Thursday, December 28, 2006

Photo Essay: Taking A Tour Through Iran’s Heartland

Photographed by Lorraine Adams & Written by Peter Holslin

Look at Iran’s coverage in major U.S. newspapers and you’ll find that stories on culture, arts and everyday lives are virtually nonexistent. Unfortunately, most Americans see Iran through a prism of nuclear threat and radicalism.

Recently, to give her Advanced Nonfiction students a new perspective, Lang journalism professor Lorraine Adams brought in these photographs, taken while she was traveling through Iran researching an upcoming novel.

Iran is rich with Persian history and culture. Farsi is a beautiful, ancient language; poetry is especially cherished in Iranian culture. Truck-drivers often write romantic poetry on their mud-flaps and women and children spend holidays visiting shrines for celebrated poets.

Often, Adams says, Iranians hate the repressive government and love Americans.

Young Boy in Kalat.

Woman in Torbat-e-Jam, Iran, near the Afghanistan border.

Teenage girls in Shiraz.

Farmer who lives a few miles from Iran’s main nuclear enrichment facility at Natanz.

Young girl in Kalat.

Boy selling cotton candy at bazaar in Kerman.

Mud-flap poetry.

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