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 (www.kasraian.com) if you wish to become more
familiar with his past works
Calendar by Kasraian
dedicated to Bam
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