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Photos: The transformation of Asgar to Maria, and the ramifications

Photos by Newsha Tavakolian (2007):


Maria is an Iranian transsexual. She changed her gender some years ago after a life as a truck driver on the Iran-Europe route. Her life is more difficult now. Maria's family thought their father had married another woman. But after a 'yellow' paper revealed her true identity, they found out that 'Asgar' had become 'Maria'. Depression has hit her hard. She now leads a lonely life in a small room in downtown Tehran.

See complete high resolution photos in this series (Maria) and other series on Newsha Tavakolian's web site:

About: Newsha Tavakolian
has been working as a photographer for Iranian press since she was 16. In 2002 she started to work internationally covering Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Yemen...

Her pictures have been published in Time, Newsweek, Stern, New York Times magazine and Le Figaro, NRC Handelsblad in the Netherlands...

In 2003 Newsha was runner up in the Picture of the Year award, magazine feature.
In 2006 she was selected for the World Press Photo Masterclass. Also in 2006 Newsha won a National Geographic Society Award.
In 2007 Newsha became a finalist of the Inge Morath award from Magnum

She is represented by Polarisimages.


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