Ako Salemi was born in 1981 in Bukan, Kurdistan, Iran. Over the last ten years he has worked as a photojournalist for several important Iranian newspapers. Three years ago, he joined Instagram and started to immerse hisself in the community of mobile photography. First he photographed single images on the streets of his hometown Tehran. Then over the last year, he has progressed by making specific stories for my IG account. These have included trips to several other cities in Iran, also Turkey, Iraq and Afghanistan. During this time he has also had a successful solo exhibition of his Instagram photography and he is one of the founder members of an inspirational mobile photography group called ‘Hikari Creative’ on Instagram. One of his pics was among the best 29 Images published in Instagram selected by Time Magazine.
Also received an honorable mentions from Instagram-Getty Images 2015 grant. His mobile images published in some website such as Time Lightbox, The Guardian, MSNBC Photography and Instagram Blog.