Zanjir is a conversation imagined between the Persian princess and memoirist Taj Saltaneh (1883 - 1936) and I.
In 2004, I visited the Golestan museum in central Tehran to begin work on academic archival research. The museum was once home to Qajars, and to the King’s wives and relatives. The photographs in the museum’s archives, amongst others, include those taken between 1860 and 1896 by Nasr al din shah, the King during the Qajar Era, when photography first arrived in Iran. These archival photographs became a cornerstone of the project due to the multiple potential interpretations and readings of the imagery. I decided to tell my story through that of others – those who lived in the past and yet their stories still exist in the present.
RRB Photobooks / IC Visual Lab
Softcover, 152 pages
23.4 x 15.6 cm
Design by Alejandro Acin (ICVL Studio)
Edited by Alejandro Acin, Amak Mahmoodian & Aaron Schuman
Winner, Photo/Text Award. Les Recontres de la Photographie, Arles. 2020
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