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Olivia Arthur April 7, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Iran.
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Fatima, Iran. From the Middle Distance Series

For the past two years British born photographer Olivia Arthur has been working on a project about women and the east-west cultural divide. The major part of her work is called ‘the middle-distance’ and documents the lives of young women living along the border between Europe and Asia. “Traveling in the region I also became very aware of the closeness of Iran to the issues I was following, and I later went and made a separate series there. I am now starting work on a new project about British-Asian women in London”. This work has been exhibited at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, was selected for the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward 2007, a National Media Museum Bursary, and won the 2007 Inge Morath Award from Magnum Photos.

About the Photograph:

The picture was taken in a small community on the outskirts of Tehran. In the house four sisters live together. Three of them have epilepsy which prevents them from being able to work and two of them have been deserted by their husbands. The youngest sister works to look after the whole family, including her older sister’s three children. In the photograph is Fatima, one of the children, who had slipped away upstairs to say her midday prayers. The poster on the wall is of her uncle who is a wedding- DJ. He is married and doesn’t live with the rest of the family.


1. Ishiah White - January 12, 2009

I go to the Governor’s School for the Arts and I am currently in a photojournalism class. One of our assignments was to pick a photographer and write an essay on them and about their work. I chose you because I love the idea of going to the border line and documenting the women. Its amazing and challenging. I also love the wedding pictures and the thirteen year old with her baby is a beautiful photo!!
oh my goodness! (just wanted to comment on your work.)

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