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Qajar | Photographer: Shadi Ghadirian

Qajar | Photographer: Shadi Ghadirian | BLACK AND WHITE | Scoop.it

Her Qajar Series (1998-2001) consists of small studio portraits of women dressed in the nineteenth-century Qajar style. Many of the women photographed are Ghadirian's friends and family. The backgrounds of these portraits resemble those found in photographic studios of that period. However, the artist has added some modern anomalies or dissonances, such as a mountain bike, a newspaper, or a Pepsi-Cola can. Ghadirian plays with these juxtapositions and contrasts, thus expressing the difficulties women face in Iran today - torn between tradition and the modernity of globalization. These composed portraits depict women unsure to which era they belong.

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LIFE IN WAR | Photojopurnalist: Majid Saeedi

LIFE IN WAR | Photojopurnalist: Majid Saeedi | BLACK AND WHITE | Scoop.it

Herat, Afghanistan

Zahra, 20, burned herself four years ago. Women are in a subordinate position in Afghan society, where conservative Islamic laws and tribal traditions dictate what they are allowed to do. Forced marriages, domestic violence, poverty, and lack of access to education are said to be some of the main reasons for self-immolation.

Afghanistan has dealt with decades of war - sometimes under attack from other countries and at other times with civil wars. As a result, Afghans suffer from serious traumas and hurt as survivors of war, whether children who have lost parents or single mothers managing for their families after their husbands have been killed. Despite poverty, drug addiction, and lack of education, life goes on in Afghanistan as people continue to try to heal and live with hope.

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Majid Saeedi is an award-winning, internationally recognized Iranian photographer. He has photographed throughout the Middle East for the past two decades, focusing on humanitarian issues, with a special interest in telling previously untold stories of social injustice. He also especially enjoys doing street photography – portraying citizens and ordinary life. TECHNICAL INFORMATIONCAMERA: Canon EOS 5D Mark II

SHUTTER SPEED: 1/100 sec
ISO: 640
F-STOP: 4
FOCAL LENGTH: 105 mm  

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