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Art Gallery: Elizabeth Taylor in Iran

Elizabeth-Taylor- in-Iran-Firooz-Zahedi-iFebruary 26 – June 12, 2011
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

In 1976 Elizabeth Taylor (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011) visited Iran for the first and only time. Accompanying her was Firooz Zahedi, today a successful Hollywood photographer but then a recent art school graduate just learning his craft.

 

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Iran photos of the year by Fars

Mount-Damavand-Mohammad-Azizi-iNineteen Photographs of Iran from 300 images submitted by 90 Fars photographers in 1389.

From Mount Damavand to Cheshmeh Ali to Shalamcheh.

 

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Photos: Iranian photographer, Azadeh Akhlaghi, Me According to Others

suspension08-iThe successful Iranian photographer, Azadeh Akhlaghi, initially wanted to become a poet. She was perhaps inspired by her birthplace, Shiraz, whose name is synonymous with poetry and has produced some of the most revered poets of Iran.

 

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Art Gallery: Afsoon, Icons of the 4 Corners

Aishwarya-Rai-628-iLondon – Xerxes Art
March 25 to April 4, 2011

Iranian born London based artist Afsoon has re-visited the openness and innocence of the late 60s and 70s, and the blossoming of creativity and progress during that era.

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Photos: Sarein hot springs, A tourist’s city in northwestern Iran

Sarein-hot-springs-iran-10-iSarein springs is heated by inactive volcano in mount Sabalan, Iran’s second highest mountain. Its water contains sulphur particles and it is believed that it is good for bone and joint pains.

1990’s earthquake caused some of the springs to get colder or hotter.

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Photos: Facebook curly-hair community gather in Tehran's park

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MooFerferia (curly-hair in Persian) Facebook community has about 8000 members worldwide,  and for the first time gathered in Tehran’s Nation Park in January 2011 for a few hours before they were asked to leave by park police.

There are still ongoing debates to find out if curly hair cools or heats the brain better than straight hair!

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Photos: Lake Urmia-Iran, the third largest salt water lake on earth

Lake-Urmia-4-iThe lake (in northwestern Iran) is named after the provincial capital city of Urmia, originally a Syriac name meaning city of water.

Lake Urmia has 102 islands, the second largest island, Kaboudi, is the burial place of Hulagu Khan, the grandson of Genghis Khan.

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Photos: First Snow in Tehran and Mount Tochal

tehran-snow-14-iMount Tochal is a mountain in the Alborz range and a ski resort adjacent to metropolitan Tehran, Iran.

The mountain has a 12 km long ridgeline. The highest peak, also called Mount Tochal, is at an elevation of 3,964 m (13,005 feet).

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Photos: Ali-Reza Pahlavi 1966-2011

Ali-reza-Pahlavi-02-iAlireza Pahlavi, 44, the youngest son of the former Shah of Iran, died Tuesday morning Jan. 4 2011 at his home in Boston, Massachusetts.

Ali-Reza Pahlavi was born on 28 April 1966. He lived in the U.S. where he received a Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, a Masters of Arts degree from Columbia University, and studied at Harvard University as a Ph.D. student in ancient Iranian studies and philology.
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Photos: New Year 2011 at the Vank Christian Church in Isfahan - Iran

Vank_Cathedral_Armenian_Quarter_Esfahan_Iran-433-iThe Vank Cathedral was one of the first churches to be established in Isfahan by Armenian immigrants settled by Shah Abbas I after the Ottoman War of 1603-05.

Church construction is believed to have begun in 1606, and completed with major alterations to design between 1655 and 1664 under the supervision of Archbishop David.

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Ashoura mud-rubbing Ritual in Bijar, Kurdistan Province of Iran

Ashoura-mud-rubbing-Ritual- Bijar,-Kurdistan-iran-0-iAshoura is a period of intense grief and mourning. The word ashura simply means tenth in Arabic language, the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar.

It is commemorated by Shia Muslims as a day of mourning for the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad at the Battle of Karbala on 10 Muharram in the year 61 AH (October 2, 680 CE).

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Iranian puppy, Fandogh looking for US permanent residency, help

Vafa-Anima-Shelter-Fandog-iHi, my name is Fandogh (Hazelnut in Farsi). I am from Tehran, Iran and have only been in US for a few weeks. A lovely family in Iran sponsored and paid for my trip to the US!

I’m trying hard to learn English and have already leaned “sit” and “down” (as in lay down) really well!  They tell me I’m really smart because I learn very quickly and I’m not quite 5 months old yet!

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Payvand's top 10 News stories of 2010

Fatima-Islamic-doll-Iran-iWith millions of article impressions on Payvand.com every year, here are the top 10 news stories most viewed, in case you missed them.

These are a relfection of what went viral and captured our attention the most in 2010.

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Payvand's Top 10 Flickr Photos of 2010

3- White flower - Bahman Farzad-iFlickr is one of the best online photo management and sharing applications on the net. This year we have looked over hundreds of photos and here are our top ten photographs posted on Flickr in 2010. It will be fun to see what has attracted viewers in 2010.

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Photos: Tehran's brothel district Shahr-e-No 1975-77 by Kaveh Golestan

Shahre_Tehran-i“I want to show you images that will be like a slap in your face to shatter your security. You can look away, turn off, hide your identity like murderers, but you can not stop the truth. No one can.” Kaveh Golestan (1950 – 2003)

Red Light district of Shahre-No demonstrates the realities of the plight of prostitutes under the Shah’s regime.

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Photos: Tribal schools of Khuzestan Iran

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Khuzestan is inhabited by a number of ethnic minorities and peoples: Autochthonous Persians in major cities, Iranian Arabs, the Bakhtiari Lurs, Behbahanis, Mizrahi Jews, Laks, and other Lurs of the north, the Turkic-speaking Qashqai and Afshari tribes, the Khuzis of Shush/Susa, Dezful, Shushtar, Andimeshk and the inhabitants of the coastal regions of the Persian Gulf all make up the population of the province of Khuzestan.

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