Silk Road Celebrates Iranian Photography



The Silk Road, the first Iranian gallery exclusively devoted to photography - opened in December 2001. The tenth anniversary of the gallery was marked by the publication of a (French) photobook: La Photographie Iranienne. 

For the first time, forty Iranian photographers were brought together under a volume that introduces to the Western reader the plurality and vitality of artistic photography. For these photographers, the choice of subjects – many of which are taboo – is a sensitive issue. 

Iranian photography is characterized by its degree of commitment and political dimension. The approaches of the artists are rarely neutral, and most, through their images, want to denounce injustices inherent in the reality of their everyday life.  

Akin to its namesake, the ancient roadway through which both goods and cultures were exchanged, the Silk Road Gallery's mission is to present to the world the photography of a new generation of Iranian artists. Thanks to the book La Photographie Iranienne we now can get a better idea of how Iranian photographers have managed to create their own distinctive style of communication.

For this portfolio, we selected samples of the work of the following photographers: Abbas Kowsari, Arash Hanaei, Babak Kazemi, Bahman Jalali, Mehraneh Atashi, Gohar Dashti, Mohsen Rastani, Rana Javadi, Sasan Abri and Nasrin Talebi.