Certain type of faces
Davoodi's "Faces of Tehran"
August 22, 2004
i have been feeling uncomfortable for the past few days after
looking at your pics from people in tehran [Faces
of Tehran]. maybe i am not familiar
with artistic styles but what i see as a resident of tehran is
a number of pics taken from a particular class of people in special
places where you frequented during your stay here. look at the
ever-present white tiles of traditional tea houses or baghali which
happens to be quite interesting locations to you. i did not see
one single university student carrying books, or employees carrying
the first thing you see in tehran is the young generation in
strange outfits and hairdo, as if they want to prove something
or are objecting someone. people carrying their musical
instruments, boys with picked eyebrows which may be disgusting
to people my age, and young boys and girls with torn jeans. i am
quite sure they want to show something to someone, but i do not
know that thing and that person.
i see them almost everyday whenever i get out of home or look out of the window
of my office. i do not have any problem with the pictures you have taken. you
could take the same pics from similar group of people you met almost everywhere,
from cairo and damascus to central asian republics. my probelm is with the
name you have chosen.
first of all your excuse about not being allowed to take picture
of women is accepted but then you should change the title of your
gallery into "faces of men in tehran" and not only that,
in my opinion the title should be "faces of some of the men
in traditional tea houses and BAGHALIS in tehran".
i know it is a trend among iranian artists to show the poverty
and illiteracy in their country (following the method of iranian
film directors) but for me as a resident in tehran this pictorial
discription of people here is unrealistic. i have an advice for
you. next time you are here call me to show you around the two
to see groups of people you apparently never know exist.
let me take you to art galleries, music and computer institutes,
and sport clubs.
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