work orients itself in the tradition of fashion photography, by deliberately over- or understating in his images he creates his own and very glamorous signature.

His highly seductive imagery and nose for provocative stories bring a constant new wind to his photography.

Born in Teheran, and studies and internships in Europe and in the US, he spends his time between Lausanne and London.

editorial clients

W Magazine · Wallpaper · Intersection · Vogue (France, Japan) · Vogue Hommes International · Common Senes · New York Magazine · How to Spend it · New York Times ·   Numéro (Paris) · Numéro Hommes · Sunday Times · Vanity Fair UK ·  Financial Time · Frame Magazine · Tokion Magazine · NY Arts Magazine · Next Level Magazine · New York Magazine · Fabric magazine · L’Officiel · Paradis · Libération · M Magazine · Magazine · Nico International · Slash Magazine · Colors · Citizen K · Yummy · Frog · Annabelle · Bolero · Das Magazin · Die Weltwoche · Die Zeit · Edelweiss · Fashion · Femina · Friday · Si-Style · Weltwoche · NZZ · Encore Magazine.

awards | selection

2018
Selected at the National Portrait Gallery Prize (Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize)
2015
Second Winner of the National Portrait Gallery Prize (Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize)
2014
Nominated at the “Prix de L’Elysée”
2013
Third Winner of the National Portrait Gallery Prize (Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize)
2011
Selected at the International Festival of Fashion Photography in Cannes
2010
Leenaards Foundation Grant
Selected at the International Festival of Fashion Photography in Cannes
2009
Hearst 8x10 Photography Biennial
The Collector’s Guide to Emerging Art Photography, NY, USA
2005
International Photography Award IPA 2005
Guess? & W magazine “Behind the lens”
2004
“Art + Commerce 2004 Festival of Emerging Photographers”
“2004 Wraparound photo annual : The year in Vision”
Fnac Photography
Swiss Federal Grant 2004
2003
FIAMH, “VFG”, 8e Prix des Jeunes Talents, Zurich, Switzerland
FIAMH, “Villa Noailles”, 18th International Fashion and Photography, Hyères, France
Swiss Federal Grant 2003
2001
Breguet Watch poster competition, 200e Anniversary of the Tourbillon, Grand prize from the Jury

exhibitions

2018
National Portrait Gallery, London, United Kingdom : “Portrait Prize 2018”
2016
Anonymats d’aujourd’hui, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
2015
National Portrait Gallery, London, United Kingdom : “Portrait Prize 2015”
What are we waiting for, Laleh June Galerie, Bâle, Switzerland
2014
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edingburgh
Death becomes you, Janus Gallery, Montreux, Switzerland
2013
The Youth Code, Christophe Guy Gallerie, Zurich, Switzerland
Mountain Climbers, Design / Miami Basel 2013, Basel, Switzerland
Extravaganza / Le corps mis en scène, Monthey, Switzerland
National Portrait Gallery, London, United Kingdom : “Portrait Prize 2013”
2012
Solo exhibition at Laleh June Galery, Basel
"The Breath On Our Back" exhibition at PhotoforumPasquArt, Bienne
The Youth Code, Dagu Photo Biennale, Daegu 
South Korea
2011
"Rose Mediative" exhibition at Laleh June Galery, Basel
9th International Festival of Fashion Photography, Cannes, France
2010
"BE BLUE" exhibition at Laleh June Galery, Basel
8th International Festival of Fashion Photography, Cannes, France
2009
Part of Phillips de Pury & Company auction London : “NOW: Art of the 21st Century”
New York Photo Festival : NYPH09
Alexey Brodovitch Gallery and at Hearst Tower, NY, USA : “Hearst 8x10 Exhibition”
Albin O Kuhn Library and Gallery Albin O Kuhn, USA : “ReGeneration, 50 Photographers of Tomorrow, 2005-2025”
Hoffman Gallery , Portland, USA : “ReGeneration, 50 Photographers of Tomorrow, 2005-2025”
2008
Miami Dade College, Miami, USA : “ReGeneration, 50 Photographers of Tomorrow, 2005-2025”
Muséedel’Elysée,Switzerland :“TeenCity”
Laleh June Gallery, Basel, Switzerland : “June Begins”
Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, USA : “ReGeneration, 50 Photographers of Tomorrow, 2005-2025”
DeVos Art Museum, USA : “ReGeneration, 50 Photographers of Tomorrow, 2005-2025”
2007
Fette Gallery, Los Angeles, USA : “Fette’s Gallery One Year Anniversary”
Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, Autralia : “Girl Parade”
London, United Kingdom : “The Brick Lane Gallery”
Aftermodern Gallery, San Francisco, USA : “Delicate Triangle”
Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, USA : “ReGeneration, 50 Photographers of Tomorrow, 2005-2025”
Fette Gallery, Los Angeles, USA : “Bizarre Love Triangle”
2006
National Portrait Gallery, London, United Kingdom : “Portrait Prize 2006”
Boston Art Institut of Boston, USA : «”ReGeneration, 50 Photographers of Tomorrow, 2005-2025”
Pingyao International Photography Festival , CHINA : “ReGeneration, 50 Photographers of Tomorrow, 2005-2025”
Historisches museum St-Gallen, Switzerland : “Dresscode”
Geneva, Switzerland : “Dialectic” solo exhibition
Swiss National Museum, Zurich, Switzerland : “Preview”
Biennal internationale de l’image de Nancy, Nancy, France : “The Deadly Sins”
“ReGeneration, 50 Photographers of Tomorrow 2005-2025”, Exhibition at the Aperture Gallery, New York, USA
2005
Gallery Carla Sozzani, Milan, Italy : “ReGeneration. 50 Photografi di domani, 2005-2025”
“Espace Abstract” Solo Exhibition
10e Edition du Festival Voies Off, Rencontre photographiques d’Arles, France
“New Photographers 2006”, Curated by Getty Images and presented at the “Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival 2005”, France
“ReGeneration. 50 Photographers of Tomorrow, 2005-2025”, Exhibition at the Musée de l’Elysée, Switzerland
Klubfoto Hamburg, Germany : “Respect
Spike Gallery New York, Usa : “Guess? & W magazine Behind the lens”
Scène national de Chambéry, France : “Retro-Prospective”
2004
“Soirée Shot ‘04”, Zurich, Switzerland
Harold’s Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Museum Bellerive, Zurich, Switzerland : “Swiss Design 2004 – Innovation”
Tabacco Warehouse, New York, USA
HGK, Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, Basel, Switzerland
“Maison Européenne de la photographie”, Paris, France
HGKL, Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, Lucerne, Switzerland
CEPV Ecole d’art appliqués Vevey, Switzerland : “Renc’art” CEPV
2003
Image House Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
MUDAC, exhibition at the museum of contemporary art, Lausanne, Switzerland
Artone Gallery, Exhibition in Zurich, Switzerland
VFG «The Selection», exhibition in Zurich, Switzerland
FIAMH, Villa Noailles, Hyères, France : “18th International Fashion and Photography”
Swiss Cultural Center in Paris, France
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland : “10th birthday”
2002
Rome, Italy : “Fotoestordito 2002”
Swiss Cultural Center in Paris, France : “Pro Helvetia”

This site uses cookies to provide you an optimal browsing experience. By continuing to visit this site, you agree to the use of these cookies.