Hossein Farmani

International Design Awards (IDA) / Founder

Hossein Farmani is a creative director, gallerist, exhibition curator, philanthropist and founder and president of the Lucie Awards in New York, International Design Awards, International Photography Awards, Paris Photo Prize, London Creative Awards, Focus on AIDS and Farmani Gallery.
Hossein’s passion for photography has taken him to all corners of the world and he has organized and curated over 200 photographic exhibitions. For the last 20 years, he has been lecturing at universities and colleges, sharing his appreciation of photography with the next generation, as well as being a jury at many festivals and awards like Photo Lucida, Photofest, Arles Photo Festival, Yangong Photo Festival and many more.

Hossein also co-founded the Palm Springs Photo Festival, Snap Orlando, Month of Photography Los Angeles, and the Istanbul Photo Festival. In 2014, Hossein spoke at TEDx ChiangMai and again in 2016 at TEDx Bologna, sharing his passion for photography and design.
More recently, Hossein has curated the Global Climate Change Exhibition for the United Nation at the COP21 in Paris, 2015. As a philanthropist and environmental activist; Hossein has lectured in Universities in over 25 cities globally, using his passion for photography & design to highlight important social issues.