People of Persia
When local Sydney photographer Mobinah Ahmad booked her flights to Iran, she didn’t know what to expect. After arriving to perhaps one of the most controversial countries in the world, Mobinah soon realised Iran’s beauty extended far beyond its architectural structures. Here are some of her snaps capturing the ‘People of Persia.’
When I came back from Iran to tell everyone about my adventures, I realised there were many misconceptions about the country. Many people regard it as backward, oppressive, anti-American, pro-terrorism, and un-visitable. These have impacted the way the country and the people are perceived: almost as if 80 million people are supposed to be seen through one lens.
When I began speaking about my experiences, and showing my photographs, I noticed people were pleasantly surprised.
I have tried to present people with the broad overview of the incredible beauty and diversity of Iran. Iran has been a country of mysterious paradoxes; the historic Persian Empire, the beauty of traditional unique architecture and culture, and the political and religious movements.
This portrait series comes from two short weeks of exploring five incredible cities: Tehran, Mashhad, Esfahan, Shiraz and Qom.
I think one of the most striking thing about the Iran, is the women. Women in Iran are powerful, empowered, confident, and strong: they are businesswoman and trailblazers, respected and valued. That is not a very common perception of women from Iran as they are often seen as oppressed by their government and society. I hope this series hopes to educate others on the outside, to show them what the people really are like.
Local Sydney photographer Mobinah Ahmad looks beyond the lens at the people of Persia, modern day Iran.