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Breathing Space

Iranian Women Photographers

Anahita Ghabaian


A remarkable look at Iran through the lenses of 23 women photographers, at a moment in history when Iranian women are fighting for their rights with courage and determination

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Breathing Space showcases the work of twenty-three women photographers from Iran and their diverse approaches to their craft. Exploring a range of photographic styles and genres, they record the past and present upheavals of their homeland as well as tackling subjects such as the nature of memory, the tension between tradition and modernity, and the scars of conflict and loss. Whether documentary or conceptual, their images have global resonance and speak of the hunger for freedom and the power of women to shape the world.


'This beautiful book is a fantastic collection which speaks to women’s desire to shape the world'
Amateur Photographer

'Brings together the work of 23 photographers from three generations and their contrasting approaches to both their craft and the changing society in which they’ve lived since 1979. These are images of protest and art, which come together beautifully in this fascinating book'
New Statesman, Books of the Year

'The poetry that lies at the heart of Iranian culture comes alive in this transfixing portrait of a society in upheaval... From the chillingly familiar pictures of the 1979 Iranian Revolution to the boundary-pushing art of the present, the artists featured here reveal photography as a form of protest that gains power from its diversity and ability to both depict an often-impermeable society and envision a new version. This is excellent'
Publisher's Weekly

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 31.0 x 23.0 cm

Extent: 160 pp

Illustrations: 140

Publication date: 6 July 2023

ISBN: 9780500027158

Contents List

Nazli Abbaspour
Hoda Afshar
Atoosa Alebouyeh
Hoda Amin
Mina Boromand
Solmaz Daryani
Gohar Dashti
Maryam Firuzi
Shadi Ghadirian
Hengameh Golestan
Ghazaleh Hedayat
Rana Javadi
Mahboube Karamli
Gelareh Kiazand
Yalda Moaiery
Sahar Mokhtari
Tahmineh Monzavi
Pargol E. Naloo
Malekeh Nayiny
Mahshid Noshirvani
Ghazaleh Rezaei
Maryam Takhtkeshian
Newsha Tavakolian

About the Author

Anahita Ghabaian Etehadieh is the founder of Silk Road Gallery in Tehran, Iran’s first gallery dedicated to contemporary photography.