February 1, 2017

Muscle Gyms to Art Studios: Capturing Life in Tehran

Newsha Tavakolian's photos reveal day-to-day life in the Iranian capital

  • Written by Stuart Brumfitt
  • Photography by Newsha Tavakolian

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of Magnum, every month Amuse is focusing on the works of some of the agency’s most celebrated photographers as they catch people, landscapes and happenings from around the world. With Donald Trump banning Iranians (and people from six other majority-Muslim countries) from visiting the US, it felt fitting to focus on photographer Newsha Tavakolian’s work documenting the variety of daily life in Tehran.

Her photos show a bodybuilder pumping iron, an artist painting barefoot in her studio, men dancing in a wedding hall, masses of Made in Iran products on the supermarket shelves and an Iranian woman walking through a haze of smoke caused by the burning of the herb esfand to drive away the evil eye. Feast your eyes on these.

Magnum Photos’ 70th anniversary will be celebrated with a global programme of events throughout 2017 including an official anniversary book ‘Magnum Manifesto’ published by Thames & Hudson.


All images © Newsha Tavakolian/Magnum Photos


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