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"Hope, Votes, And Bullets": A Fantastic Illustrated book on 2009 Persia

Essays, blog posts, and illustrations by people inside and outside Iran whose lives were changed by the 2009 election in Iran; all have been gathered in the unique book "Hope, Votes, And Bullets". Collected and edited by Kamran Ashtary, Tori Egherman, and Hamid Tehrani, the book was published last week by the Holland-based Art for Democracy.

According the AFD: "A few days before the election, a friend called from the middle of hundreds of thousands gathered in Azadi [Freedom] Square in support of reform and wearing green. "Can you believe what we have done?" We heard the hope and excitement in his voice. "I am in the middle of half a million people," he told us. "We are changing Iran." A few years earlier he had told us that he would never ever get involved with politics again. He had been a student activist in the late 90s and felt betrayed by the régime and his fellow citizens when the movement was violently dispersed and many of its partici­pants imprisoned, some for years. Now our friend was full of hope. How could we help but feel otherwise?

This book was born from that hope. It started with email chats and phone calls and bal­looned into a major undertaking that will likely be an ongoing project for years to come. The three of us working on collecting the material shared a love for Iran, a pas­sion for blogs and blogging, and a strong sense of the imperfect power of democracy. We shared a connection, both virtual and physical. We had all been up nights blogging about the campaign in Iran, talking to strangers, friends, family: anyone who would share information about what was happening on the streets.

Since the election, we have collected blog posts, images, and articles that reflect the immediacy of the year in Iran from the flawed elections to the silent marches, to crack downs, executions, torture, and rape; from Where is my vote to I demand my rights, from reform to activism, wrongs to rights, revolution to evolution and back again."

"Hope, Votes, And Bullets" is a personal collection, filled with raw emotion, interspersed with more measured reflection. Journalists, writers, film makers, academics, activists, bloggers, artists, cartoonists, and bloggers have all contributed.


Several of the authors have chosen to remain anonymous, others are named. Some have written specifically for this collection, others have agreed to allow the editors to reprint their work. This is a shared effort with many voices and images; it is a labor of love, framed in a design that gives life and power to the words and the events behind them.

About the Editors:

Kamran Ashtary is a graduate of the Rietveld Academy and completed a one-year fellowship at Cooper Union in New York. His work has been exhibited and published all over the world. The Persian-Dutch designer is the co-author of the photo book Iran: View from Here (2007) Recently, he co-founded the peace, human rights, and democracy institute Arseh Sevom.

Tori Egherman, writer and editor, is a graduate of the Cooper Union for the Advance­ment of Science and Art. The American writer lived and worked in Iran for four years and was the pri­mary author of the blog View from Iran. In 2007, she co-authored the photography book Iran: View from Here.

Hamid Tehrani is a journalist, researcher and blogger. He is Iran editor of Harvard's Global Voices and co-founder of the award-winning March 18 Movement to protect bloggers. He has commented frequently on Persian-language media and civil society in international media and delivered speeches on this topic in media and academic centers such as Yale University. He also contributed to various digital projects such as Digiactive. Tehrani has an MA in European Politics, Cultures, and Organizations.

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