Monday, June 6, 2016

18 Interesting Color Photographs of Iran in the 1950s

In 1956, Austrian-born photojournalist Inge Morath traveled to the Middle East for Holiday Magazine; there she wore the traditional chador and traveled alone most of the time. Among the various countries she visited, a fascination with the history of the Silk Road led to extensive travels in Iran.

Inge Morath’s subjects range from politics to religion and from work to commerce; from the Shah’s palace to the nomad’s tent to the Zoroaster’s sacred shrine. She worked for long stretches in Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz, and Yazd, travelling a mountainous route from city to city and stopping in small villages along the way. Morath entered deeply into the culture of the places she visited and the lives of the people she photographed in order to document, in her words, “the continuity - or lack of it - between past and present.”



















(Images © Inge Morath © The Inge Morath Foundation/Magnum Photos)

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