Forough Alaei


Forough Alaei was born in 1989 in Iran, where she studied law. She was also a keen painter. 

When undertaking her undergraduate studies, she began to recognize the enormous inequality faced by women. Searching for a new avenue to express these thoughts, she turned to photography. As a painter, she had a keen eye for color and framing; and as a law student, she was versed on the difficulties facing Iranian women.

Alaei started photography in 2015 and become a photojournalist for Donya-e-Eghtesad newspaper, the most famous economic daily in Iran. In a short time, she became fond of documentary photography and filmmaking.

Based on her background, as well as research interests, she explores issues related to humanity and social matters with a special focus on women’s right. Her work follows Iranian female football fans who are banned from entering the stadiums. Forough is subject to many risks while carrying out her projects, which can be considered a sign of her passion for giving a voice to her subjects.

World Press Photo Involvement: 
Award-winning photographer 2019 Photo Contest

Forough Alaei on Social Media:
Instagram: @foroughalaei 
Twitter: @foroughalaei

Forough Alaei

Photo credit: Fatemeh Behboudi