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Bam photo expo underway at Tehran Niavaran Cultural Center

Tehran, Dec 26, IRNA -- On the anniversary of the devastating quake which struck the southeastern city of Bam, Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ahmad Masjed-Jamei opened Bam Photo Exhibition (December 25-January 9, 2005) dubbed 'Bam Sprouts' at Niavaran Cultural Center.

photo: ISNA

The inaugural ceremony of the exposition on Saturday was attended by a number of cultural officials and artists.

Some 144 pieces of photos from 37 prominent photographers are showcased at the ongoing event.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the exposition, Masjed- Jamei referred to the full flow of life in Bam and said that it is the duty of the artists to reflect the joy and life in the city along with the shortcomings.

photo: ISNA

Turning to photography as a media influencing the public opinion, the minister noted that photo can represent development and drawback of any phenomenon.

For his part, deputy minister of culture and Islamic guidance, Mohammad Sohofi, said that the exhibition displays the sense of responsibility of professional photographers towards a national disaster.

"The photos on Bam earthquake can create a new wave which would expedite the reconstruction process in the city. Photography does not merely aim to reflect an incident, but rather deals with artistic feelings," he added.

photo: ISNA

The exhibition secretary, Alireza Karimi Saremi said that the photos on display were selected among 2,800 pieces of photographs which were submitted to the secretariat.

He referred to dissemination of information as the special feature of the art of photography and said, "Through his searching eyes, the photographer conveys the gravity of the catastrophe to the viewer," he concluded.

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