Ramin Hashempour is an Iranian/Canadian photographer, focusing on fine art, humanitarian and documentary photography.
As a fine art photographer he brings new perspectives to visual expressions of culture, exploring the dynamic between diverse people, lifestyles and communities. As a humanitarian artist, Ramin takes images that highlight human rights issues, capturing moments that illustrate freedom of speech and sustainable development, as well as the devastating impact of armed conflict, poverty, child abuse, landmines and human trafficking.
Ramin began taking photographs as a boy, later developing his skills through academic degrees in photography, film, media and communication from Ryerson University in Canada. He began his career as a studio and modeling photographer, also working on film crews for Toronto-based production companies. But Ramin quickly realised he wanted to use photography to support the most vulnerable, and focused his career on social documentaries and photojournalism, working as a freelancer for different media outlets.
As his interest in international affairs and humanitarian work grew, Ramin began a master’s degree in Global Diplomacy at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London. He also started working with various humanitarian and non-governmental organisations in different countries, including Afghanistan, Kenya, Nepal, Myanmar, Egypt, Cambodia, Jordan, Nigeria and Syria, both as a photographer and as an aid-worker. Fluent in Persian, Turkish, English, Azeri and Arabic, Ramin is able to build trust among the communities he supports and the people he photographs.
Ramin has received recent recognition for his photography, including Finalist, Hamden International Photography Awards (HIPA, 2016); Winner, SOAS Imagenation Awards (2015); Third Place, Editorial War & Conflict at the International Photography Awards (2014), and two Marks of Excellence, for Portrait Photography at the International Photography Awards (2014), and Child Photography, from Leica Bernark (2014). His photographs have been published across a variety of media platforms, including the BBC (Persian Service) and ICRC websites, the Daily Telegraph and the World Bank Annual Report 2013.
Ramin currently works as an aid-worker and visual artist in Nigeria.