Born in the Iranian city of Tabriz in 1952, Reza was arrested for the first time at the age of sixteen after the publication of his first kids magazine, Parvaz. Six years later, the Shah’s secret police arrested him again and tortured him for his photographs. After spending three years in prison, he took up his camera again and his job as an architect. Two years after the Islamic revolution, Reza was forced to flee his country because of his photographs depicting the regime’s abuses. Having covered the world for the famous National Geographic since 1991, Reza is also the founder of Aina (The Mirror), an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and empowerment of children and women. The NGO aims at contributing to the creation of a free and open society through education, and the use of media and communication.