Abadan, Iran, 1965. Lives and works in Claremont, California.
Raised between Utah, Indiana and Tehran, he graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and later moved to New York to study graphic design and photography. After assistantships with notable photographs Mark Seliger and Bruce Davidson, he moved to Milan where he lived and collaborated in triadic fashion with magazines, designers, and industry. Between 1994 and 2009 he continued his experimentation with street photography. The affect of geographic displacement and the inherent contradictions of cultural identity are themes at the heart of Ramak Fazel’s cultural production. Working within, around and sometimes against the traditions of photography and installation, he has examined the idea of the individual as a reflection of place and an expression of influences. In 2018 his Milan Unit has been exhibited at Pejman Foundation (Tehran) and Viasaterna (Milan). In 2008, Ramak Fazel exhibited his project “49 Capitols,” a photographic essay on his trip through 49 U.S. State Capitols, at Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York City. An installation of his ongoing project “The Business of People” was on exhibition at the Monditalia Section at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition la Biennale di Venezia in 2014. Ramak holds an MFA from CalArts and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. Currently, he’s visiting lecturer at San Francisco Art Institute.