“I loved the city of Qum, which has beautiful turquoise dome mosques like a city you would imagine in ‘1001 Nights,’” Mr. Yaghobzadeh said. “There is a certain mystery to this city. For me it was a fascinating subject.
“I wanted to see how — 30 years after the revolution — the clergy was living; not on a political level, but on a day-to-day basis. I thought it was important to show a more private view of the mullahs who were ruling Iran. I showed them my work of the Iranian revolution so that we could build up a sense of mutual trust.”