Photos by Kaveh Rostamkhani
Iranian-German photojournalist Kaveh Rostamkhani has won the gold medal of China's photojournalism competitions for his project "The youth in Iran seeking identity."
This is what Kaveh has to say about his project:
While the “Arab Spring” is still present all over the media, we don’t hear much from a political upheaval in Iran. Iran, where after the Presidential Elections four years ago, millions of people went on the street and demonstrated for liberal reforms in the country. Even now, as the embargos cause severe existential problems for the Iranian society. The Washington Post then referred to the Iranian youth as “couch rebels” who prefer to share photos of protests on Facebook rather than going on the street and protest for a better life. The unmet wish of liberal reforms and freedom has led the Iranian youth to organize their needs in a matchless underground scene. The scene reaches from 50 people gatherings where every major brand sprit is served, to underground music bands such as „Garage480„ who spread themselves over social networks.
The upper middle class of the population, where most of the “couch rebels” come from, can survive the severe economic conditions materially. Thus after facing the brutal put down of the protests three years ago they have given up hope to diametrical changes as they fear to lose even this option of living their materially sophisticated life due to even higher pressures then and become a lost generation as happened in Syria.
About: Kaveh Rostamkhani is an independent Iranian-German photojournalist. He got into photography in 2005 and taught himself autodidactically until he was later mentored by other photographers.
In 2009 he served as an intern with AFP in Berlin and since then his work has been published in various publications such as Le Monde, Liberation, Los Angles Times and others. In late 2009 he started studying photojournalism and documentary photography in Hanover, Germany. He continued his studies at the University of Wales, Newport in 2012 from where he holds a degree.
Presently he pursues personal documentary projects and is available for editorial, corporate and portrait assignments. His recent editorial clients include Capital, Cicero, Helsingin Sanomat, Neue Zurcher Zeitung, Suddeutsche Zeitung and Die Tageszeitung. He has also worked with Mashallah News, TONIC Magazin, Reporters Without Borders (Germany) and Unicef Germany as a contributor. Besides photographing, he occasionally writes articles about current issues concerning photojournalism in Die Tageszeitung.
His work has been on display in several group exhibitions in London, Berlin, Hanover and Munich as well as in Tehran and Tbilisi.
He fluently speaks English, Farsi and German and has some advanced knowledge in French. He lives in Berlin and Hanover.
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