I'm very glad to have won the special prize, Many Thanks for your hospitality, was great to meet such hardworking and inspiring filmmakers there.
an Afghan Refugee who has lived all her life in Iran, had never thought of Afghanistan as a country until she went to school "I always thought we were from a terrible place, and that always made me hide my identity, it was the most challenging part of my life...I was in a constant battle with myself about my Identity and origin and whether I should continue hiding it or not?"
I was assigned to shoot/Interview an Afghan refugee who is repatriating back to Afghanistan, it was part of a short segment which would be combined with two other refugees living in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and would be edited in Geneva and shown to the High commissioner for the high-level meeting in Geneva.
I was Assigned to shoot for Financial Times in Daryush Shayegan's house. he is a renown writer/Philosopher/intellectual in Iran. Shayegan is well-known in France for his books in the field of philosophy and mysticism.
Taken in a small lonely island, on the drylands of Urumia Lake, printed on the front cover of Science Magazine...how will science in Iran develop after its long isolation? It was an honor to work for the Science magazine, photographing key scientists working hard to bring their long projects into development.
Swarthy is seemingly, this old and everlasting land; yet how it bristles with spirit. Jaggedly meets your eyes, yet how harmonious this terrain, torn apart and tolled by sectarian tilt, sustain its people. Having cultivated a thousand year history - that compelled Ferdowsi to borrow its hero for his Shahname (The Book of Kings) . What turn has it taken now that it is relegated to the back of beyond? The land where the first rise of the morning sun is promised to its people is at the dusk of this nation.
'Sistan and Baluchistan' a south eastern underdeveloped region with vast lands of rugged, mountainous terrain, bordering the neighboring Pakistan and Afghanistan, where smugglers illicitly enter in and out of the lawless borders through risky routes, surviving from the poverty inflicted by the high rising unemployment. A long-forgotten province, isolated due to its relentless droughts and desolated lands with people repleted with pride and poetry, bonded to their ancestral soil where they endure the harsh climates throughout the dry seasons. This is a brief visual-journey of my overland trip to this long-forgotten land, blotted in the minds of most people with fear and misery. Having travelled for nearly 2 months from Sistan all the way down to Baluchistan, and being enraptured by the majestic and hypnotic landscapes and welcomed by people still fueled with life and honor, I deeply feel these visceral impressions throughout my journey will stay with me forever.
The Sun Under Shade was shown in Gulf Photo Plus Slidefest XI along with other great Photographers from the region was such a unique experience to see the slideshow on a big screen with a big crowd, Special Thanks to all who came to see the work :)
I will be showing and speaking about my photo-project in Dubai Knowledge Village Auditorium along with seven other great photographers, very happy to be part of this.
It's done at last it took me a while to finish this from scanning all the film images to editing and making a cohesive Book from this portraiture series of the wonderful African Albinos I made 2 years ago. it was very short around 2 weeks I couldn't stay any longer since I was low in budget, I thought I would come back again but some unfortunate incidents like my camera equipment worth thousands of dollars getting stolen in Egypt, ruined all my plans...but overall I'm happy with the outcome. This book is in the nonprofits&fundraising section of the Blurb bookstore and 100% of the mark-up will be donated to UTSS's Education scholarship fund (ESF) which offers education grants to keen and dedicated students with albinism. The Printed book came out a bit pricey but I am hoping those who can't afford it can buy an ebook which only costs 13$, would still be much of a help.
This is a series I did in 2012 which was commissioned by the Sarv Art Project to Photograph the current condition of workers in the fruit market of Iran/Gorgan district. for every 1 Ton of fruit and veg they carry to unload or load trucks the workers get paid only 3000 Tomans which is less than a dollar, Children collecting Fallen Fruits from the ground or Trash and reselling them outside the Market, truck drivers are always on hold waiting to get loaded. I became interested in their personal writings behind their trucks which are a mix of poems, religious writings and moral slogans etc…which often depicts the workers personality and Nostalgic feelings towards his own life.
Alamut is a region in Iran including western and eastern parts in the western edge of the Alborz (Elburz) massif, between the dry and barren plain of Qazvin in the south and the densely forested slopes of the Mazandaran province in the north. Starting from Qazvin toward Alamut, passing through the first range of hills, curvatures, forms, scars, wrinkles are significant themes in nature's composition of this area. Two big citadels of Ismailists, Lambsar and Alamut castles are in this area. In 1090 A.D, Hassan-i Sabbah the leader of Ismailites in Iran and his Hashashins (Assassins) controlled the area for many years. [Source]
I started photographing this unique and untouched area In Iran since june 2012 mainly with an analogue horizon camera and a medium format Holga trying to capture the spirit and mood of this region.