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Humans Of New York In Iran: Street Portraits By Brandon Stanton (PHOTOS)

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About Brandon:
His name is Brandon and He began Humans of New York in the summer of 2010. HONY resulted from an idea that He had to construct a photographic census of New York City. H thought it would be really cool to create an exhaustive catalogue of the city’s inhabitants, so H set out to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers and plot their photos on a map..Read more : (http://www.humansofnewyork.com/about)

ON TRAVEL TO IRAN:
The US Government has a lengthy travel warning for Iran. While not advising you to ignore this warning, I do advise that you balance it with direct accounts of Americans who have recently visited the country. These accounts are generally filled with superlatives— the country is beautiful, the history is rich, and the people are eager to demonstrate their almost-sacred commitment to hospitality.


Americans are especially loved. This was noted in every travel account that I read, and I can confirm the fact. You will be smiled at, waved at, invited to meals, and asked to deliver personal messages to Jennifer Lopez. American music, movies, and media are thoroughly consumed by the people of Iran. Like all countries, there are many different viewpoints, but the vast majority of people will associate you with a culture they admire and respect.
I was by no means starry eyed. I’m well aware of Iran’s modern history and government, though my portraits pointedly contained no mention of either. Some of the government’s policies are unfortunately impossible to ignore: Israelis, for example, are not allowed to enter the country. You cannot even enter the country if you have an Israeli stamp in your passport.* I mention this only because it’s well publicized and relavent to travel. I’m avoiding all other critiques, because I am foremost a photographer, and these issues are well-trodden by Western media outlets.
But I can tell you this: for two weeks I mingled with the culture, people, and scenery of Iran, with almost no interference from the government. (A privilege admittedly denied to Iran’s citizenry) I enjoyed the advantages that a tourist receives in any country. Like all countries, Iran has a strong economic interest in insuring its tourists enjoy themselves. Everyone in an official capacity will be very eager that you enjoy your stay. The unfortunate reality is that our two governments have hostile relations, so you will not be allowed to stay in Iranian homes, or go off on your own with Iranian friends. But you will be given extensive freedom to tour the country.

Because you are an American, you will be assigned a guide. But this will be an unexpected blessing. The guide is trained in tourism, and is by no means a government “minder.” Beyond insuring that you adhere to the guidelines mentioned above, their job is to educate you on the history and culture of Iran. Assuming you have no interest in journalism or espionage, the guide will facilitate and expand your experience. In all likelihood, he/she will become your friend. My guide was Mohammad Eslami. If you plan on travelling to Iran, I recommend contacting him: mohammadjavad_82@yahoo.com
You will need a visa. This is most easily achieved through AITO, a tourism agency linked with the Foreign Ministry. In all likelihood it will be approved within 2 weeks. Your visa will need to be retrieved from the Pakistani embassy in Washington DC. (Though I believe you can arrange for it to be shipped.)
Lastly, travel to Iran is extremely cheap right now. It is a darkly beneficial effect of the recent currency devaluation. In very few places can you currently see more, for less.

I’ll close with the common cliche: Iran’s government is not its people. You can greatly enjoy a country, while at the same time disagreeing with it’s government. Travel is not advocacy of ideology or policy. Travel is travel, and it’s the single greatest contributor to understanding between culture.As a result, the collection of photographs that emerged from this trip were a collaborative effort. I provided the eye, Mohammad provided the tongue. Without him, none of these photos would exist, and I am so thankful for his contribution.
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‘The Color of Paradise’


There are always certain films that leave a mark upon us. Majid Majidi’s The Color of Paradise is one of those films; even if it doesn’t make you cry, its innocence and beauty profoundly affects you.

The Color of Paradise is a simple, yet powerful story of a blind young boy, Mohamed who is a student boarder at an institute for the blind in Tehran. His father, Hashem who is a widower, two sisters (Haniyeh and Bahareh) and his paternal grandmother (who everyone affectionately calls Aziz) live in a village up in the mountains near Tehran. The father is planning to marry a woman and he hasn’t told her or her family about Mohamed. So he tries to find ways to get rid of his son.

Meanwhile, Mohamed is ecstatic to be home for the summer and to meet his sisters and grandmother after being away for a long time. What he doesn’t know is that his father wants to get rid of him so he can remarry a woman in the village. At least it is not apparent to him until much later in the film when he’s being taken away by his father who wants to apprentice him to a well-known blind carpenter in the vicinity.

The real beauty of the film lies in those little moments of the film where we see Mohamed at one with the nature around him. Even in the city, he is still at one with nature. And why should he not be? He is closer to the wind, the plants, the birds and animals around him than we, the sighted, could ever be. When he travels to his village accompanied by his father, there are moments where Mohamed is lost in his own little world, trying to find God around him. He takes a rock, sand from a seashore, a weed or two and ‘reads’ as if he were reading his Braille books. This continues when he gets to his village where he visits the fields on the surrounding mountainside with his grandmother.

Mohamed meets his litte sister after returning to his village.
Mohamed finally finds God in the last scene as his lifeless body lies in his father’s arm. The clouds break and sunlight shines upon the father and son after a long spell of relentless rain and subsequent floods. When the sunlight falls upon Mohamed’s hand, it starts to move in the familiar rhythm, as if he is ‘reading’ the signs that God is near him. Then his hand turns around so that his palm his facing the sunlight, as if God has held his hand…

Shahid Mohebbi Complex for the blind


Shahid Mohebbi Complex for the blind(in Persian: مجتمع نابینایان شهید محبی )is a multi segment complex school for the blind, visually impaird or the disabled people in Tehran, Iran which is consisted of the 3 segments of the Iranian education system: primary, middle and high school. This complex also has 3 dormitories for the blind and disabled people who come from different parts of Iran to Tehran for education. Due to its nature, this complex has been built to meet the demands of the Iranian blind and disabled people.

For this reason, there is a speciall gym suitable for the sports of the disabled like Goalball. In addition, this complex has a small hospital, a football yard, a library(consisted of both printed and audio books), an art faculty and a computer room in which the disabled students can make use of their free time by reading books(or listening to them), doing sports, learning computer science and surfing the net.

Charming Place with Nice People

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Shemshak resort which absorb you to come and enjoy .

A tower with a great history…


Standing guard like a sentry at the gates of Tehran, Iran, is the impressive Azadi Tower (Freedom Tower), built in 1971 and comprised of eight thousand white marble blocks. A combination of both Islamic and Sassanid architectural styles, the fifty-foot high tower commemorates the formation of the Persian Empire and is an interesting combination of both modern and ancient cultures.

The tower is part of the Azadi cultural complex, located in Tehran’s 50,000-square-meter Azadi square, which is made up of a museum and several fountains.
The arch rises from Azadi Square mirroring the Elburz (Alborz) mountain range just north of the city. Though not as wondrous as the snowy peaks of Mount Damavand, it is a 148 foot tall masterpiece of cut marble that marks the entrance to this historic city.


The audio – video hall of the complex which has been designed based on Iran`s geographical map displays the regional characteristics of Iran in so far as cultural, life style, religious and historical monuments are concerned. A mechanical conveyer allows the visitors to visit the hall in total comfort. Some art galleries and halls have been allocated to temporary fairs and exhibitions.

The architect, Hossein Amanat, won a competition to design the monument, which combines elements of Sassanid and Islamic architecture. It is part of the Azadi cultural complex, located in Tehran’s Azadi Square in an area of some 50,000 m². There are several fountains around the base of the tower and a museum underground. The iconic Monument des Martyrs in Algiers (built, 1982) shows a strong influence by this monument, in its general design as well as its details.

Built with white marble stone from the Esfahan region, there are eight thousand blocks of stone. The stones were all located and supplied by Ghanbar Rahimi, whose knowledge of the quarries was second to none and who was known as “Soltan-e-Sang-e-Iran”. The shape of each of the blocks was calculated by a computer, and programmed to include all the instructions for the building’s work. The actual construction of the tower was carried out, and supervised by Iran’s finest master stonemason, Ghaffar Davarpanah Varnosfaderani. The main financing was provided by a group of five hundred Iranian industrialists. The inauguration took place on October 16, 1971.

“Best Iranian Food”

Nayeb: “Local Food”


Nayeb is one of the famous restaurant in Tehran, the first restaurant open 50 years ago and now it have seven branches.
In Nayeb serve Iranian food and first branch located in Bazaar and one of them is in Vozara St.

Favorite Dish: Barg ( it made with meat ) چلوکباب برگ ممتاز
Jooje ( chicken ) جوجه‌کباب
Fiele ( very delicious meat for cow and sheep ) فیله‌
Shishlik ( made with meat ) شیشلیک‌
Zeresh polo زرشک‌پلو
Mahi ( fish ) ماهی


Food is important for you or no ? Make good and delicious food is a art, Iran’s women are very good cookery.
Some foods are popular and some of them are special and made in a part of my country. for example every cities you can find Cholo kabab, Jooje kabab, Ghorme Sabzi and …. .but for example only in Azarbayejan you can find Ashe doogh, or in east of Iran people like Shirin Polo from another place.

In Tehran you can find restaurants in every place. if you go for shopping in Bazaar don’t worry you can eat very delicious food and it is cheaper than another place.
In north of Tehran food’s price more expensive than another place. fast food don’t serve in restaurant.

“TEHRAN ,the City of Life”

If you come to Iran with airplane, Absolutely you visit Tehran in first steep, Tehran is very big city with more than 15,000,000 population and have very bad traffic.
Tehran in middle of Iran, but it is closer to north of Iran, distance from Tehran to west or east is same, for example distance between Tehran and Shiraz is 1000 km and to Esfahan is 450 km.
Tehran’s weather is pollution specially in winter, but north of Tehran have good weather in winter and summer.
Tehran don’t have long history the same as Shiraz or another history cities but you can find good museums, shop center, nice place for rest in this city.

Tehran is expensive for Iranian people but for guest people is cheap, Tehran have nice night and i like it more than day. Tehran in Summer is very warm and in winter is so cold because it is near Damavand mountain, tallest mountain in Iran.

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