The Qajar Series, Inspired by The Studio Portraiture First Introduced to Iran in The Late 19th Century

These photographs are from a series of thirty-three portraits by Shadi Ghadirian, a contemporary artist who was inspired by the studio portraiture first introduced to Iran in the late nineteenth century under the Qajar dynasty (1794–1925). Continue reading »

Bouffants, Bandits and Bikinis: Pre-Revolution Iranian Movie Posters

The Hamid Naficy Iranian Movie Posters Collection at Northwestern University features films produced between 1966 and 2014. Here we look at artwork advertising films pre-Revolutionary Iran. Continue reading »

Isolated Musicians Perform From Rooftops In Iran


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On the rooftop terrace of her Tehran apartment building, 28-year-old Mojgan Hosseini’s fingers pluck the strings of her qanun, an ancient stringed instrument, bringing life to an Iranian capital stilled by the coronavirus. Continue reading »

Iranian Artist Shows The Harsh Reality Of Doctors During Coronavirus Outbreak

Nobody expected 2020 to be like this. All media channels encouraging people to stay at home. All theaters, cinemas, gyms, and museums being closed. All hospitals around the world filled with people, some even unable to help others. It seems like everything has stopped in the great pandemic of the 21st century—coronavirus. One artist decided to show us how to adapt to these uneasy and extreme times. Continue reading »

The Passion Of Trees In Pictures By Iranian Photographer Ali Shokri

To me, each tree, like a human-being, has a tale to tell. When a tree dies, a whole story is interrupted, a destiny is altered for the worse. I feel as if the trees, bundled at the back of trucks, are cursing us with their broken hands, wounded faces, and severed roots. Perhaps this is how we are led towards damnation, little by little stripped of our humanity, when man’s “abounding foliage moistened with the dew” is reduced to ash and smoke. Continue reading »

Female Artists Are Being Completely Removed From Their Own Album Covers In Iran

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Pop icons are being removed from their own single and album covers in Iran, simply because they are women. Now their stans are reacting to the censored albums on social media. Continue reading »

When Hijab Was Not In Force, Vintage Photographs Show How Iranian Women Dressed In The 1960s And 1970s

There was a good balance of modernity and modesty during the 1950s and ’60s. Women were emancipated but kept their Iranian identity. The look was stylish and elegant without being vulgar. Skirts were long and full showing as little skin as possible. Continue reading »

Rare Photographs Document Iranian Women Protest Against The Hijab Law In March 1979

Hengameh Golestan is a pioneer among Iranian women photographers. She has been documenting live in Iran for twenty-eight years. She has photographed vast numbers of women and children, instances of family life, traditional wedding and everyday life in Iran. Continue reading »

Brazilian Photographer Camila Fontenele De Miranda Transforms Strangers Into Frida Kahlo

Brazilian photographer Camila Fontenele de Miranda has always felt a sense of connection between herself and legendary Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Continue reading »

Chic And Sexy Pre-Revolution Fashions Of Iran

(L) Actrees Marjan, (R) Iranian pop star Arghavan who fled the country in 1979. As of late, she has been involved in attempts to bring music back to Iran, at the risk of imprisonment.

Even as a kid in the 1970s I was well aware of The Iranian Revolution. It was a top headline for quite some time because its consequences were so profound. The pro-Western Shah was overthrown and replaced with the rabidly anti-Western Ayatollah Khomeini. Any Western cultural influences were rejected overnight in favor of a hard-line Islamic state. Matters between the West and Iran got even worse when the dethroned Shah fled to the US, and the Iranians responded by holding diplomats hostage. Almost thirty years later, things haven’t changed much.

Let’s have a look at the fashions before the revolution. Now, Iranian women have to fight for the right to be able to expose hair under their headscarves. But in the 60s and early to mid-1970s it was quite a different story… Continue reading »

Amazing Portrait Photos Of Iranian Women From Between The 1920s And ’50s

Parisa Damandan (born 1967) is an Iranian photographer and art historian. She received a degree in photography from the University of Tehran. She is the author of Portrait photographs from Isfahan: Faces in transition, 1920-1950, a book illustrating the history of Isfahan in the early 20th century with portrait photographs, which she collected over a period of ten years; the photographs were hard to find because many photo archives in Isfahan had been burned after the enactment of a 1979 law forbidding depictions of unveiled women.

These amazing photos from her collection that show portraits of Iranian women taken from between the 1920s and 1950s. Continue reading »

Photographer Olgaç Bozalp Captures Fashion People In Iran, And It’s Not Easy


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Antidote magazine approached turkish photographer Olgaç Bozalp with the opportunity to shoot an entire issue of the magazine around the theme “borders”, which the photographer saw as “the perfect opportunity to go to Iran. Travelling with his best friend and stylist Ruth Higginbotham, Olgaç Bozalp set his sights on the country’s capital Tehran and the city of Kashan in the Isfahan province, undeterred by one glaring problem: “un-Islamic” modelling has been forbidden in Iran since the Islamic Revolution. Continue reading »

The Breathtaking Beauty Of Shah-e-Cheragh Mausoleum In Iran

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Iran is well known for its unique architectural style, as well as its historical buildings, which have been well preserved throughout the centuries. The Shah-e-Cheragh Mausoleum, which was built during the 12th century, holds the holy tombs of Mir Muhammad and Amir Ahmad, the brothers of Imam Reza. Historical documents revealed that Imam Reza is related to the Prophet Muhammad, as well as his successor, Shia Imam. Continue reading »

Minimalist Single Line Tattoos By Iranian-German Artist

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German-Iranian tattoo artist Mo Ganji is back, creating more simple images with a strong impact. Continue reading »

Camera Pointed Upwards Captures The Mesmerizing Ceilings Of Iran’s Ornate Architecture

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Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji has an affinity for capturing the breathtaking nature of Iran’s grand architecture. His series of photographs showcase the mesmerizing details built into the ceilings of the nation’s beautiful palaces, historic houses, cathedrals, bazaars, and mosques. Flipping through the dazzling geometric patterns and overwhelming kaleidoscope of colors, one is lost within the elaborate designs. His intricate images share a viewpoint on the far-reaching features of Middle Eastern structures that visitors may not have the opportunity to otherwise experience. Continue reading »

This Is What Iranian Women Looked Like In The 1970s

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Believe it or not these awesome pictures were not photoshopped. This is what ladies in Iran actually looked like 40 years ago. Continue reading »

Flowers in the Wild by Adnan Mirani

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The Plants like flower grow up in the wild. Spring 2014 near Paveh, Kermanshah, Iran. In photographs by Adnan Mirani.
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Miranda Kerr Showcases Designs by Carla Zampatti

Model Miranda Kerr showcases designs by Carla Zampatti during the David Jones Spring/Summer 2012/13 Season Launch at David Jones Castlereagh Street on August 14, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photos by Graham Denholm) Continue reading »

Miranda Kerr and Candice Swanepoel Model Victoria’s Secret New Swimwear Collection

Supermodels Candice Swanepoel and Miranda Kerr pose at a media event to promote the new Victoria’s Secret 2012 Swim Collection in Beverly Hills, California March 29, 2012. (Reuters) Continue reading »

Iran’s Female Ninjas


Many women in Iran have found a novel way to express themselves: training in the arts of the ninja warrior. Photos: CAREN FIROUZ/Reuters. Continue reading »

Sony World Photography Awards Announces Stunning 2021 Contest Category Winners

Sony World Photography Awards is one of the contests that always brings us lots of magnificent photos. The World Photography Organisation that stands behind it has just announced this year’s category winners and shortlist in the Open competition. And as always, it’s a selection of amazing images.

The contest recognizes winners in ten categories, and over 100 photographers were selected as shortlisted. Each winner receives Sony gear and competes further for the Open Photographer of the Year title and a $5,000 reward.


Category winner, open competition, street photography. Disinfection, a cinematic image documenting an employee of the health affairs unit of Ankara municipality in protective gear walking along the train platform while spraying it with disinfectant. (Photo by F. Dilek Uyar/Sony World Photography Awards) Continue reading »

Presence in Hormuz 2: A Multitude of Small-Scale Domes Built with The Superadobe Technique by ZAV Architects


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Officially named ‘Presence in Hormuz 02’, the project is a truly democratic community intervention in troubled lands, with bulbous and round domes popping in primary colours. Continue reading »

Lexus Unveils the UX Art Car 2021 “Zen Garden” by Clap Studio Valencia

An interpretation of a classical Japanese meditation garden is the winner of the second UX Art Car design competition. “Zen Garden,” by Valencia’s Clap Studio, sees the entire bodywork of Lexus’ premium compact crossover covered in a pattern of thousands of paper petals. Continue reading »

Incredible Winning Photographs From The 2020 International Photography Awards

Sometimes it is nice to be a bit nostalgic, and what can be more nostalgic than analog photos? See what your photography skills are made of: enter the IPA as it’s now open for submissions. Here are the best examples of analog photography from the 2020 International Photography Awards.

Advertising Photographer Of the Year: “A sustainable future of exquisite luxury mobility” by Mike Dodd

“The image had to represent Bentley’s vision for creating a sustainable future of luxury mobility. The specification of the Bentley EXP 100 GT contained sentances such as: -luxury craftsmanship -seamless fusion of materials & intelligent curation of technology -introducing light as a new luxury material -5000yr old fossilised British Oak infused with recycled Copper -Compass exterior paint made from recycled rice husks -100% organic leather-like textile from wine making -Cumbrian crystal interfaces -embroidered cotton interior surfaces.” Continue reading »

Attractive Female Portraits By Natalia Ivanova That Show How Diverse And Beautiful Humans Are

Natalia Ivanova is a Paris-based Russian photographer and documentary filmmaker who started the Les origines de la beauté (The Ethnic Origins of Beauty) project back in 2012 (previously). In it, she photographs women from various ethnic groups around the globe, highlighting their uniqueness and beauty, and proving what a beautifully diverse world we live in.

Natalia writes that the aim of the project is to ” show the real scale of ethnocultural diversity in a full, systematic and creative way”, as well as to illustrate all distinctive ethnic groups out there. So far, the photographer and her team have took over 250 portraits of women from more than 110 different ethnic groups, and the project looks to be far from over.

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Tunisian people, or Tunisians (Arabic: تونسيون‎ Tūnisiyyūn, Tunisian Arabic: توانسة‎ Twensa), are a Maghrebi ethnic group and nation native to Northern Africa, who speak Tunisian (Derja) as their mother tongue in addition to mastering French and/or Arabic, and who share a common Tunisian culture and identity. In addition, a Tunisian diaspora has been established with modern migration, particularly in Western Europe, namely France, Italy, and Germany. Continue reading »