Ashkan Sahihi (b. Tehran, 1963) is a photographer known for his unique work: prisoners on death row, hip hoppers, writers, female soldiers, explorations of the facial expressions of people under the influence of various drugs they are trying for the first time.

 

Sahihi’s family left Iran for Germany when he was seven; he moved to New York in 1987 and subsequently created photographs for the weekend magazines of Die Zeit and Süddeutsche Zeitung, Spiegel and GEO, the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, and Vogue.

 

His work was presented at New York’s Andrea Rosen Gallery in 2000 and featured in shows at MoMA PS1 in New York, the Berlin Academy of Arts, Macro in Rome, and elsewhere.

 

His most recent works include a portrait of Berlin comprising 350 photographs of women living in Berlin, a collection of nude portraits of Berlin men, and a series capturing the process of surgery.