Images of Iran

Contemporary Iran

December 7, 2021
Photo Blog
A gathering of young Iranian men with an interest in American cars
A gathering of young Iranian men with an interest in American cars
An Iranian elderly man shows off his tattoos in Vakil Mosque, Shiraz
An Iranian elderly man shows off his tattoos in Vakil Mosque, Shiraz
The latest Iranian military equipment is displayed at an exhibition in Tehran marking the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution
The latest Iranian military equipment is displayed at an exhibition in Tehran marking the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution
Kids play in the gardens of Tehran's Holy Defense Museum in front of the site's famous model missiles
Kids play in the gardens of Tehran's Holy Defense Museum in front of the site's famous model missiles
Women stand guard over the burial of members of the Defenders of the Shrine, part of Iran's proxy militias in Iraq and Syria
Women stand guard over the burial of members of the Defenders of the Shrine, part of Iran's proxy militias in Iraq and Syria
An Iranian woman plays bowls at a sports club
An Iranian woman plays bowls at a sports club
A man addicted to drugs smokes at the abandoned Vakili Palace in Neyshabur
A man addicted to drugs smokes at the abandoned Vakili Palace in Neyshabur
A street performer draws crowds in front of the theater in Daneshjoo (Students) Park, Enghelab Street, Tehran
A street performer draws crowds in front of the theater in Daneshjoo (Students) Park, Enghelab Street, Tehran
Empty, unfinished buildings in the desert after the collapse of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's flagship Mehr Housing Project
Empty, unfinished buildings in the desert after the collapse of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's flagship Mehr Housing Project
An Iranian cleric enters the Eighth Imam Shiite shrine in Mashhad, Iran
An Iranian cleric enters the Eighth Imam Shiite shrine in Mashhad, Iran
A man and woman swim side by side in a pool
A man and woman swim side by side in a pool
A family has a desert picnic on the outskirts of their town
A family has a desert picnic on the outskirts of their town
Ballet dance training in a private, underground classroom called Dancer
Ballet dance training in a private, underground classroom called Dancer

Today, the Iranian government has restricted access to information on Iran so severely that few foreigners have a realistic impression of the country. The ethnic diversity, cultural depth, and ideological makeup of Iran is almost completely unknown to an outside audience. In this stunning collection for Middle East Images, Iranian-born photographers from different backgrounds lay bare the diversity of lived experience in modern-day Iran.

Pictures by various photographers for Middle East Images

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