If you are looking for an artist who can create powerful images that communicate complex messages in a simple way, look no further than Alberto Miranda. He is a Spanish illustrator who specializes in editorial illustrations for magazines, newspapers and books. His work is not only visually stunning, but also intellectually stimulating and emotionally engaging. Continue reading »
Originating from the enchanting landscapes of Kurdistan, Iraq, Miran is a digital art phenomenon whose captivating creations carry viewers to unexplored territories. Boasting an exceptional aptitude for Photoshop since the age of fifteen, Miran delved deeply into the spheres of photo manipulation, graphic design, and concept art, dedicating innumerable hours to refining his remarkable talents. Continue reading »
In Jeremy Miranda’s paintings, colorful lights that are hung on trees and along gutters create a warm, vibrant atmosphere on gloomy winter evenings. Continue reading »
The Iranian architect on his Instagram account @daavar.znb publishes futuristic architectural sketches of his projects. Continue reading »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 has always felt a sense of connection between herself and legendary Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Continue reading »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Believe it or not these awesome pictures were not photoshopped. This is what ladies in Iran actually looked like 40 years ago. Continue reading »
The world’s largest space photography competition, the Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2023, has announced its mesmerizing winning images. The winners were revealed during a virtual awards ceremony held on Thursday, 14th September. The competition was fierce, with 11 different categories showcasing everything from dazzling galaxies and radiant auroras to celestial skyscapes that seem to be from another world. Dive in below to explore more about these captivating entries. Continue reading »
Photographers of all skill levels have taken part in the competition, with Forough Yavari taking out the overall winning spot with her work Salvation.
Salvation by overall winner Forough Yavari of Australia. Born in Iran during the Iranian revolution, her work focuses on the narrative behind the lives of women. Photograph: Forough Yavaori Continue reading »
Projects from various categories such as religion, energy, transport and health have made it to the 2023 shortlist of the World Architecture Festival. The festival will take place in Singapore between 29 November and 1 December this year, where the shortlisted entries will compete for awards by presenting their projects to a panel of 140 judges.
Panda Tower by Shanghai United Design Group Co., Ltd. Photograph: AKA_SK8Simon Continue reading »
We are absolutely delighted to introduce you to the extraordinary artwork of Majid Khosroanjom, a talented Iranian artist who has been honing his craft for years. Majid’s creations are truly one-of-a-kind, and we invite you to dive into the captivating world he has built by scrolling through his masterpieces below. Continue reading »