Armin Amirian

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.

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DRY TIMES: TEHRAN GALLERY SHOW DRAWS ATTENTION TO NATIONAL DROUGHT

May 2, 2016

In this article, The Art Newspaper talks about Blue Gold, an exhibition at Etemad Gallery in Tehran featuring Armin Amirian and Sassan Behnam Bakhtiar, and which took on 'one of the biggest issues now facing modern Iran: a drought dating back at least seven years, with water tables falling perilously in parched regions and fabled rivers running dry.'