Kamran Adle went to elementary school in Tehran and his high school years were spent partly in Tehran and partly in France. He holds a diploma from the technical college of photography in France.
After receiving his diploma, he began work at Hamele, the largest developing and printing laboratories in Europe, in the large format photographic printing department. After spending six months with Hamele, he became assistant to Jack Rouchon in fashion photography. But, this profession failed to satisfy his searching spirit and he returned to Tehran in 1968, at the invitation of the newly established National Iranian Radio and Television Organization to head the photography team. At the same time, he began teaching at the Cinema and Television School for Higher Education. His collaboration with the School lasted only one year. Afterwards, he concentrated his efforts on the National Iranian Television Organization and the training of its future staff. In 1971, the students of the School for Higher Education demanded Kamran Adle’s return to the school. As his duties had increased sharply during this time, Kamran Adle entrusted his colleague, Mr. Ali Farzaneh, with the tutorials while supervising the courses and technical work. This continued until his resignation from the Organization in March 1974.
During his employment there, Kamran Adle was active in all photography fields and founded modern journalistic photography, stage photography (television, theatre, cinema and the Shiraz Art Festival), architectural and social photography and set up the archives of the Organization using modern methods. Finally, he resigned from the Iranian Radio and Television Organization.
From 1979, he began his cooperation with the newly-established Agha Khan Cultural Foundation as photographer of the jury for the Agha Khan Award for Architecture, also taking photographs of various cities in the Islamic world. This is an on-going work.
He was also very active at home, photographing the biggest industrial centers and Architectural activities. These include the progress of building work at the Ahvaz Steel Complex, the Tehran Underground operations, the former National Parliament and Islamic Parliament renovations, and the Islamic Conference Center at Sa’d-Abad (The Ministry for Housing and Urban Development).
Kamran Adle also has substantial activities in the fields of art and culture and participates in various activities, the last of which is his Iranian Garden installation at the Sa’d-Abad Gardens (March 2005).
Apart from his regular occupation, Kamran Adle has also worked on numerous collections, a part of which has been published and part is waiting to be published.
His collections include:
1968-1979 The Religious Ceremonies of Iran
1968-1979 The Bazaars of Iran
1970-1972 The Archives of Iran
1975 The Carpets of Iran
1975-1976 The photographs of Iran, the ex-Pahlavi Library
1975-1977 The Implementation of Design in Iranian Tile Works
1975-1977 The Yazd Collection
1976 The Boushehr Collection
1976 The Chahar Mahal & Bakhtiyari Collection
1976-1977 The Contemporary Architecture of Iran
1979 The Qom Collection
1981-1988 Ahvaz Steel Complex
1986-1987 The Tehran Underground
1985-1999 The Tehran Collection
1999 The Isfahan Collection
2000 The Shiraz Collection
2001 The Turkmen Sahra Collection
2003 The Passargad, Naqsh-e Rostam and Persepolis Collection
2006 The Glassware of Iran
2004 The India– The Agha Khan Cultural Foundation
2005 The Architecture of Kuwait - The Agha Khan Cultural Foundation
Passage through Chahar Mahal & Bakhtiyari
The Implementation of Design in Iranian Tile Works – seven volumes
The Bazaars of Iran
The Residence of the Ambassador of Italy in Tehran – Printed in Rome
Those Who Turn Dust into Gold
Those Were the Days
2001 To date Iran Journal of Photography
2001 To date Iran Journal of Art
2004 To date Iran Journal of Architecture (also available on CD)