In her projects, she focuses on women and their appearance in private and public spaces through a documented approach. In “Girls” series, she was interested to depict the personality of girls in their own room. She discovered the comfort zone of these girls is their beds, so she continued this idea in “Wakefulness” series, she searched for beauty among her generations, a notion that she continued in the “HappyVille” series, the appearance of the young women on their wedding day. Her enthusiasm to photograph her surrounding environment evolved when she started working at school and led to “End of Class” series in which elementary school students were playing with their shadows in the light of the dimmer. In “Playtime” series she showed the transition period of high school students from being a teenager to an adult. This was the inspiration for her last project; she followed the girls after their graduation to capture the change in her relationship with them through the years.

She exhibits regularly in Tehran and has taken part in several international group exhibitions in the US, England, France, Kuwait, UAE, The Netherlands, Turkey and Germany. In addition, her works has been published in different books and magazines.

She lives and works in Tehran.

Curriculum Vitae

Mahboube Karamli (Garamli)
1985 Tehran, Iran
Contact Number: +98 912 370 9607
Email address: [email protected]

Educational Background

2021: MA, photography, University of Art, Tehran, Iran
2008: BA, Photography, Azad Art and Architecture University, Tehran, Iran

Solo Exhibitions

2019. O Gallery. Tehran, Iran (Upcoming)
2016: HappyVille, Ag Galerie, Tehran, Iran

Selected Group Exhibitions

2023: Vital Space, Iranian Women Photographers, bienalsur, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2023: Let Us Believe in the Down of Spring: Portraits from Iran, Online-Exhibition, Curated by Anahita Sadighi
2022: Blurring the lines, Tarık Zafer Tunaya Kültür Merkezi, İstanbul, Turkey
2022: Blurring the lines, Online + Palazzo Michiel, Venice, Italy
2018: Tehran Monoxide Project, Silk Road Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2017: Small Image, Large Reflection, Ag Galerie, Tehran, Iran
2016: Small Image, Large Reflection, Ag Galerie, Tehran, Iran
2011: 18×13 Portrait, Etemad Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2010: I Am Not Half the Man I Used to Be, Dar Al Funoon Gallery, Kuwait
2010: New Folder 01, Silk Road Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2010: Public lives Private Spaces, New Art and Digital Media from Iran, Alphonse Berber Gallery, Berkeley, California, USA
2009: United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN–HABITAT), University of Westminster, London, UK
2009: 30 Years of Documentary Photography in Iran, Lamonnaie de Paris, France
2009: Off the Loom: The Persian Carpet in Contemporary Iranian Art, Assar Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2008: After the Revolution: Contemporary Photography from California and Tehran, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, California, USA
2008: Negah, Niavaran Palace, Tehran, Iran
2005: Silver Surface, Iranian Photographers Center, Tehran, Iran


2017: This Art Fair, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2017: Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE
2011: The Third Fadjr International Festival of Visual Arts, Tehran, Iran
2009: Paris Photo, Carousel du Louvre, Paris, France
2008: Eleventh Photography Biennial, Saba Cultural Center, Tehran / Yazd Museum of Contemporary Art, Iran
2006: Tenth Photography Biennial, Saba Cultural Center, Tehran, Iran Teaching Experiences
2023: Visiting Lecturer at University of Art, Tehran, Iran
2009-present: Photography Instructor, Manzoumeh Kherad Institute, Farzanegan I High School, Farzanegan II High School, Tehran, Iran


2022: Blurring the lines, Shortlist
2021:, founded by DAAD, Dortmund, Germany
2019:, founded by DAAD, Dortmund, Germany
2018: Cite International Des Arts, Paris, France
2017: Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize 2017 Shortlist, London, UK
2007: 3rd Place, Iranian Students, Photography Festival (Aseman), Mashhad, Iran


2023: Breathing Space: Iranian Women Photographers Thames & Hudson
2023: Espace Vital: Femmes Photographes Iraniennes Editions Textuel
2023: Let Us Believe in the Dawn of Spring: Portraits from Iran Fotografiska
2017: Tajrobeh/Issue No.49, Photos of 1395, pp. 242 – 256
2015: Herfeh-Honarmand/Issue No.56, Women Against Women 2, Hadi Azari, pp. 23 – 29
2015: Herfeh-Honarmand/Issue No.56, Quick look at a selection of contemporary Iranian Photography, Ghazleh Hedayat, pp. 46 – 63
2014: No.16
2014: Evident & Latent, Tehran, Iran, pp. 340 – 341
2012: Herfeh-Honarmand/Issue No.40, Fine Art photography in Iran after 1376, Mehran Mohajer, pp. 100 – 108
2011: No.14
2011: LA Photographie Iranienne, SilkRoad Gallery Et Loco, Paris, France, pp. 34 – 35
2009: VARIATO/Issue No.02, Assar Art Gallery, pp. 54 – 59
2007: Photo Book, The 7th Amateur Photography Contest of Abrang, Mashhad, Iran, pp. 60 – 61
2006: Herfeh-Honarmand/Issue No.15, pp. 43 – 52