I was inspired to create this poster here and the clip at the end of the post:
Some of the images were breathtaking and I would like to share them with you.
The Artistic Director of the Photoquai biennial is my friend, Anahita Ghabaian Etehadieh, Iranian founder and owner of the Silk Road Gallery, the only establishment in Iran dedicated exclusively to photography.
These two women were photgraphed by Bahman Jalali, one of the two curators of the exhibition:
More ambitious than the biennial itself, is the homage given to a sample of 165 years of Iranian photography, in the museum. It gives an overview of Iranian photography from the end of the 19th century, with the portraits from the Qajar era, up until the most contemporary works by major Iranian photographers. An uneven, discontinuous road full of great surprises…
I love this shy Tar player:
The exhibition was especially interesting to me in its depth if not breadth of the older photos. I love these cute children photographed with their father in early 20th century peeking out of their hejab:
The exhibit spills into 20th century with masterpieces like Kaveh Golestan’s images of Iran Iraq war:
This visual storytelling will continue in the Musée de la Monnaie, museum of the French Mint and Treasury until December 20th. The exhibition is called “between Hope and Chaos” dedicated to 30 years of Iranian photojournalism, the three most recent generations of Iranian photographers between the 1979 Islamic Revolution and 2009.
I would look for my favorite works exhibited by Newsha Tavakolian:
I prefer this one that I got from her site—there is something otherworldly about Persepolis under snow…
Photoquai tries to highlight and promote artists unknown or little known in Europe encouraging cross-cultural dialogue across the globe.
A promenade along the Seine at quai Branly had been transformed into an open-air exhibition of photography where 50 photographers, chosen by the likes of Reza Deghati, the phenomenal Iranian photographer, exhibit their work.
Watch a great clip in TV5 here (even if you don’t speak french!)
165 years of Iranian photography here
PhotoQuai, Quai Branly Museum here
Iran, between Hope and Chaos here