Naeem Seirafi (@naeempix)


Photography is the whole world full of adventures, interesting events, stories, games of colors, and light. As one of the most interesting and exciting forms of art, it appeared a long time ago, and to this time has been greatly influencing human life. The adherents of positivism in the 19th century believed that photography is a science that allows us to record reality. Photography, both art and science, has constantly been improved by different artists, inventors, scientists, and engineers. Similarly, making films isn’t just art. It takes years of practice to cultivate a consistent craft and keen eye for filmmaking. It’s what separates great cinematography from cliché movie making. Cinematography is the art and craft of making motion pictures by capturing a story visually. A cinematographer or director of photography is the crew chief that presides over the camera and light crews on a film or video production. They are involved throughout the entire product lifecycle and liaise closely with the director to create the images you see onscreen.


Naeem Seirafi is an American-Iranian Cinematographer known for achieving a distinctive and innovative artistic approach towards photography with almost 14 years of experience. He was born and raised in Tehran. It seems perfection in photography runs in his blood as Seirafi’s father was a highly regarded photographer himself at the time and this heavily influenced Seirafi’s early life. He pursued his passion for photography, with a solid foundation and a degree in Engineering. He proved that he is born with an eye for the picture, by becoming the youngest set photographer of Iranian Cinema at the age of 19.

The power of cinematography consists of evoking emotions of delight, sadness, humor, and fear through the mastery of a cinematic syntax that has been developed for more than a century. Naeem Seirafi perfects the art of creating an elaborate lighting setup and camerawork that provoke emotions and strengthen the plot. Seirafi mastered the art of photography by pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in Cinematography at the prestigious New York Film Academy which was located at Universal Studios in Hollywood at the time. Seirafi attended the NYFA’s inaugural MFA Cinematography class in 2011 and has since joined the International Cinematographers Guild (IASTE Local 600).

Seirafi proved that he is a Great team leader as a cinematographer with global experience, collaborating with different directors in different countries around the globe. His precise artistic and technical decisions related to the image led him to create awareness of  ‘cinematic reality’ by working with distinguished and respected directors.

However, Cinematography ranks among one of the most complex and challenging facets of filmmaking, Seirafi, proved his worth by not only working with iconic celebrity actors such as Val Kilmer, Tom Berenger, Denise Richards, Robert Knepper, Phil Lamar, and Marcus Johns but also his work is recognized and admired around the globe. In 2018, he was one of the nominees for the best cinematography in the Hollywood Dreamz International Film Festival and Writers’ Celebration and Orlando Film Festival. His most recent work as director of photography includes In This Gray Place and 1st Born starring Val Kilmer and Denise Richards, which proves his competence and potentiality. He was the creative tyrant behind this feature film, which is available on all platforms. The movie had a huge success in a lot of festivals including Twin Cities and Dances with Films. His creativity is recently also manifested by Google, as Google verified his name and knowledge panel as a professional cinematographer. He is working as Director of Photography in Payam Films.

Naeem works not only include 1st Born, In This Gray Place, My Favorite Season, A Story of You, but his art is also expressed in the multitudinous number of short films, feature-length films, and television shows. Love Knows No Borders, Enlightened Love, Chippy, Sunken, Nothing happened, Havoc, The Red Booth (TV series), Mimi’s Misadventure, and many more. Mimi’s Misadventure also grabbed the Best Dark Comedy Award at Miami’s Film Festival. American Cinematographer magazine portrayed his remarkable work by publishing his name and work as a successful cinematographer in more than 8 issues.

Passion is a powerful emotion. Passion can drive people to do the best things in life. Passion drives Seirafi to achieve his goals in life. He makes the best out of every experience. Seirafi gave an incredible video which he shot in 25 different cities and made specifically for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) which helps sustain and scale-up its humanitarian operations in the Horn of Africa. Seirafi received a letter of appreciation from the United Nations for that video which is of Sami Yusuf’s ” Forgotten Promises”.

To find more information and see some incredible and well-captured shots, you can follow him on his social media accounts of Facebook, Twitter, and  Instagram.

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