Mohammad Reza Salehi was born in 1992 in the Iranian city of Ahvaz, four years after the end of the Iran-Iraq war. The city of Ahwaz is the capital of Khuzestan province, which is located near the Iraqi border and has been severely affected by the war. Mohammad Reza grew up surrounded by the consequences of this war. Through these experiences, he was inspired by the culture of contemporary human life, the environment and their interactions.
Due to the security situation and the low value of photography in his hometown, he encountered serious and vulnerable problems several times while shooting in the streets, but he only tried to do his photography with more attention and effort. In 2014, he joined the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) as a news photographer. It was a decision that changed everything for him. Enter places he did not even know before and was not allowed to enter, and each new place was like a riddle.
In 2016, after completing his university studies in metallurgy, he turned to photography and worked in various other news agencies such as the Young Journalists Club ( YJC ) , Mizan and Radio and TV ( IRIB ) , and various images of the culture of human life, social and environmental crises. He participated in various domestic and foreign festivals and won awards that were a great motivation and success for him to continue his photography activities in the future.