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Blank Pages of an Iranian Photo Album

Newsha Tavakolian captures contemporary Iran through personal stories of growing up in a post-Revolution society

Newsha Tavakolian

Newsha Tavakolian | Blank Pages of an Iranian Photo Album Portrait of Somayyeh. Tehran, Iran. 2014. © Newsha Tavakolian | Magnum Photos
Newsha Tavakolian | Blank Pages of an Iranian Photo Album A portrait of Nazanin, standing in the dark along the Caspian coastline. Tehran, Iran. 2011. © Newsha Tavakolian | Magnum Photos
Newsha Tavakolian | Blank Pages of an Iranian Photo Album Mahud, climbing the wall of the abandoned empty swimming pool, which is the only quiet place he can find to practice his singing. Tehran, Iran. 2014. © Newsha Tavakolian | Magnum Photos
Newsha Tavakolian | Blank Pages of an Iranian Photo Album A view of what was meant to become an outdoor cinema in Tochal. Tehran, Iran. 2006. © Newsha Tavakolian | Magnum Photos
Newsha Tavakolian | Blank Pages of an Iranian Photo Album Portrait of Sanaz in front of her apartment block in Ekbatan. Tehran, Iran. 2012. © Newsha Tavakolian | Magnum Photos
Newsha Tavakolian | Blank Pages of an Iranian Photo Album A young family looking at an Islamic Revolution poster while crossing the street. Tehran, Iran. 2014. © Newsha Tavakolian | Magnum Photos
Newsha Tavakolian | Blank Pages of an Iranian Photo Album Ali holding his daughter, Hadis who is celebrating her 8th birthday with family. Tehran, Iran. 2014. © Newsha Tavakolian | Magnum Photos
Newsha Tavakolian | Blank Pages of an Iranian Photo Album A large drawing of a woman without Islamic covering hidden behind a large sheet of white paper, as a girl tries to sneak a peek. Tehran, Iran. 2014. © Newsha Tavakolian | Magnum Photos
Newsha Tavakolian | Blank Pages of an Iranian Photo Album Shahin on the internet, while taking a break from his barista duties at the ‘Bitter’café. Tehran, Iran. 2013. © Newsha Tavakolian | Magnum Photos
Newsha Tavakolian | Blank Pages of an Iranian Photo Album Bita and her friend Shabnam, at a plastic surgeon’s office in Tehran. She is preparing herself to get Botox injections in her cheeks and lips. Tehran, Iran. 2014. © Newsha Tavakolian | Magnum Photos
Newsha Tavakolian | Blank Pages of an Iranian Photo Album Girls smoking in the hallway of university during a break. Tehran, Iran. 2014. © Newsha Tavakolian | Magnum Photos
Newsha Tavakolian | Blank Pages of an Iranian Photo Album A couple next to the sea in northern Iran. Tehran, Iran. 2008. © Newsha Tavakolian | Magnum Photos

Renowned Iranian photographer Newsha Tavakolian mixes artistic creation and journalism with her new book, Blank Pages of an Iranian Photo Album. Drawing inspiration from the traditional Iranian family photo album to deftly chronicle middle class life, Tavakolian following Iranians from several generations with her camera. She does not shy away from the complexity, inaccessibility, and myriad contradictions that shape her homeland.