An Iranian Journey: Hossein Fatemi Takes Us Inside an Unseen World

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.

Source: Hossein Fatemi via My Modern Met

Men and women in a hookah bar

Men and women in a hookah bar from Hossein Fatemi's An Iranian Journey

Salon, where men may not enter or work

Salon, where men may not enter or work

Private party with rock music

Private party with rock music

Drinking and dancing at a private party

Drinking and dancing at a private party

Two Iranian women workout at women’s only gym

Two Iranian women workout at women's only gym

Young artist relaxes with a drink

Young artist relaxes with a drink

Dogs are kept indoors because some in Iranian culture consider them unclean

Dogs are usually kept indoors because some in Iranian culture consider them unclean

Playing music in a public park

Playing music in a public park

Two women play pool in a men’s only billiards hall

Two women play pool in a men's only billiards hall

Local band practicing rock music in secret

Local band practicing rock music in secret

Two women enjoy a cigarette without their coverings

Two women enjoy a cigarette without their coverings

Women shop for and discuss undergarments

Women shop for and discuss undergarments

A young Iranian man practices free-running, or parkour

A young Iranian man practices free-running, or parkour

A young couple studies the Koran in a cemetary

>A young couple studies the Koran in a cemetary

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