SOAS University of London

Javad Montazeri

12 Photographic Journeys - Iran in the 21st Century

15 October - 12 December 2003

Javad Montazeri concentrates on the behavior of the clerics. In his photographs we see turbaned heads in most unlikely places: reflected in surrounding glasses, meditating on a grey rug with green lines, riding a motorcycle, behind computers. Times seem to cross each other, or one encases the other, creating surprises, sometimes burlesque and absurd, but always fascinating.

Born in 1968, Javad Montazeri studied photography at Azad University of Tehran and has worked extensively for local and international news agencies including Reuters. He is recipient of a number of prizes in photography. His camera takes the viewers into the sanctuaries of Shi'ite learning bringing out the unexpected in the lives of ' talibahs' (students of religious studies).