by Mohamad J. Vajed, M.D.


Hardback / $27.00 / ISBN-13: 978-1-58790-167-6 / 120 pages including text and 45 black and white

photographs (all gelatin silver prints) produced in laser Fultone (Duotone) process and printed on

one side only of 60lb Century Gloss Book paper / Hard Cover with French Jacket, 10 x 12 inches


Black and White Photography: Nature / Still Life / Abstract / Portrait

In images of plants and flower, portraits, and studies of industrial forms, Mohamad is able to bring about the marriage of inner and outer light. The rich and ancient Persian tradition that he embodies transmutes every line of his pictures into something as sublimely beautiful as Arabic calligraphy.  Switching from one art field (medicine) to another (photography) was easy for Mohamad J. Vajed, as both demand discipline and observation. His main focus in photography is light itself, and through careful study and evaluation of existing light, he has, like an alchemist, transformed simple and ordinary subjects into images of exquisite beauty. They provoke thought. A delicate balance of technique and artistry, experienced close up with adequate light, Mohamad’s photographs become, in gray scale, a light symphony of the senses.


Dr. Mohamad J. Vajed, known to his friends as “M.J.”, was born in Iran. After graduation from Tehran Medical School, he came to this country in 1967 and did his post graduate studies at Hektoen Institute in Chicago and the Veterans Administration and Stanford University Hospitals in Palo Alto, California. He moved to Livermore, CA to pursue his career and then joined the Livermore Valley Camera Club. He was impressed and inspired by the work of master photographers Gerry Russell and Myron Heusinkveld, who generously shared their experiences with him. After attending an exhibition of photographs by John Wimberley in 1979, Mohamad saw the expressive values and magical quality of black and white photography. He then put all his efforts into learning the technical aspects of the medium and at the same time refining his vision to see the photographic possibilities. The collection of photographs in this book are the result of two decades of this quest.

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