|Born on 23rd August in Orumieh, Iran.|
|1975/78||Studies filmmaking in Rome, Italy. Higher diploma in cinematography.|
|1978/79||Returns to Iran and covers the political developments and revolution. Starts working with Agence France Presse (AFP) and several Iranian publications, including Iranweek and Aftab.|
|1979/85||Correspondent for Sipa Press and Black Star in Iran.|
|1980/83||On assignment for Newsweek in Iran, hostage story.|
|1983/85||Correspondent for Time, Life Magazine in Iran.|
|1985||Correspondent for Keystone Agency, based in Paris.|
|1986/87||Correspondent for Sipa Press in Los Angeles, USA.|
|1987/90||Director of AFP Photo Department for Central America, based in Costa Rica.|
|1990/95||AFP correspondent for Northern Africa and the Middle East, based in Cairo.|
|1995/96||Director of AFP Photo Department for the Middle East, based in Jerusalem.|
|Sept. 1996||Severely wounded whilst covering a confrontation between Israelis and Palestinians in Ramallah, West Bank. Spent the next 18 months rehabilitating in the military hospital Hôpital des Invalides in Paris.|
|1998/01||Photographer for AFP, based in Paris.|
|Feb. 2000||Wounded whilst covering the visit of French Premier, Lionel Jospin, in Ramallah.|
|2002/06||Founder and director of AINA Photojournalism Institute, Kabul.
Different assignments in Afghanistan for WFP, UNESCO, and UNAMA as United Nations international monitor for the 2002 Loya Jirga elections.
Assignments for National Geographic in France, Syria, Sudan and Turkey.
Teacher at World Press Photo Master Class in Amsterdam and Cairo.
|2006/08||Creation and Head of Photo Unit at UN-OCHA/IRIN, the United Nations humanitarian news agency, in Nairobi.|
|2009/10||Assignment for National Geographic Magazine France in Abu Dhabi. Tutor for 15 Middle Eastern regional photographers in Cairo for Al-Liquindoi. Assignments for the United Nations and USAID in Kenya, Somaliland and Punt land|
|2011-2014 Middle East Regional Photo Editor for the Associated Press (AP), based in Cairo.
2015- Freelancing, based in Puglia, Southern Italy