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Photos: Vafa Animal Shelter in Iran

vafa_shelter_pictures_63_20100408_1901111153-iFounded in 2004, the Vafa Animal Shelter is the first animal shelter in Iran, dedicated to providing help and shelter to injured and homeless animals in Iran. The Vafa shelter is a non-government charity organization relying solely on private donations and volunteers.

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The Green Team: Iranian Opposition's Heavy Hitters

broken-green-heart-iGraphics and text by Kristin Deasy RFE/RL

An RFE/RL primer, in the form of mock trading cards, on some key figures within the Green Movement that emerged after Iran’s disputed 2009 election.

Mir-Hossein-Musavi, Bahareh Hedayat, Mehdi-Saharkhiz, Mohammad Shajarian, Mohsen Mirdamadi, Neda Agha-Soltan, Mohammad-Nourizad, Mourning-Mothers, Zahrah Rahnavard, Majid Tavakoli, Mehdi-Karrub

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Introduction to


Too many images representing Iranians are created by and for news Media who are inevitably influenced by either stereotyped pre-conceptions or their governments and their agendas. is a response to a need by Iranians to re-define their own image, a sensibility which has manifested itself repeatedly in Iran’s art and cinema in the past 30 years, but is now becoming even more urgent.

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Fataneh Dadkhah's photographs at Candlestar

Fataneh-DadkhahFataneh Dadkhah is a pioneer of stage photography as an artistic discipline in Iran.

Dadkhah’s beautiful Balouchi Bride series can be commissioned exclusively from Candlestar as limited edition prints.

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Exhibition: Tehran-New York

March 05  – Apr 01, 2010
Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller (LTMH) Gallery

HOSSEIN-EDALATKHAH-Brothel-Keepers-2008-iTEHRAN – NEW YORK will explore synergies and differences among the works of 40 well-known and emerging contemporary Iranian artists living in Iran and the U.S.

The exhibition does not aim to define Iranian art, but rather to examine the unique visions that exist among Iranian artists, while encouraging a much-needed place for dialogue.  However great the distance, there are always loose ties that unite these artists across the globe.

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The Golha Project: Digital Archiving of Flowers of Persian Poetry and Song


Golha Radio Program, broadcast from 1956 through 1979, covered the entire history of classical as well as contemporary Persian poetry, giving marvelous expression to the whole gamut of traditional Persian music and poetry.

Digital archiving of all the Golha radio programs is being conducted for access by academic researchers of Persian music and literature and the public at large.

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Vintage Fashion in Iran: Photographs from the first half of the twentieth century

Vintage-Fashion-Iran-8-iEstablishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979 meant that women were forced to wear Hijab and that it is strictly forbidden for women to be photographed without Hijab.

There was a time, following the military coup of 1920 when women were forced not to wear Hijab. Here are a few photographs from the first half of the twentieth century, the rise of industrial era in Iran.

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Photographer Bahman Jalali, 1944-2010

By Syma Sayyah, Tehran

Bahman-Jalali-04-1976-small-iUstad Bahman Jalali was an internationally acclaimed photographer and renowned artist.  He had a gentle manner that touched all of those that came to know him, he was good hearted, observant, a private and simple man, but an expert in his field.

He was liked and respected as a teacher and photographer by his colleagues, contemporaries and by his many students and without a doubt has influenced many young photographers deeply.

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Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran

3930112078_c40656854a_b-iHaggerty Museum of Art, through Jan. 17, 2010
Milwaukee, WI

An exhibition of more than 60 works of photography and video installations by 20 of Iran’s most celebrated photographers. The exhibition gathers personal perspectives of contemporary Iran filtered through individual sensibilities, while simultaneously addressing public concerns.

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Payvand's Top 10 Flickr Photos of 2009

Road-man-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 2009. It will be fun to see what has attracted viewers in 2009.

Participation criteria  for the photo selection was to have the word  “Iran”  in the photo tag or in the description, plus a high number of views/favorites, and finally uploaded by the photographer in 2009. Please post or link other photos that you find as top rated.

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Project: One Day - A Collective Narrative of Tehran

Collective-Narrative-TehranNovember 4, 2009 – January 23, 2010
Intersection for the art, San Francisco

A project organized by Taraneh Hemami & Ghazaleh Hedayat

Featuring the work of eight artists living in Tehran, Iran; Nima Alizadeh, Saba Alizadeh, Mohammad Ghazali, Ghazaleh Hedayat, Abbas Kowsari, Mehran Mohajer, Neda Razavipour, and Homayoun Sirizi – alongside new work by San Francisco-based artist Taraneh Hemami.

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Photos: The Life of Nomads in Iran


Nomadic people are communities of people who move from one place to another, rather than settling permanently in one location. There are an estimated 30-40 million nomads in the world. Many cultures have traditionally been nomadic, but traditional nomadic behavior is increasingly rare in industrialized countries.

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