Shappi & Peyvand Khorsandi


Shappi Khorsandi, The Guardian: "My brother Peyv and I have a real attachment to this photo [left]. It’s our favourite. I look scared and so does he, but he has a brave little smile that says: “I’ll protect you. I might wet my pants in the process, but I’ll protect you.” This is one of the last times our lives were carefree. We’re about four and five. We didn’t know England existed, had no idea what Wombles were; we were Iranian... Shortly after, we were up­rooted to England and never went back. Then family life was chaotic. My parents were getting to grips with a new culture and language, and we never knew if members of our family had survived another carpet bombing in Iran. After this photo was taken, our destiny catapulted us into another life. But it’s how Peyv and I see one another: side by side, holding hands. Me and my brother against the world."

Shappi Khorsandi is currently on tour.

03/05/2011 - 15:37

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Azadeh Azad


by Azadeh Azad on

I love Shappi's facial expression and body language. Priceless :-).




Shappi khanoom, nice pics...

by Reality-Bites on

But shame "Peyv" chickened out of wearing the adult equivalent of the Speedos of childhood.

The Wombles t-shirt saves the day though.......almost.



by Mehrban on

Great idea and a great execution.  Reminds me a little of Cindy Sherman's work.

Jahanshah Javid


by Jahanshah Javid on

Great idea and execution :)

Nazy Kaviani

Great idea!

by Nazy Kaviani on

It's a lovely picture and a great idea to re-do it all these years later. If I could only suggest one small correction--you and your brother together are not "against" the world at all. You two make the world a lot saner and more bearable for a lot of us! Love you guys.


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by rain bow movment on

good on you,I like the photos it's so real.Ileft Iran 29 years ago and never went back.

I'm hopeing by end of 1390 would be the end of IRI and I will go back to see what these moghol done to the country.