Newsha Tavakolian has been selected as a 2006 All Roads Photography Program award-winner for her photo essay entitled Iran: Women in the Axis of Evil.
The All Roads Film Project is a National Geographic initiative supporting powerful first person storytelling by indigenous and minority culture filmmakers and still photographers.
Newsha, 25, has been working as a photographer in the Iranian press since she was 16. In 2002 she started to work internationally, covering Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. She feels strongly about women’s issues in the Middle East, a focal point of her work.
She is represented by Polaris images in New York, USA.
The Reality of Pakistan: “I am sitting in my house in Tehran watching ‘Sex and the City’ on a DVD, which sometimes can make you really happy in this town. Later, when the news starts, there is a report on an earthquake in Pakistan. At the same time my phone rings. It’s J.P. Pappis from Polaris Images, my agency. He asks if I can go cover the earthquake in Pakistan… “
Images of Iran: Aiding the Stereotypes: “… Iranian artists should be original and not produce art only with the aim of pleasing western audiences. Art lovers and development organizations in the West should take more daring steps in promoting Iranian art. They should look beyond famous names and good reputations, and pay attention to the thousands of young artists who are ready to show their point of view. Give them the freedom to be as original as they can be.
Zoom sur l’Iran: an interview with Newsha
Photos of Iran, Iraq and Pakistan