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Newsha Tavakolian August 25, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Iran.
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“Coffeeshop in Iran” Tehran, 2007

Newsha  Tavakolian (b.1981, Iran) began working as professional photographer with the Iranian press at age 16! She started with the woman’s daily newspaper Zan, and later worked with nine reformist dailies, all since banned. Newsha began working internationally, covering Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan in 2002. Her work has been published in Time Magazine, Newsweek, Stern, Le Figaro, Colors, New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Der Speigel & Le Monde 2. Awards include the NPPA & Missouri School of Journalism, 2003. She is represented by Polaris Images and is a founding member of EVE Photographers with five other women photojournalists. In addition, Newsha was a finalist for the Inge Morath award and chosen by World Press Photo organization with five other photographers, to attend the Joop Swart Masterclass in 2007.

About the Photograph:

“I went to a cafe, called a ‘Coffeeshop in Iran’. They don’t serve alcohol there and it’s mainly a meeting place for young people. The day before the government had decided that smoking in public places was deemed illegal. I wanted to focus on the two girls and the ventilator when this guy lighted his pipe. Iranian’s, mainly Tehrani’s often spend time in places like this where they can meet each other and smoke without their families seeing it.”

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