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Riccardo Zipoli's Photos of Iran at Tehran's Silk Road Gallery

By Syma Sayyah, Tehran
Last week at the invitation of the Italian Embassy Cultural Center and The Silk Road Gallery, I went to the opening of the exhibition of most interesting photographs by the well known and distinguished scholar Professor Riccardo Zipoli.  At the opening, we met many Italians who are living here in Tehran, including Ms Ferraro, the cultural attaché, Ms. Francesca Lancillotti (Toscano), the Italian ambassador's wife, as well as many other active Italians and Iranian-Italians.
The photographs were taken during many trips to Iran.  Prof. Zipoli Speaks fluent Persian and has translated Sohrab Sepehri's poems, in two languages, in collaboration with Angelo Pontecorboli as the editor in Italy.  He was born in Florence and has taught at the university there for 30 years, and since 1980 he has been the director of the European-Asian Department.
Riccardo Zipoli has published many articles on Iran and Persian Literature and has had many exhibitions of photographs.  There will be a book of his photos titled 'Ta shaqayeg hast'* published by Zarrin-o-Simin Publications soon.
I have contacted Prof. Zipoli and he has given his permission to publish some of the photographs from his original digital format.  Here they are and a few others I took during the exhibition for you to enjoy.
* A reference to a line from one of Sepehri's poem meaning "as long as there are poppies"
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