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Iason Athanasiadis photos at Tehran's Artists Forum: Asia Minor Photographs

1/10/06 By Syma Sayyah, Tehran

The Artists Forum (Khaneh Honarmandan) is well known for promoting art and culture as well as being the venue for many important events and conferences. The Artists Forum under the directorship of Mr. Gharibpour has given its support to Iranian and non Iranian artists.

The Artists Forum first exhibition on the eve of the New Year (2006) was a photo exhibition of a multi-talented Greek-British whiz-kid, Iason Athanasiadis who speaks, reads and writes very good Persian as well as Arabic, which he studied at Oxford.

Iason Athanasiadis

He is a well established photographer and has had several exhibitions in Europe and the Middle East. He is also a very active journalist working for Greek papers and TV as well as the BBC, while at the same time doing an MA in International Politics at the University of Foreign Affairs here in Tehran. He has lived in Middle East for five years and traveled to Morocco, Syria, Yemen, Egypt and Qatar and spend long stints in each country to enhance his deeper understanding of their people and their values.

Ashura mourning ceremony

Esfahan, Iran

The exhibition was at the Tajroubeh (experimental) Workshop on the roof of the two story building. It was nicely lit by candles so that one could pay attention to the works which were so correctly lit. I would like to add that this exhibition was sponsored by Nikon Agent in Tehran M/S Nikonegarsh (

The desert

Statues in Tehran

This exhibition, Glimpses of Asia Major, presents a human and landscape panorama from Iran and Afghanistan, according to the exhibition notes. We see his works from middle Asia mainly Iran and Afghanistan some of which are quite moving. He considers that the two countries represent two extremes. While Iran is a country struggling to modernize and take its place at the head of the region, Afghanistan represents what many might consider to be a cautionary tale to its Western neighbor.

I found some of the photographs very moving and intense. As one well known and accomplished photojournalist whom I met at the exhibition said, all photographers have too many pictures on show at every exhibition, this is no exception. We enjoyed looking at photographs and the ambience



Here I have a few of the pictures for you to observe. Iason's next exhibition in Tehran will be next year and is going to be "Hellenism in Persian: from Alexander to the Islamic Republic". We look forward to this exhibition most earnestly.

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View of Tehran

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