The women of Tehran's Red Light DistrictPhotography // Friday, 25 Apr 2014
From 1975 until 1977, photojournalist Kaveh Golestan documented the faces and stories of the women of Tehran's red light district. Even though Golestan is primarily known for documenting war and conflict in the Middle East, her social photography shines a similarly necessary light on a different kind of life happening in Iran. Golestan's series of 45 black-and-white photographs, capturing the gritty reality of the region known as the Citadel of Shahr-e No, ran in the Iranian newspaper Ayandegan and was shown in 1978 at the University of Tehran. However, authorities shut down the exhibit after 14 days without an official explanation, likely due to pressure exerted by the country's intelligence services. One year after the show, the Citadel burned to the ground during the 1979 revolution, so Golestan's photos remain some of the only memories of that particular time and place.