Candlestar is an internationally renowned visual arts consultancy formed in 2003 by globally respected authorities on photography and arts production Michael Benson and Fariba Farshad. Over the last twenty year Candlestar has delivered a range of innovative projects for such clients as Frieze, Conde Nast, Belmond, Art Dubai and the Sovereign Art Foundation. The current portfolio includes the world-class photography fair Photo London and Prix Pictet. Founded by Candlestar in 2015, Photo London has become a catalyst for the capital’s dynamic photography community. Established by the Pictet group in 2008 the Prix Pictet the world’s leading award in photography and sustainability.
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Fariba Farshad worked at University of the Arts, London as an educator pioneering the application of technology in art education for over a decade. She spearhead the award-winning research centre responsible for the production of more than 50 game based learning applications. Her innovative projects won her numerous accolades, including a BAFTA nomination.
As a curator, Fariba is renowned for championing the work of contemporary Iranian artists. Her ground-breaking exhibition Burnt Generation which showcased the contemporary life in Iran through the lens of eight major contemporary Iranian photographers, opened at Somerset House in 2014 and toured globally for 5 years.
Michael Benson is co-founder of Candlestar a company that has over the last twenty years developed a portfolio of world class cultural projects including the Condé Nast College of Fashion and the Prix Pictet. In 2015 Candlestar inaugurated Photo London and in 2023 launched a photo fair in in New York in collaboration with the Montgomery Group. Michael Benson has also published widely. He has written numerous articles for leading magazines including Vogue and has written and edited over 20 books. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA) and from 2023 a member of the Advisory Board of the Marta Ortega Perez ( MOP) Foundation. In 2024 he became curator of the Foundation’s exhibition programme.