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Photos: Deserts of Iran by Nasrollah Kasraian

By Syma Sayyah, Tehran


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Many of you will be familiar with the works of the well known veteran and internationally acclaimed Iranian photographer Nasrollah Kasraian, who has had more than 20 of his books published. Kasraian has taken a most diverse range of photographs in terms of people, the region and repetition in different years to record more changes than any Iranian photographer during his working life of nearly half a century.



Last month we were delighted to be presented with a signed copy of Mr Kasraian's latest book Deserts of Iran.   This book is the result of a long project by him to depict Iranīs deserts, including the Lut and Central deserts, throughout the past 30 years. One of the highlights of the books are photos of the famous Arg at Bam before and after the earthquake that five years ago destroyed it.  The Arg is now being restored with the help of the Italian Government and UNESCO.



I have known Mr Kasraian and his work since long before he become well known.  His first major book Our Home Land Iran was published after his trip to Europe in the early 1980's and made a remarkable impact on Iranian photo publishing standards, which he has kept to this day.


His latest book Deserts of Iran is a pleasurable window into the domain of part of this country that few of us ever get a chance to see.



In the introduction, he says that he has concentrated on two main traits of the Iranian deserts, the physical attributes such as the deserts itself and salt marshes, and the subtle aspects on people's daily lives and the living creatures of the deserts.


Here with his permission I have chosen some of my favorites from the book which I think are unique and wonderful yet different and unusual.  I hope you enjoy them too.



Please check out his website ( if you wish to become more familiar with his past works


Related article: Calendar by Kasraian dedicated to Bam


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