A well-known photographer’s photo exhibition has been closed in Tehran and a day later, the art gallery showing the exhibition has also been shut down. (See links below)
The photographer is Peyman Houshmandzadeh, who is well-known for his satirical social commentaries through his photography of everyday life. The official reason announced for the savage treatment of this artist is “cheap works inconsistent with Islamic values.” Amirkabir news bulletin, however, says that the theme Mr. Houshmandzadeh had chosen for his photographs, seeing ordinary people through a frame consisting of the windshield of a car, in some instances included some religious writings which led to the closure.
Iranian artists, poets, writers, journalists, and intellectuals continue to be intimidated, harassed, persecuted, imprisoned, and executed for their conscience and thought.
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Take a look at some of those pictures and read the report on Amirkabir News here:
Here’s BBC Persian’s report on the subject (includes 8 of the 14 photographs in the exhibition):
Here you can see another collection of Houshmandzadeh’s satirical photography on BBC Persian:
Fars News’ announcement of the upcoming exhibition last week:
And here’s the link to Iran Vancouver’s television report on the incident: