Nasrollah Kasraian (Persian: نصرالله کسرائیان, born 1944 in Khorramabad, Iran) is an internationally renowned Iranian photographer and has been called the "father of Iranian ethno-photography". He and his wife, anthropologist Ziba Arshi, have documented the lives of various populations living within the borders of Iran, while publishing more than 40 books and various other media. Kasraian's work on the Turkman's of Iran has been adapted for the screen by Babek Karimi  His work has initiated new branches of research, such as anthropological studies of Kurdistan, and influenced a generation of Iranian photographers.
Due to this work and the work of his brothers, all equally engaged in the arts, the family has had a strong impact on the contemporary art.
Nasrollah Kasraian is married to Ziba Arshi, an anthropologist who accompanies him on his expeditions and collaborates with him in the publication of his works. They have three daughters and live in Tehran.
Kasraian travels around Iran taking pictures of all ethnic groups and publishes them in photobooks often dedicated to specific ethnicities. He recounts having used more than 28 cars during the years due to his extensive trips to remote areas of the country. The pictures are typically supplemented by detailed texts about everyday life, culture and history of the ethnic group, often written by Kasraian's wife Ziba Arshi, whose view as an anthropologist has had a strong impact on his work. Kasraian's aim is to depict the entire ethnological diversity of Iran, an endeavor generally applauded by Iranian population but not uncontroversial amongst more conservative elements of Iranian society.
A further milestone was the publication of The nomadic people of Iran by Richard Tapper and Jon Thompson with hundreds of photos by Kasraian , whose work has stimulated some of the essays on the tribal peoples of Iran by a dozen anthropologists in the book.
Kasraian's work has been exhibited in various countries, with his first U.S. photography exhibit hosted in 2017 at the University of Maryland.
Published photo booksEdit
- Damavand, 1992, ISBN 964-6194-70-2
- Isfahan, 1999, ISBN 964-6728-08-1
- Persepolis, 5.Auflage: 1998, ISBN 964-416-167-X
- Nomads of Iran, 2001, ISBN 964-416-184-X
- Our Homeland Iran, 2001, ISBN 964-416-170-X
- Tehran, 1990, ASIN B001BTIJYI
- Isfahan, 1990, ASIN 9646728081
- Turkmans of Iran, 1991, ASIN B000MFMJMA
- Masouleh, 2001, ISBN 978-9644161827
- Nature of Iran, 2001, ASIN B00186YSEO
- Balechustan, 2002, ISBN 978-9644162039
- Kurdistan, 1990, ISBN 978-9644162039
- L'iran rurale, 1984, ASIN B0037H8D0W
- Interview in Farsi with English subtitles
- Interview in Farsi
- The photographer's notes
- Kasraian's personal website
- An article about Kasraian on Iranian.com
- Some pictures of the calendar "Bam", dedicated to the city after the earthquake
- The writing of the postscript "The Ship"
- Review of "The nomadic people of Iran"
- (in Persian) Photos from his latest book, Gozaar