Ali Tahayori

Ali TAHAYORI was born in Shiraz, Iran (1980) and is now based in Gadigal country (Sydney, Australia). He is currently in the final year of his Master of Fine Art in Photomedia at National Art School in Sydney. Ali learned analog photography and darkroom techniques in his hometown, Shiraz, where he spent countless hours in his darkroom and worked as a freelance photographer until he moved to Australia in 2007. Upon his arrival to Australia and after a period of self-discovery and not practising, he returned to his passion for photography, and since, he has been working as an interdisciplinary artist in Sydney. His practice ranges from conceptual photography to the moving image, installation, sound and performance. His work explores the nature and possibility of still and moving images to represent traumatic memories. Ali uses archival materials, narrative fragments and performative modalities to explore themes of identity, home, migration and displacement.

His current practice focuses on Catoptrics, that deals with phenomena of reflected light and image-making optical systems using mirrors. Drawing on his Cultural heritage, his research incorporates the ancient Iranian philosophies of light and mirrors and pushes the boundaries of a traditional craft – Āine-Kāri – with a historical decorative function, to re-define its role within a contemporary art setting

Ali is the winner of 2021 Bowness Photography Prize's Smith and Singer People's Choice Award and received highly commended honourable mention for his work Sisterhood. He was also a finalist at Blacktown City Art Prize in 2021. 


Ali Tahayori

Born. Shiraz, Iran (1980)

Lives and works in Gadigal land, Sydney, Australia since 2007


2022          Master of Fine Art (Photomedia), National Art School, Sydney (final year)

2003          Graduate Certificate (Photography), Sepid-o-Siyah Art School, Shiraz, Iran            


2022        ‘Retrograde//Anterograde’, Airspace Projects, Sydney, Australia (upcoming group show-April 2022)

2022         ‘Sisterhood’, group show, Kudos Gallery, Sydney, Australia (upcoming)

2022         ‘What Comes Afterwards’, solo show, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2021         William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, group show, Monash    Gallery of  Art,  Melbourne, Australia   

2021         Blacktown City Art Prize, The Leo Kelly Blacktown Art Centre, Sydney, Australia 

2020         ‘March Arts’, RPAH , Sydney, Australia

2004         ‘Plastic’, Vessal Gallery, Shiraz, Iran

2003         Graduate Exhibition, Sepid-o-Siyah Gallery, Shiraz, Iran 


2021         William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, Smith and Singer People's Choice Award, Winner 

2021         Colour Factory MGA, highly commended Honourable mention

2021         Blacktown City Art Prize, Finalist

2020        March Arts Photography Prize, Sydney, Australia, Winner


2018         March Arts, Sydney Local Health District, Sydney, Australia 


Private collections in Australia and Iran


2021         Ali Tahayori  and Justine Varga in conversation with MGA director, Anouska  Phizacklea on Alternative Photographic Processes


2021        Sisterhood reviewed in December 2021 by Capture Magazine;

2021        Sisterhood reviewed on 7th December 2021  by Australian Photography Magazine;

2021        Sisterhood reviewed in December 2021 by the Australian Arts Review; 

2021        Featured in The Guardian Australia, The 2021 Bowness Photography Prize, Finalists in pictures;

2021        Featured in The Age, All the emotions are documented in the best photos of 2021; 


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