Bahman Motamedian
Cinema was, from the very beginning, supposed to replace reality and truth with imagination and illusion, thus its title of “dream-making factory.” I believe though that today cinema is part of the reality of life, not just a means of entertainment. It has permeated into people’s lives, and I as a cinematographer don’t see myself outside of life, but inside of it. I prefer to pay attention to reality, rather than to dreams and imagination. Perhaps this interest also results from my conditions of life, from the country I live in. I prefer to delve into imagination in other forms of art, such as theatre, photography, and fiction, but not in cinema.
Whether working in cinema, or in theatre, photography, or literature, I, however, try to adhere to two principles. My primary principle is attempting to reveal the current conditions of my society while being committed to my “personal views.” My second principle is paying attention to the interaction between the contemporary and the avant-garde art. If the contemporary art is solely concerned with the identity of contemporary art, it would just be one-sided, because if one is concerned only with what is going on “in the present,” one will lose what is to come, the “future.” The contemporary art becomes whole only through interaction with the avant-garde art. For me the two are inseparable.