Shabankare - Photographer - Austin, TX, USA

Kambiz Shabankare

Austin, TX, USA


Journalist, Photographer & Documentary Movie Maker with more than15 year's experiences in ‎Journalism and Photography; writing articles, news, interviewing and special experience to ‎Crisis Photography and also, in TV and Cinema as: Assistant Director, Actor, Writer, Reporter ‎and Director. I am Fluent in Farsi, English and Turkish. ‎
But since one year ago, I had to get out of my country because of something bad events and ‎political problem about Freedom Speech.‎
I should explain, because of some problem in my country and also my own problem with ‎government, keeping job was really hard for me and some others like me. Sometimes they fired ‎me and sometimes journal was closed. ‎
After election in Iran I had to be runaway. Since that time my works were disappear, But I just ‎tried to keep my occupation.‎



  • Full time
  • Part time
  • One time
  • Contract
  • Temp


Photographer with about 20 years experience in photo-journalism,commercial photography (modeling), landscape and portrait.
I do Digital photography but still I have my special camera "Hasselblad" that I use for specific photos sometimes.
Here is my official website:

Work History

Senior Photo-Journalist

The ACCENT Newspaper

August 2012 - August 2012

• Oversee all images produced for or submitted to Accent
• Work closely with the editorial staff, reporters and digital to uphold the journalistic standards of the publication and prevent libelous content

Marketing Director

Austin Community College

August 2012 - August 2012

Developed and launched integrated, multi-channel print, catalog, web and direct marketing campaigns
Performed ongoing customer/market research and demographic profiling to identify and capitalize on unmet market needs ahead of the curve.
Produced media kit that demonstrated key marketing analytics and demographics for use in sales presentations. Efforts were credited as instrumental in closing numerous high-level deals.

Photographer/ Associate

The Picture People

June 2012 - June 2012

Helping Customers and Taking Pictures

Graphic Designer

Austin Community College

July 2012 - August 2012

Managing, producing and designing projects from brief to fulfilment.
Designing & creating marketing & e-marketing materials on a range of projects.
Ensuring consistency in a clients corporate and promotional brands.
Presenting finalised ideas & concepts to clients, colleagues and senior managers.
Answering queries from clients.
Creating original artwork for short and long term projects.
Involved in designing advertisements, brochures, handouts, flyers and online graphics.
Working with a range of media, including photography, to create final artwork.
Designing pitches and presentations for the sales teams.
Keeping up to date with new software, post-production techniques & industry trends.
Producing graphic content for site re-skins, page layouts, email designs, site graphics
& static & Flash banners.


Freelancer Photographer & Documentary Movie Maker

From February 2011


January 2011 - January 2011

Writing.Com's community central, the Hub is your lobby, check-in, meeting place, and playground all in one spot. Always active and constantly changing, the Hub will keep you in tune and up to date!


Fry’s Electronic

September 2011 - November 2011

Selling cameras, camcorders and related accessories

Community Ambassador


September 2011 - September 2011

A virtual 'mayor' of Local Community who takes care of all newcomers
Committed volunteer and local representative of InterNations
Host and organizer of regularly scheduled InterNations events in the city



October 2010 - October 2010

Taking photos and writing reports



October 2010 - October 2010

Writing news

Volunteer Translator

Teacher Without Borders(TWB)

July 2010 - July 2010

Teachers Without Borders advances human welfare through professional development on a global scale.
Our programs are conceived, developed, and led by teachers connected by information and each other in order to address demand-driven needs and ensure long-term impact.

Freelancer reporter

CNN iReport

October 2010 - October 2010

Making video reportage

Freelancer Photographer


October 2010 - October 2010

Taking photos and writing reports

Freelancer Reporter


October 2010 - October 2010

Writing news and articles

Freelance Photo-Journalis


October 2010 - October 2010

Taking photos in major events in different cities and countries
Writing stories that accompany the photos
Reviewing and rewriting news from around the world

Freelance reporter

CNN iReport

October 2010 - October 2010

Making video reportage

Teacher of Animation‎

Tajik TV ‎

November 2009 - February 2010

Teaching Animation

Freelance Documentary Film Maker

Documentary Film Maker

March 2009 - March 2009

Directed three multi projects.
Managed the staff of assistant directors and other team in creating a good working atmosphere and directed good sequences for the project.
Assisted in the concept formations for the outlook of the project.
Responsible for planning the key role in post production work and supervising production.

Media Expert


October 2009 - March 2010

Making Documentaries and commercial videos and taking pictures.

Photographer & Videographer


August 2009 - October 2009

Taking Photos and videos of disaster areas, and hazards

Crisis Photographer & Documentary Movie Maker‎

‎ Iran Red Crescent ‎

January 2008 - January 2009

As a volunteer, I took some photos, and I made some documentaries of crisis and disasters in Iran and other countries as well

Founder & Manager

Chisti Advertising & Design Group (CADG)

January 2008 - January 2009

Manager of advertising consultant for Large Business (hotels, factories, service companies)
• Animation design and production (short and long)
• Design and production of industrial and commercial documentary movies
• Industrial and advertising photography
• Consultancy for Advertising and Marketing


Homay-e Danesh-e Pars (HDP) Co. Ltd

January 2008 - January 2009

Managing, and planning work policies under the supervision of the Board of Directors
This company was working on several different fields:
• Programming
• Design and production software
• Computer security systems
• CCTV installation and support
• Network and security
• Web Design and Support

Disaster Area Photographer & Documentary Movie Maker‎

‎ Iran Red Crescent ‎

January 2008 - January 2009

As a volunteer, I took some photos, and I made some documentaries of crisis and disasters in Iran and other countries as well

Crisis Reporter & Photo-Journalist‎

Shargh newspaper & IRNA ‎

January 2007 - January 2008

writing reports and taking photos

Disaster Area Reporter & Photo-Journalist‎

Shargh Newspaper

January 2007 - January 2008

writing reports and taking photos


Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA)

January 2007 - January 2008

Taking photos of the major events of the city.
Also created stories for some photo events and news stories.
Did photography of the hard happenings and the on scene stories.
Created photo effects by making a documentary of photos.
Managed a library of different photos collected.
Collected clear, high quality and truthful images for perfect news stories presentation.
Edited photos to give the best effect.
Compiled various colour and background effects as er the requirement of the photos.
Read news scripts and accordingly arranged photos for the news.

Editor in chief

Anzali Online News website & Tose-e Weekly Issue ‎

January 2006 - January 2007

News editor, reading, editing, publishing news, page layout monitoring, monitoring of graphic, managing reporters, writers and photographers who were working with this website, analyzing time by time to understand which part of news are more popular and having all the time contact with Public Relations of website to solve any problem in related with contents or technical issues to solve it quickly.

Customs Affairs Contractor

Arian Mavad Medical (AMM) co.

January 2005 - January 2007

• Clearance
• Doing all customs affairs
• Monitor and manage the Transport of AMM’s goods imported, exported and Returns from all Iran's Ports and Customs
• customs declaration, bill of lading, warehouse receipt, and minutes of the customs, in relation to the AMM
• Participation in commissions by customs
• Recourse to courts to resolve disputes of customs and international

Social Services Reporter‎

Hamshahri newspaper‎

January 2004 - January 2006

wring news, reports and doing interviews

Art Reporter‎

Honar-e Hafteh Weekly Magazine ‎

January 2003 - January 2004

making interviews and writing reports

Film and television critic‎

Abrar Newspaper

January 2000 - January 2001

writing articles about TV shows and movies

Film and television critic‎

Soroosh Weekly Magazine

January 2000 - January 2001

writing articles and critic about TV shows and movies

Commercial Photographer & Photo Designer‎

‎2B Design Co. (Graphic & Advertising) ‎

January 2000 - January 2001

Taking and designing commercial photos

Commercial Photographer & Advertise planner

Resane Film Advertising Co.

January 1999 - January 2000

Designing and planning advertising styles, ways and format for art and business. Taking and designing commercial photos

Costumer service Manager & executive Producer

Milan Co. (Advertising & entertainment)

January 1998 - January 1999

Planning and managing marketers to present the company, and arranging best opportunities for staying up in competition with other companies and finding best ways to provide better services to customers

Marketing Director & executive Producer

Milan Co. (Advertising & entertainment)

January 1998 - January 1999

Planning and managing marketers to present the company, and arranging best opportunities for staying up in competition with other companies and finding best ways to provide better services to customers

Writer, Actor, Director's Assistant, Editor and Director ‎

Iran TV (IRIB) ‎

January 1997 - January 2009

Also I worked in this case to some movies (also in cinema) and series with some Directors likes ‎Hassan Hedayat, Mehdi Mazloomi, Kamran Shirdel, Mehdi Shamsayi and etc.‎


Meyar Literary Magazine ‎

January 1996 - January 1997

I was reporter in the case of literature

Theatre Critic & Reporter

Roozegar-e Vasl Art Monthly ‎

January 1996 - January 1997

I was reporter in the field of theater

Template Designer

Plastic Form (Plastic Industry)

January 1995 - January 1996

designing Templates

Theatre Critic & Reporter

Roozegar-e Vasl Art Monthly

January 1995 - January 1996

Interview and writing articles and critics about Theater and performances


Meyar Literary Magazine

January 1994 - January 1995

Interview and writing articles about modern Persian literature


Gardoon Literary Magazine ‎

January 1992 - January 1994

I was reporter


Islamic Culture & Art Research Institue (ICARI)

January 1992 - January 1994

I was researcher in the field of music and art history

Sales-man & Installer

Mat Co. (security alarm)

January 1991 - January 1992

Sales man & installer of alarm security systems, for home and business

Writer, Director and Actor

Iranian Center for the Performing Arts

May 1988 - January 2008

Writing plays for performance
Acting in various style of drama
Directing and leading Designers, music composer, actors and actresses for performing a drama

Photographer & Photo Editor

Negah Photography Lab ‎

January 1987 - January 1991

Taking photos, print and edit

Junior Photographer

Negah Photography Studio

January 1987 - January 1991

Responsible to break down with building up of the sets, props and equipment.
• Responsible for managing with the stylist’s and completion for the tracking sheet shot lists.
• Assisted with senior photographer by staffing the Mac work station and operating the digital photography software.
• Edited with distribution of all selected and unselected images.
• Responsible for controlling focus with lighting of gray balance through the digital camera software.
• Completion of rough edits with narrow image selection down prior to development.
• Collaboration with other photographers to test backgrounds with lighting camera techniques, equipment and equipment calibrations.






Iran’s gift to the American presidential candidates: first death penalty against a U.S. citizen in 3

By: Kambiz (Alireza) Shabankareh

At present, if Iran decides to go through with Amir Hekmati's execution, the American election candidates will be faced with significant difficulties.
Amnesty International issued a statement on Monday saying Iran must not execute a US National sentenced to death, after an unfair trial.
"Like many other detainees in Iran, Amir Hekmati did not receive a fair trial and we question the timing and political circumstances of this decision," said Ann Harrison, Amnesty International's interim Director for the Middle East and North Africa.
Amir Mirzaei Hekmati was detained in August last year. The ex-Marine was accused of spying for the CIA and sentenced to death for "collaboration with a hostile government". His appeal against this conviction and sentence must be lodged within 20 days.
Iran charged Amir Mirzaei Hekmati with receiving special training and serving at U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan before traveling to Iran on an intelligence mission.
The United States denied the accusations. The State Department called them a "complete fabrication" and White House spokesman Tommy Vietor added that "allegations that Mr. Hekmati either worked for or was sent to Iran by the CIA are false."
Meanwhile, the Iranian government claims that it has undeniable pieces of evidence for the charge of espionage against Amir Mirzaei Hekmati.
Several times, the Iranian government arrested different people, including American citizens and Iranian-Americans, on the charges of spying for the USA, but this is the first death penalty since Iran's revolution 33 years ago. For example, the three American hikers who were arrested at the Iranian border with Iraqi, in August 2009, on the charge of spying, were simply released two years later.
"We know from past experience that the Iranian authorities sometimes rush forward with executions of political prisoners - including dual nationals - at politically sensitive times and we fear that this execution could happen within days or weeks." said Ann Harrison.
It is obvious that Iran has always been tougher to deal with those who have dual citizenship in the case of spying but when it comes to Iranian-Americans, Iran is cautious in issuing severe sentences against these citizens.
However, the current state of affairs shows that Iran changed its policy against the United States. Some experts believe this is a response to increasing pressures from the U.S. against the Iranian government.
Amnesty International said today that amid fears Amir Hekmati could be executed within weeks, showing an intentional threat towards the U.S.
On the other hand, Iran may build stronger barriers for its own security, meantime demonstrating to the world that Iran's security is not penetrable. There is only one meaning to "Iran has a nuclear bomb" which is the development of a defense program against the West.
Ahmadinejad has already said several times that if the U.S. decides for more sanctions against Iran, he will think of more serious comebacks. But most U.S. presidential candidates retorted to public talks about a possible US or Israeli attack against Iran in the present election campaign. This certainly angered the Iranian authorities.
Khamenei's military advisor stated that if Israel attacks Iran, Hamas and the Lebanese Hezbollah will attack Tel Aviv, the capital of Israel, with missiles. Thus, the Iranian president expects the U.S. to understand and count on this death penalty as an example of such response.
It seems that American presidential candidates' involvement in Iran's nuclear program is just a way of getting more votes. But for Iran this is more serious. At present, if Iran decides to go through with Amir Hekmati's execution, the American presidential candidates will be faced with significant difficulties.
Meanwhile, Iran knows that this sentence will turn the world's view to other issues, even if for a while, and at the same time it can turn tables in Iran's favor. This tactic has been used repeatedly by the Iranian government over the years. The obvious example was Sakineh Mohammadi's stoning which deflected world's attention from the Iranian nuclear issue.
The card that Iran has put on the table today for the American candidates will probably lead to a win-win situation for Iran. If U.S. officials are not able to save Amir Hekmati, this will put a strain on future elections for both the Republicans and Democrats. However, if they succeed in saving him, based on experience, surely the Iranian government will demand in exchange a considerable amount of money or the release a prominent prisoner in America.

Iran Warns Israel

By: Kambiz (Alireza) Shabankareh

Iran’s missiles in Gaza conflict were carrying a message for Israel that any attack from Israel will have an extreme response. This will concern Barack Obama, president of United States, in his new term of presidency that despite all internal problems in USA, he has to find better way to deal with Middle East, particularly with Iran’s weapon technology.
“Above the bustling Niayesh highway in the western part of the Iranian capital, a huge billboard hangs on an overpass to remind drivers of Iran’s missile abilities. Cars zip underneath the image of a green missile on a launcher and text in Persian saying “Destination Tel Aviv.” The New York Times’ Thomas Erdbrink wrote Wednesday Nov. 21, 2012.
The truth is that most people in Iran don’t pay attention to this billboard, because they are struggling with the economic crisis now. However the Iranian missiles and arms technology of Iran have been drawing a lot of attention hundreds of miles away in the Gaza Strip. For Iran this is good news after all the difficulties Tehran had in relationship with other countries and especially about its nuclear program and sanctions.
According to United States Institute of Peace Iran has the largest and most diverse ballistic missile arsenal in the Middle East. (Israel has more capable ballistic missiles, but fewer in number and type.) Most were acquired from foreign sources, notably North Korea. The Islamic Republic is the only country to develop a 2,000-km missile without first having a nuclear weapons capability.
Although both Ismail Haniya, prime minister of the Palestinian National Authority and leader of the Hamas, and Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel, believe that the Gaza strip battle was their victory, the conflict became a win-win story for Iran.
According to Haaretz, Israel was looking for two goals in Gaza Battle; one, to reinstate the Gaza cease-fire with Hamas, which had unraveled in recent months amid increasing hostilities, and two, to stabilize the peace with Egypt after the Muslim Brotherhood came to power. Israeli Authorities said that Israel achieved its goal in this conflict.
“The Israel Defense Forces dealt a very heavy blow to Hamas and the other terror organizations,” Netanyahu said on Thursday Nov. 22, 2012 during a visit to the Israel Police National Headquarters in Jerusalem. “We took out thousands of rockets that were aimed at the South, and almost all of the rockets that were pointed at the center of the country. We’re prepared to act if the peace is broken.”
It seems that Iran never loses any chance for getting back in the game. Iran already said that it has the power to go against Israel. Tehran had warned Tel Aviv that any threat will have a strong response from Tehran.
"Iranian Revolutionary Guard has gained complete information about the American and Israeli troops movements,” Rahim Safavi, Senior Military Advisor to Iran’s supreme leader, said Friday Nov. 25, 2011 “if Israel attacks Iran, Hamas and Lebanese Hezbollah will attack Tel Aviv, the capital of Israel, with missiles.”
Iranian missiles in Gaza were playing a certain role in achieving this goal. In this role, the goal of propaganda seemed more important than the military purposes. For the first time nobody blamed Iran for military technology transfer because the missiles technology was placed under the brutal killing of civilians by Israeli bombs.
This gave Iran opportunity to advertise its military power and use it for its own interest. A few months ago Iran faced Mohammad Morsi’s speech, the Egyptian president, in Tehran who blamed Iran for supporting Bashar Assad, the president of Syria. Even Hamas, Iran’s longtime partner, turned its back to Iran and made a deal with Sunni countries against Syria.
But a week ago the question of Gaza Strip Battle changed. Several countries supported Hamas but Iran became a special ally again. Even the role of Egypt to establish the truce couldn’t disrupt it.
“The weapons of Palestinian resistance were partially manufactured inside the Gaza Strip, and the rest was supplied by certain countries, including Iran,” Meshaal told journalists in Cairo after the ceasefire was agreed between Israel and Hamas.
Iranian authorities, for the first time didn’t deny this participation. They didn’t confirm any weapon supply to Gaza by Iran also they did not decline that rockets have been shot by Hamas was Iranian weapon technology.
"We haven't sent any weapons to Gaza because it is under blockade," Mohammad Ali Jafari Revolutionary Guards commander said Wednesday Nov. 21th, 2012 by Iran's Young Journalists Club news agency. "But we are honored to announce that we gave them the technology of how to make Fajr-5 missiles and now they have their hands on plenty of them."
During the conflict despite all happened between Morsi and Mahmud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran, they became again brothers and opening the Rafah crossing, which was disputed between Iran and Egypt, became one step forward for Morsi to confirm this relationship. Morsi wants to be a part of the Gaza strip story and wants to have a strong roll in Arabian world; this was the roll that Syria was playing already.
Morsi in his first speech after the Gaza conflict began said that Egypt is strong supporter of Palestine and will stand by the people of Gaza. But Morsi knows in this matter Iran is an important ally.
However this conflict gave a political and global credit to Egypt, on the other hand the battle incredibly changed Iran’s situation in the political world more. Iran and Iran’s rockets were almost the center of attention in this battle.
For Iran this was an opportunity to not only test its missiles in an actual conflict but also show to the world Iran's arms capability. This will change Israel’s military calculation to attack Iran's nuclear facilities because it is clear that with this weapon power is not going to be easy and a response from Iran may cause a huge war in the Middle East.
While the world has been watching the war in the South of Israel, the threat from the North is much bigger. Israeli intelligence sources say Hamas and partners in Gaza had 10,000 rockets. Hezbollah in South Lebanon has between 100,000 and 200,000, including longer range rockets that carry heavier explosive warheads, according to Israeli military analysts.
Gaza strip war showed that Iran not only has the capability of making ballistic long range missiles but also transferred the technology of producing these missiles to Gaza, South Lebanon and maybe some other allies that number of those countries are indeterminate.
Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's aerospace division, warned that Iran will target U.S. bases in the Middle East in the event of war with Israel, raising the prospect of a broader conflict that would force other countries to get involved, Iranian state television reported Sunday Sep. 23, 2012.
On the other hand Iran and Hamas targeted Israeli government websites by cyber-attack. According to Mashregh, an Iranian media outlet run by the Revolutionary Guards, Islamic Jihad’s Beitol Moghadas (Jerusalem) unit obtained detailed information on 5,000 high-ranking Israeli military personnel. The information includes names, telephone numbers, addresses, emails and rankings, even within the Israeli intelligence division.
Tel Aviv didn’t confirm that Iran has access to these information but they didn’t deny the cyber-attack ran by Iran and Hamas Hackers.
“We are seeing a concentrated effort to attack Israeli sites,” said Gabi Siboni, head of the cyber warfare program at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv. “When they succeed with the denial-of-service attacks of government websites, they might put substantial effort into trying to penetrate operational systems and critical infrastructure.”
Despite this attack wasn’t really successful but connection between this attack and what happened already to American banks during last year makes Iran’s plan clearer.
Based on reports Iranian hackers have repeatedly disrupted websites belonging to Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup. The attack flooded their websites with traffic, appeared to be in retaliation to the banks' enforcement of economic sanctions against the country, according to Reuters.
Maybe Israel was trying to test Iran’s military power but the result became more Iran’s benefit. Now Iran has the confident to tell the world that can respond any attack stronger. This can’t be good news for Barak Obama and his allies and shows Obama will have a hard time in his new presidency.
“Israel has a "childish" desire to attack Iran and Tehran is capable of defending itself,” Ahmadinejad said Thursday Nov. 22, 2012 in news conference in the Pakistani capital Islamabad. “"They wish to hurt the Iranian nation. They are waiting for the chance. They know that Iran does not attack anybody and they know that Iran knows how to defend itself."

Buzkashi in Tajikistan

Popular throughout much of Central Asia, buzkashi is a form of horse polo in which horseback players wrestle a goat carcass across a playing field. A chovandoz (Buzkashi master) grooms and massages his horse before the day's match. Prized for their power, skill and lineage, buzkashi horses can sell for as much as 50,000 USD.

Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty held in Austin

The annual "March to Abolish the Death Penalty" was held in the Texas capitol. Attendees came from all over the country with the purpose of getting Texas to abolish the death penalty, citing it as a racist law.

Qualifications & Certifications


Austin Community College


Texas Department of Health Services

Teachers Without Borders


Bureau of media studies and planning‎

Short courses ‎

Bureau of media studies and planning‎

Bachelor of Arts

Sooreh Art University


Soooreh University


Soore Art University


Samandarian Art Center‎

Associate's Degrees

Samandarian Art Center‎

Mechanical engineering

Takistan Azad University


Takistan Azad University‎



Austin Community College

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