Yalda Pashai born in Iran, moved to Canada early in her adolescence for further education, where she found her passion in photography.  She processes a constant desire for knowledge and understanding in photojournalism and the creative arts. Yalda graduated with a BFA in Photography Studies from Ryerson University in Toronto. Fluent in English, Farsi, Azeri and Turkish, Yalda lived in different countries as a child where she understood the importance of culture and the effects of language barriers. This has greatly influenced her work and to travel, using photography as a powerful tool to tell the story of others.
 
image@yaldapashai.com
 

Education:
Bachelor of Fine Arts:
Image Arts; Photography Production, Ryerson University, Toronto, 2011

Group Exhibitions:
PhotoIreland Festival: Homeless Gallery,
D-Light Studio, Dublin Ireland (2012)
HeadOn Photo Festival: Burn in Print,
Bondi Pavilion, Sydney Australia (2012)
Being She: The Culture of Women's Health,
Gladstone Hotel, Toronto Canada (2011)
Thesis Exhibition; Maxex,
Gladstone Hotel, Toronto Canada (2011)
The Human Subject,
IMA Gallery, Toronto Canada (2011)
Holiday Show,
IMA Gallery, Toronto Canada (2009/10)
Splash: White Wall Review,
Heaslip House, Toronto Canada (2009)
Burn Gallery Show,
Burn Gallery, NYC USA (2009)
Fly with the Cage,
Lennox Gallery, Toronto Canada (2009)
Maximum Exposure,
Lennox Gallery, Toronto Canada (2009)
Maximum Exposure,
AWOL Gallery, Toronto Canada (2008)

Publications:
Foto8 Online Magazine,
Illumination, London England (2012 July)
Huffington Post Art,
Illumination, USA (2012 July)
The Ethnic Aisle,
Illumination, Toronto Canada (2012 April)
Persepolis; Tiff,
Shirin Neshat, Toronto Canada (2009 4th Issue)
Anokhi Magazine,
Products, Toronto Canada (2009 Fall/Spring)
Toronto Star,
Fly With the Cage: Selected Iranian Photographer, Toronto Canada (2009 July)
Burn Online Magazine,
School of America, New York USA (2009 May)
McClung’s Magazine,
Photo Spread: Women and Power, Toronto Canada (2009 Spring)
Shahrvand Newspaper,
Demonstration for No War in Iran, Toronto Canada (2008 Aug)

Book Publications:
Magnum Toronto Workshop,
Eli Reed, Rosey (Group, 2011)
Burn.01,
David Alan Harvey, SOA (Cover Page, 2010)
Portfolio 11,
Don Snyder, My Never Ending Story (Group, 2009)
Function Magazine;
Issue 9/10, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University (Group, 2008/09)

Awards:
Digital Photography Workflow; by Photo Democracy (2012 May)
Magnum Photos Scotiabank Scholarship; Magnum Workshop (2011 May)
Lincoln M. Alexander Award; Elimination of Racial Discrimination (2007 Oct)
Canada Day Youth Award; Contribution to multi-culturalism (2007 June)

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