The Lucie Awards, IPA / Founder / Curator
Hossein is the founder and president of the Lucie Awards in New York, Paris Photo Prize and London Creative Awards. In 2003 he started Farmani Gallery in Los Angeles and New York and more recently the Rooftop Gallery in Bangkok.
Hossein has helped to organize numerous Photo Festivals around North America, Europe and Asia. His passion for photography has taken him to all corners of the world, and for the last 20 years he has been lecturing at universities and collages, sharing his appreciation of photography with the next generation.
Hossein has curated over 200 exhibitions internationally. His own collection of photography was called by Getty Museum’s curator “One of the most important private collections of photography in America”. His collection has been featured in many global magazines including Cartier Magazine, Entertainmant Today, Studio, 2 Magazine, Daily Bultin, Venice Magazine, Los Angeles Times, 213, and Hossein himself has been featured on the cover of New York Times business section.
As an art envoy for the United States Embassy, Hossein has curated two major traveling Exhibitions and lectured in over 20 universities and high schools in Thailand, Philippines and China, primarily to highlight to youth the importance of studying the arts.
Hossein feels that his biggest accomplishments, however, are his philanthropic works. He is the funder of Focus on AIDS, one of the oldest AIDS organizations in the U.S., and the Lucie Awards, which has become the most important photography awards in the industry.