The Citadel of the New City — “Shahreno” — was Tehran's brothel district before the 1979 Revolution. It was a cesspool of disease, drug addiction and crime; a direct result of poverty.
The area was destroyed during the first days of the new regime. The houses were demolished and the ladies were dispersed. Some were executed. Of the sordid life and culture of that district, all that remains today are some photographs.
The original documentary photographs were taken in 1356 (1977) over a period of nine months. This small selection of portraits of some of the women of The Citadel was digitally manipulated in 1381 (2002).