For the past 20 years images and news from Iran have been fairly consistent. There are women in burqas, public demonstrations with burning flags, executions, and the ongoing threat of nuclear weaponry. Yet, in this 80 million-plus population lies a hidden life; albeit one that, against the conservative and theocratic laws that exist, still pervades the culture. A young photographer named Hossein Fatemi did a photo series of the “Iran that we never see.”
In the series, there are images of local parties with drinking and dancing, bohemian artists enjoying a smoke in their studio, and Islamic women playing billiards in an all men’s hall. There are even women on their balcony without any burqas on (still considered legal to do so), and a rock band practicing underground.
There still are strict laws, such as forbidding certain types of music and considering dogs unclean (your pet could be confiscated). Yet, in the midst of the laws, there are those who express their freedom within the confines of their own home and establishments that don’t enforce the rules. Check out more of Fatemi’s photography here.
via daily fresher