He graduated in Economics from Melli University in Tehran, then started his career as a Photographer with Tamasha Magazine in 1972.
He is best known for his documentary photographs from Iranian Revolution in 1979. but After revolution he focused more in Teaching photography in Iranian Universities than doing it. He was curator of Iran's first museum of photography single-handedly introduced photography to the country and making it acceptable as an art form and inspiring a generation of emerging Iranian photographers.
his latest work was a photo series called "Image of Imaginations", which took 3 years (2003-2006) for him to complete this series. it was a Mixture of flowers or Iranian calligraphy with the old photos from the history of Iranian photography. he explained later: “I have been exposed to many images by little known photographers around the country. Those that I could keep, I have held as mementos, and others have left their marks on my imagination. the Museum of Fine Arts in Nantes have bought this photo series for their collection.
At the moment Bahman Jalali is member of the editorial board for Aksnameh, a bi-monthly journal of photography in Tehran.