Shadi Ghadirian

Shadi Ghadirian has a reputation as a photographer of women's issues and concerns. That is perhaps a little narrow as her photos also comment on social concerns and realities and the paradoxes that are so often found in Iran. Her earliest work, is largely responsible for this reputation - probably in part because it featured women and in part because the work was very strong. These first two series - Qajar and Like Every Day - grew from her changing reality. For the first she was as a new graduate straddling the old and the new of Iran - the traditional and the modern. For the second series she was a newlywed and it was, as she says "very natural that after marriage, vacuum cleaners and pots and pans find their way into my photographs."

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