© SHADI GHADIRIAN
Setting the stage with a painted backdrop, the sort used in Iran near the end of the Qajar era (1786-1925) for studio portraits, Ghadirian posed her models with modern objects that were forbidden or restricted in Iran in 1998. In some cases, clothes worn by the sitters in 1998 were more conservative than those worn by the sitters in the early 20th century.
© AMIRALI GHASEMI
Tehran Remixed: Party Series, 2005
In his vibrant series, Tehran Remixed: Party Series, Amirali Ghasemi offers a fresh take on documentary photography. Created during Mohammad Khatami’s presidential tenure in 2005, the series challenges the Iranian media’s suppressed and veiled images of Tehran’s middle class youth. Digitally removing faces and body parts, Ghasemi manages to conjure a narrative on Tehran’s youth culture without compromising the privacy of his subjects.
© Jeff Goldstein Collection
Salvador Dali Outside the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, circa 1952
This portrait of Salvador Dali was taken outside of the MOMA by Vivian Maier. The date of this photo coincides with the MOMA’s run of their exhibition “Five French Photographers,” which featured the work of Brassai, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, Willy Ronis, and Izis. The exhibition was curated by Edward Steichen, and ran from December 18, 1951 to February 24, 1952.
(image 1) © FORMENTO & FORMENTO
Allie XIV, Lancaster, California, 2010
(image 2) © CHEMA MADOZ
Untitled, Madrid, 2003
Our current exhibitions — American Beauty on Bruised Knees at RKG @ Ars Libri (500 Harrison Ave) and Chema Madoz: Sin Titulo at Robert Klein Gallery (38 Newbury St) end this Saturday! Stop by beforehand to catch some great work.