Aslon Arfa was born in Tehran, in 1970. When he was 17, he became a photo assistant for Kamran Adle (a noted Iranian photographer) and worked with him for several years. Arfa studied Atomic Physics at Tehran University, but after graduating he started working as a photographer for Danestaniha magazine, where he worked until 1998. He also worked for an Iranian newspaper for a year and spent another year working for Iranvich Daily. Arfa has worked on several journalistic photography projects, documenting such subjects as women in the Peshmerga (Kurdish military forces) of northern Iraq, the life of Afghans in Northern Afghanistan, the repatriation of Afghans from Iran, and Iran’s martial arts. His pictures have been published worldwide in several magazines and newspapers including Newsweek, Time, Paris Match, The New York Times, Stern, Der Spiegel, Panorama, L’Hebdo, and Le Figaro.