Born in 1963 in the city of Khorramshahr in southwestern Iran, Jassem Ghazbanpour began his career as a combat photographer after his native city was occupied by Saddam Hussein’s forces during the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s. His many published books and his individual and collaborative work include The Book of Iranian Architects, Khorramshahr Martyrs & Brigade 22, Sky and Earth: Tehran Under Missile Attack, Persian Garden, Desert Storm: The War in the Persian Gulf, and A Photo ,Report On the Chemical Massacre at Halabje. Outside Iran, exhibitions of his work have been shown in France, Italy, Armenia, Indonesia, Japan and at the Asia Society in New York. His photographs have appeared in such venues as El Pais, ABC, and the Independent. Ghazbanpour lives and works in Tehran.