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Photographers

 

 

Babak A. Tafreshi is an award winning photographer working with the National Geographic, Sky&Telescope magazine, and the European Southern Observatory (ESO). He is the founder and director of The World at Night (TWAN) international photography program. Babak is also a freelance science journalist and astronomy communicator using all media. Born in 1978 in Tehran he lives in Boston but could be anywhere on the planet, from the Sahara to the Himalayas or Antarctica. He is a board member of Astronomers Without Borders organization, an international organization to bridge between cultures and cinnect people around the world through their common interest to astronomy. He received the 2009 Lennart Nilsson Award, the world's most recognized award for scientific photography, for his global contribution to night sky photography. Since TWAN was designated as the first Special Project of International Year of Astronomy 2009, Tafreshi cooperated with the International Astronomical Union and UNESCO as a project coordinator for IYA2009. As a science journalist he has contributed to many television and radio programs on astronomy and has interviewed world-renowned astronomers and space scientists. When living in Iran he was editor of the Persian astronomy magazine (Nojum) for a decade and has been a board member of the Astronomical Society of Iran's outreach committee were he directed many national astronomy events.

Babak started photography of the night sky above natural landscapes and historic architecture in the early 1990s when he was a teenager. He has always been fascinated by the universality of the night sky; the same sky appearing above different landmarks of the world. He connects with world-wide astronomy community through science journalism and his presentations and educational workshops. Photography, science stories, and eclipse chasing has taken him to all of the continents.

 

     

 

 

Babak Amintafreshi
babaktafreshi@gmail.com


 

Oshin D. Zakarian began his career in photography in 1992. He is completely devoted to photography of all kinds including nature, architecture, industry and products, people and portraiture. But Zakarian's main interest is in capturing nature and historical landmarks at night during astronomical events. Zakarian is one of the main members of The World at Night (TWAN) international photography project since the launch of the program in 2007. He feels that a strong emotional connection with nature helps a photographer produce greater impact in his photographs. His passion for imaging monuments of different cultures under the same starry sky has led him on many adventures. He particularly enjoys the deep blue light of twilight and the first and last light of the day in nature. He has a special eye for black and white photography and he often shuns today's common digital equipment in favor of traditional medium format film cameras. His photographs have appeared in many publications and on calendars as well as in America's best-known astronomy magazines. His work has been exhibited in Iran and in several European countries. Zakarian particularly enjoys capturing images of lonely trees standing amidst the trails of stars circling above them. He imagines the tree branches as the hands of a person stretching upward to touch the stars, while the tree's trunk connects Heaven and Earth. When photographing a historical monument with the stars above he can feel the passage of time -- the time that has passed since the monument was built. When the weather is good for photography, Zakarian will rarely be spotted in the city and whenever the weather is nice for photography, hardly anyone can find him in city. You can also follow his activities on:

 

  

 

 

Oshin D. Zakarian
oshinvelvia@yahoo.com 


 

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