“By an Eyewitness”, به روایت یک شاهد عینی , is a series of photographs by Azadeh Akhlaghi that were exhibited at Mohsen Gallery in Tehran in March and raised a lot of attention/admiration. Azadeh Akhlaghi’s powerful work is a mesmerising combination of photography and history with a cinematic feel. As Azadeh says in a statement about the exhibition, “It is about depiction of the moment of dying of the people who lived decently and passed bitterly, but there is something sacred about their death, which has been forgotten or stained.” Among the subjects that Azadeh used in her work are Iranian artists, clerics, athletes and revolutionary figures.
“In By an Eye Witness Akhlaghi provides an experience that accomplishes something increasingly rare in the Islamic Republic, which is unifying Iranians around a common theme, in this case many of the tragic deaths in the country’s modern history. The project is even more compelling in that no photographs of these particular events, or the scenes that surrounded them, were taken at the time. Each image in the series of 19 photos is a reenactment of an event, painstakingly reconstructed by Akhlaghi, who used a combination of archived information, news reports and in many instances, accounts from witnesses, many of whose recollections differed from one another.” Writes Jason Rezaian on Washingtonpost.com.
We sure wished we were able to eyewitness “By an Eyewitness” in Tehran, but for now, make sure to read more about it on Washingtonpost.com here and enjoy the slide show.