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© Shadi Ghadirian

Though a photograph should speak for itself, one cannot be oblivious to the fact that what we see are constructed images of her own gender, at a particular moment in history, created by a young Iranian woman.
As opposed to the work of a few women photographers from the Middle East, living and exhibiting in the West, that explores the notion of the 'western image of eastern woman' and their personal alienation, Ghadirian's photographs are unique. They are images from within that do not play on western sensitivities but stand on their own.

Dr. Reza Sheikh