The country and people of Iran have been viewed with mystery by many outsiders, especially those in the Western world. It’s oppressive religious government restricts many aspects of its citizens lives, and seeks to shelter them from the influences of the outside world. But in Iranian photographer Hossein Fatemi’s An Iranian Journey we see that life in the Persian state is much more complicated and complex than it may seem.
Hossein takes us along as we see the world that few outside are ever allowed to see, and that many were afraid to let be seen. Men and women listen to rock music, drink alcohol, dance, and even wear revealing clothing. Some refused to appear on camera, for fear of reprisal. But for those who did, they provide us a glimpse into a society which is both astonishingly beautiful and full of contradiction. To see more of Hossein’s work, visit his website.
Men and women in a hookah bar
Salon, where men may not enter or work
Private party with rock music
Drinking and dancing at a private party
Two Iranian women workout at women’s only gym
Young artist relaxes with a drink
Dogs are kept indoors because some in Iranian culture consider them unclean
Playing music in a public park
Two women play pool in a men’s only billiards hall
Local band practicing rock music in secret
Two women enjoy a cigarette without their coverings
Women shop for and discuss undergarments
A young Iranian man practices free-running, or parkour
A young couple studies the Koran in a cemetary