SOAS University of London

Hamideh Zolfaghari

12 Photographic Journeys - Iran in the 21st Century

15 October - 12 December 2003

Hamideh Zolfaghari, like Arshia Kiani, focuses on 'Ashoura', bringing out the mass movement, green flags, and the rhythm in the flux of motions remembering the martyrdom of Imam Hussein. For this photographer, the image is far more eloquent than words. 'An image conveys more emotion than a thousand words', says she.

Born in 1959, Hamideh Zolfaghari studied photography at San Jose University and other institutions in the USA. She has participated in a number of group exhibitions as well as solo shows in Tehran and the USA and won the first prize at the 1989 'Third Annual Photography Exhibition of Iran'. In 1994, she co-authored with Nasrollah Kasraian the photo book 'Tehran'. She has also worked as a photographer for UNICEF. In her work she documents the rituals of Persian life in sketches of 'Ashoura' as well as others such as village wedding ceremonies in a society in transition.