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Visual Culture

Posted in Art, Culture, Graphic, Illustration, Iran by homeyra on February 21, 2007

These days, the new cultural criteria seems to be: Whatever you don’t see on CNN.

” … I remember being surprised when I read that some of my favorite designs in “area. 100 graphic designers. 010 curators. 010 design classics” are by designers who live and work in Tehran. Cutting edge graphic design is not something I would associate with Iran. But as I found out there is in fact a thriving graphic design scene in Iran …” Ivar Hagendoorn, read more


Much has been said lately about the nose jobs and culture gaps in Iran of late, but little light has been shed on the art … … … the arrangement of the Farsi words. Sometimes they are knotted together in an unintelligable nest, and other times drip out of a clenched fist. It’s a facet of the book that makes this a gem for typographers. A fine visual reference really for anyone interested in a largely unexplored aspect of Iranian culture, maybe our State Department should pick up a copy or two … ” Tokion, read more


Iranian graphic design is some of the most impressive happening today, and this is the first collection aimed at international readers. In the past few years, Iranian designers have won admiring attention overseas, though to date most of this has come from non English-speaking countries, particularly France … ” eyemagazine, read more


“… the current trends absorbing the minds and talents of Iranian artists is a fascinating mixture of poetry, humanistic statements and reactions to the nearly constant states of upheaval in this seminal land …”


“… Maybe I am wrong, maybe I am reading too much into it, maybe my lens is too tinted or tainted. Either way, it is a record nonetheless of what is on the minds of modern day Iranian artists, reporting that the truth is once again alive and well inside modern day Iran and recording our history like it always has. For better or worse. It’s good to see you again my friends…”Persian Mirror, read more


” … At this particular time in our history, with our somewhat distorted reportage of Iran as depicted on television and the news media clouding our appreciation of an extant yet ancient culture fully transported into the present, this fine book provides an important bridge toward understanding a fascinating country. As is so often the case the artists are our shaman and offer us a more humanistic view of differences and similarities among our global neighborhood. This book is a must for all students and practitioners of art in this country: it is also highly recommended as an introduction to the creativity of a nation seeking understanding!” Grady Harp, read more

See more in the IMAGE GALLERY thx to


New Visual Culture of Modern Iran colorfully showcases some of the most innovative and impressive work from illustrators, graphic designers and photographers living and working in Iran today. As Abedini writes in his introduction: “This book . . . will give you an insight into the real Iran, other than what the BBC or CNN news would give you!

Reza Abedini is the recipient of The Principal Prince Claus Award
Graphic design, Illustrations, Photography by Reza Abedini and Hans Wolbers
2006, Mark Batty Publisher

Lava: content driven design
Review and more photos at Peyvand

reza05.jpg An exhibition: The Visual Language of Reza Abedin

Platform 21, Amsterdam, January 2007

reza04.jpgreza01.jpg Click on images


Interesting international graphic websites:
eye, the International review of graphic design
Ivar Hagendoorn


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  1. peoplesgeography said, on February 21, 2007 at 2:21 pm

    A visual treat, this cutting edge graphic design. I particularly like the art that features Persian words, such as in the first and last photographs.

  2. homeyra said, on February 21, 2007 at 10:03 pm

    The “cutting edge” aspect, is a quote, I didn’t know about it. There are a total of 28 pictures, you might have time to have a look, I recommend. In the image gallery, thanks to

  3. proggiemuslima said, on February 26, 2007 at 1:13 am

    I followed the link to What beautiful and intriguing work!

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