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Capturing Change: Iran Through the Photographer's Lens

Updated: Sep 8, 2023

Venture into the captivating world of my PhD dissertation, where I unravel the stories behind Iran's pivotal photographic moments. This video offers a glimpse into the central themes of my research from the University of Pantheon-Sorbonne, focusing on the profound impact of photography during Iran's transformative years. By spotlighting the works of key photographers, we chart a journey that captures the essence of a nation in flux.

As a Visual Anthropology graduate from the University of Manchester, my passion for contemporary visual culture found a unique direction focusing on Iran. Based in Paris, the birthplace of photography, my PhD research delves deep into the realm of documentary photography in Iran.

In my PhD research, I delve deep into Iranian documentary photography, seeking to challenge and deconstruct Western-centric viewpoints. Drawing inspiration from 'theories from the south', my work foregrounds marginalized narratives, with a keen focus on the experiences of women and children. Using a rich array of Persian resources and first-hand interviews with Iranian photographers, I aim to decentralize traditional academic hierarchies, thereby offering a more nuanced and encompassing perspective on Iran's visual history.

This approach not only enriches our understanding but also bridges cultural gaps, fostering a global academic discourse that truly values and integrates diverse perspectives. Ultimately, my PhD stands as a testament to the transformative power of shifting lenses and viewing the world through a more inclusive prism.

As both a researcher and documentary filmmaker, I've dedicated myself to seeking portals into the untold narratives, striving to shine light on the marginalized, especially women. Even within dominantly masculine realms such as war and its photography, I believe in revealing the overlooked and powerful stories of women, giving voice to those who've long been silenced amidst louder narratives.

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Funding for this film was provided by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Nº 813547.

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