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image and text by
Shadi Ghadirian

In the series Qajar,
I tried to reconstruct the atmosphere of a previous era by using old backdrops.
My models, chosen among close family and friends,
are shown wearing clothes from the turn of the 20th century and are carrying objects,
mostly smuggled, into contemporary Iran.

When I was working on this series of photographs,
I had just graduated and the duality and contradiction of life at that time
provided the motive for me to display this contrast:
a woman who one can not say to what time she belongs;
a photograph from two eras; a woman who is dazed;
a woman who is not connected to the objects in her possession.

via Conscientious
and Women in Photography