Beyond realism: Iran's photographers recreate images of nation
November 27, 2019 - Scheherezade Faramarzi
When carrying a camera in public became risky, many Iranian photographers turned to conceptual forms of image capturing.
Staged photography, a genre characterised by technical, decorative and theatrical innovations, became a popular option for a growing number of photojournalists and aspiring photographers in Iran following the 2009 post-election protests.
Triggered by the disputed re-election of then President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June 2009, millions took to the streets in protests that led to dozens being killed and thousands arrested. Anyone with a camera became a target of a violent crackdown by authorities seeking to prevent photos of the unrest reaching the world.