Iran, A Picture Book
Since the revolution in 1979, Iran has developed an image culture projecting statesanctioned religious ideology in public spaces that serve as transit zones. Between 2011 and 2014, German artist and former freelance photographer for the New York Times Oliver Hartung produced a body of work on Iran comprised of images which, upon first glance, depict colorful street paraphernalia, posters, graffiti, murals, monuments, and war cemeteries, but upon a closer inspection reveal a much deeper psychology engineered to bolster the myth of the Islamic Republic. Hartung’s unique view of the Middle East—often lost amid images of war and conflict—creates a portrait of a country still largely unknown to the West. Part of a long-term project exploring the contemporary cultures of the Middle East, Hartung’s thoughtful monograph is packed with over 300 color images. Hartung’s last publication with Spector was Syria Al-Assad.
8 ¾ x 12 ¼ in. / 470 pp / 340 color
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